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.
“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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Do you want to learn how to transition a Thoroughbred from the track to the show ring? Then we have an internship for you! We offer positions in the spring, summer, and fall for current college students interested in barn management, training, marketing, business, communications and more! Internships are flexible and can be tailored to your specific needs and wants.
The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) grant for 2015! The mission of the TCA is to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers by supporting rescue, retirement and research and by helping the people who work with them. TCA is a charitable 501(c) (3) organization which follows a "United Way" methodology, providing the Thoroughbred industry and its supporters a way to give to one organization while helping many. Over the past 24 years TCA has provided nearly $20 million grants to more than 200 Thoroughbred-related organizations.
The MMSC has been a lucky recipient of TCA’s generosity for many years. This year the MMSC will use the grant to help pay for farrier and dental expenses.
“Before we commence reschooling any horse the first two ESSENTIAL areas of concern are the mouth and the feet," says MMSC Director Susanna Thomas. "If the teeth or the hooves are uneven, the horse will be unbalanced and this will affect its performance, soundness, and ability to train. We are so very grateful to the TCA for recognizing the importance of these concerns in our approach to reschooling Thoroughbreds for new careers and for their continued support of our program each year! Thank you TCA!”