The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC), located in the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, the Horse Capital of the World, is a premier reschooling facility and showcase for adoptable Thoroughbreds. Founded in 2004, the MMSC uses its illustrious location to herald the athleticism of this amazing breed by teaching new skill sets to horses of all levels of ability using the Horse Centered Reschooling Program® developed by MMSC Director Susanna Thomas so they can go on and be ambassadors for racehorses in new careers. The MMSC is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday (9 to 2) and proud to offer myriad educational opportunities for learning about and interacting with this remarkable horse–The Thoroughbred–America’s equine sports vehicle.


This hunk of handsome is bold but level-headed - a super combination for your next event horse! Plucky with a can-do attitude, this 16hh, 2010 gelding by Smart Strike out of Miss Shop is keen to please and likes a good time, particularly if jumping is involved. Jazz Fest aka “Jay Z” moves nicely and is easy on the eyes too. He had one start with a total earnings of $125! Clearly he was destined to be great in other arenas!

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“Our goal,” says Director Susanna Thomas, “is to figure out who a horse is inherently, what its ‘horsenality’ is like, to strengthen its weaknesses, to heal its wounds, whether they be physical, mental, or spiritual, to ‘find out what the horse wants to be when it grows up,’ and then to find the perfect person to adopt it. That is our purpose, our privilege and our passion here at the MMSC.”

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The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center offers two general Internship Positions in the Spring, Fall and Summer semesters for current college students.  To apply, applicants must be college students in good standing with their current University and have a dedicated interest in learning.

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SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015, 8am through noon
**Auditing proceeds to benefit the MMSC**

How many chances have you had to train with a master? Have you ever worked with someone who has ridden one of the fastest mares of the century? This is your opportunity to learn from someone who has a keen eye for horses and can guide you and your OTTB to the next level.

Nuno Santos is a consummate horseman, having been successful at the top echelons of jumping, dressage, endurance riding, and horse racing. With his classical background in dressage combined with his Thoroughbred experience gained by riding such famous horses as Fusaichi Pegasus, Ghostzapper, and Azeri and training many OTTBs for second careers, Nuno will bring fresh insight into your riding and training. Nuno has competed successfully in the 2013 and 2014 Thoroughbred Makeovers and has a great understanding of how to transition Thoroughbreds from the track to a new career.

In this exclusive clinic, Nuno will teach you the importance of correct and tactful use of the aides, how to achieve a balanced seat, both of which will instill new levels of confidence, understanding and harmony in you and your horse. Movements and figures will be explained and demonstrated to illustrate how these exercises improve gait quality and the Thoroughbreds' natural way of going.

To register, visit or email or call Jan Roehl at and 859-559-1409. Riding sessions are 1 hour and limited to 6 riders. $95 per ride. Audit all sessions for $25, payable at the door, and watch Nuno work with a variety of horses. Auditing proceeds to benefit the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center, payable at the door.

Nuno Santos and Ken's Kitten Showing in the 2013 RRP THoroughbred Makeover

Nuno Santos and Ken's Kitten Showing in the 2013 RRP THoroughbred Makeover