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.

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If you’re seeking an athletic, typey, competitive horse to go Prelim and above, take a look at this 16.2hh, 2007 gelding by Unforgettable Max out of Respectable. Raced 24 times and already reschooled, It Takes Two aka “Tango” proved to be too powerful for the young tween who fell in love with him when he came off the track. Think about it – a tween doesn’t need a Jaguar, but maybe you do? 

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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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Every year the Kentucky Horse Park welcomes the public on Hats Off! Day to come for free to learn about and enjoy horses. It’s a tribute to and a celebration of these wonderful animals and all they do, giving us pleasure, providing between 80,000 and 100,000 jobs and an estimated 8 billion dollars to our economy. The events of the day are varied from free pony rides, educational booths, interactive equine stations and demonstrations. In the evening there is The Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix, a challenging show jumping competition between top international horses and riders held in the beautiful outdoor Rolex Stadium.

Early this morning (5am to be precise), a team of intrepid interns led by MMSC Barn and Media Manager Catherine Flowers arrived and readied two MMSC horses, Regiment and Maine Avenue, to be taken down to the Rolex stadium for the shooting of a television ad to promote the event. There, Hall of Fame jockeys Jean Cruguet and Chris McCarron awaited them.  McCarron was given a quick leg up on Reggie and Cruguet on Maine, and they rode around the arena with the cameras rolling.

“A lot of people don’t know that we are at the Horse Park and that we have lovely reschooled Thoroughbreds available for adoption, so to have that mention on ABC36 News WTVQ was really nice, “ said MMSC Director, Susanna Thomas. “We hope that many people saw the story throughout the day and will come to celebrate all that horses do for Kentucky! What was truly sensational though for us at the MMSC was to have two such legendary jockeys as Chris McCarron and Jean Cruguet aback our horses.  WOW! That’s a once in a lifetime experience that we will treasure here at the MMSC.”  Hats off to Hats Off Day at the Kentucky Horse Park.

From left to right: Maine Avenue aka "Maine", MMSC Intern Alicia, Chris McCarron, Jean Cruguet, MMSC Intern Michaela, Regiment aka "Reggie"

From left to right: Maine Avenue aka "Maine", MMSC Intern Alicia, Chris McCarron, Jean Cruguet, MMSC Intern Michaela, Regiment aka "Reggie"