MAKER’S MARK SECRETARIAT CENTER ACHIEVES MILESTONE ADOPTION RECORD IN 2016

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MAKER’S MARK SECRETARIAT CENTER ACHIEVES MILESTONE ADOPTION RECORD IN 2016
62 Retired Racehorses Embark on Their New Careers

Lexington, KY. January 4, 2017 – Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) topped off 2016 with sweet success by celebrating their best year yet!  In 2016 MMSC placed a record-breaking 62 retired Thoroughbreds in new homes and providing them with second careers. MMSC is a premier non-profit re-schooling facility for adoptable Thoroughbreds, located at the Kentucky Horse Park. They teach new skills to horses by utilizing the natural strength of the Thoroughbred.

“Thoroughbreds are timeless… they have reigned supreme in equestrian sports,” says MMSC Director, Susanna Thomas. “They are smart, athletic and big-hearted. As people are recognizing the magnificence of this beautiful breed, the demand for Thoroughbreds has skyrocketed. Giving these horses a second chance and helping them transition into a new career is a lot of work, but watching as they are adopted into new families is the most rewarding feeling.”

The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center has a very specific system: The Horse Centered Reschooling Program℠ developed by Thomas gives an off-track Thoroughbred a foundation that an amateur can successfully build upon. The Center also is cautious to match each adopter with a horse that has a consistent temperament and can achieve the adopter’s chosen goals.

"I adopted Bowie after initially meeting him two weeks prior during a trip to KY for the Thoroughbred Makeover that my husband and I were attending,” said Ruth Goethals, who adopted a horse from MMSC. “I spent a couple of days with Bowie and during that time I found the entire staff welcoming, informative and extremely accommodating. The experience was amazing. Our trainer has often commented that the Secretariat Center hit a home run in matching Bowie and I.”

It is because of this dedication to being “horse-centric” in all that they do, including their focus on successful matches, that the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center has been hailed by equine professionals as “The Gold Standard in Thoroughbred Reschooling.”

To learn more about Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, please visit: http://www.secretariatcenter.org/.

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About Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center: The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) is a premier non-profit re-schooling facility and showcase for adoptable Thoroughbreds. Founded in 2004, the MMSC uses its illustrious location in the Kentucky Horse Park to herald the athleticism of this amazing breed by teaching new skill sets to horses of all levels of ability so they can go on to be ambassadors for racehorses in new careers.

MMSC and #GivingTuesday on November 29

What is #GivingTuesday?

The fifth annual #GivingTuesday inspires personal philanthropy and encourages bigger, better and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season, showing that the world truly gives as good as it gets. #GivingTuesday will take place on November 29. 2016.

Why do people participate in Giving Tuesday?

We give because we care. We give to make a change. We give to support organizations we align with. Whether you give to give back or to support a cause the reasons are endless. In less than a few weeks, millions of individuals across the globe will come together to make November 29th the most charitable day (ever!)

What if I already gave to the MMSC Annual Fund?

With our complete gratitude, we ask if you have already contributed to our Annual Fund this year - you can still participate in posting our #GivingTuesday message on your Facebook page or forwarding on our message via email to your personal networks.

How do I donate to MMSC on #GivingTuesday?

Donating is easy! On Tuesday November 29th, just click the below link to visit our donation page. Follow the instructions to donate and you’re all set.

Donate to MMSC on #GivingTuesday

How do I post this to my Facebook page and get my personal network involved?

If you are looking to help #GTSupportMMSC go viral… copy, paste and post the below message to Facebook or Instagram.

Friends and Family! Join me in supporting @MakersMarkSecretariatCenter on #GivingTuesday. Visit http://www.secretariatcenter.org/donate/ to support a great organization. #GTSupportMMSC

MMSC Legacy Horse Haxby Park Finishes Thoroughbred Makeover in 7th

Thank you to Team Haxby Park for a wonderful weekend at the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover! Haxby Park, one of this year's Legacy horses, finished in 7th place in the Freestyle discipline with his trainer Tik Maynard. We are so grateful to Tik for all his work this year with Haxby, and we congratulate them on their great finish at the Makeover!

We are also now thrilled to announce that Haxby's forever home is with none other than Jeffy Tow-Arnett and Lauren Wood, adopters of Nowhere to Hide, Wordsworth, Midwest Swing, You Jest, and Bordeaux Bandit! Jeffy fell in love with Haxby when the tall chestnut gelding first stepped onto the MMSC campus. He adopted Haxby earlier this year and made the decision to enter him in the Makeover with Tik. Now that the competition has concluded, Haxby is on his way to Minnesota with Jeffy and Lauren this morning, where he will begin his new career as a show jumper with Lauren. We can't wait to cheer them on!

You can read the fully story of Jeffy, Lauren and their herd of MMSC horses here: http://bit.ly/2eRJGhh

Pictured from left to right: MMSC Director Susanna Thomas, Lauren Wood, Stacie Westmoreland (Tik's assisstant trainer), Tik Maynard, Jeffy Tow-Arnett, and Betty Jo Arnett (Jeffy's mom)

Pictured from left to right: MMSC Director Susanna Thomas, Lauren Wood, Stacie Westmoreland (Tik's assisstant trainer), Tik Maynard, Jeffy Tow-Arnett, and Betty Jo Arnett (Jeffy's mom)

Run for the Horses 5K Raises $1000 for the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center

Thank you runners and walkers!

Your participation and donations helped us raise over $1,000 for the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center last night.  We had such a great time we plan to make this an annual event!

Special thanks to horseman/eventer Tik Maynard for making the special effort to be with us.  Thanks also to Bob Mickler's and Chick Fil A for donating race prizes and our energetic race volunteers. And thanks to RaceRise for putting on a wonderful race!

RACE RESULTS can be found at www.RaceRise.com

RACE PHOTO LINKS (Thanks to The Picture Lady Photography)

>PreRace/Race Start/Course Click Here

>Finishers Photos/Awards Click Here

Thanks again friends.  We'll be in touch as we make plans for the 2017 Run For The Horses!

- Catherine Flowers, MMSC Program Coordinator
- Bob Baney, Race Rise

Photo: The Picture Lady Photography

Photo: The Picture Lady Photography

MAKER’S MARK SECRETARIAT CENTER’S RUN FOR THE HORSES 5K

Lexington, K.Y. – October 28, 2016 – Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC), a non-profit equine adoption organization hailed as the “Gold Standard of Thoroughbred Reschooling” located in the Kentucky Horse Park, will be hosting the Run for the Horses on Friday, October 28 at 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit MMSC’s initiatives to find second careers and future homes for former racehorses.

The course will be set throughout the scenic Kentucky Horse Park beginning at the MMSC campus during the Thoroughbred Makeover, the Retired Racehorse Project’s annual showcase for off the track Thoroughbreds. The Run for the Horses 5K will be presented by RaceRise who will provide chip timing for each runner. Awards will be given for overall and specific age groups. In addition, a special prize will be awarded in a challenge to anyone who can “Catch Tik,” a remarkable horseman who won the 2015 Thoroughbred Makeover Freestyle and placed fourth in the hotly contested Rolex Kentucky 5K in April of 2016.

“Our hope is that all who care about horses will come out and participate by running or walking in the Run for the Horses,” said MMSC director Susanna Thomas.  “Thoroughbreds have run their legs off for us.  Indeed, in addition to providing enjoyment with the sport of racing, our local economy is dependent on them, and every one of us in Lexington owes our beautiful bucolic lifestyle totally to them.  Let us now show our appreciation for all of this by striding out for them on Friday!” Register online here: www.RunForTheHorses5K.org

Packet pickup will be Friday, October 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center office.

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About Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center: The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) is a premier non-profit reschooling facility and showcase for adoptable Thoroughbreds. Founded in 2004, the MMSC uses its illustrious location in the Kentucky Horse Park to herald the athleticism and versatility of this amazing breed by teaching new skill sets to horses of all levels of ability so they can go on to be ambassadors for racehorses in new careers.

MMSC's Movie Night: Exclusive Showing of award-winning film "Dark Horse"

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Contact: Jessica Greene, Sirota Public Relations
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MAKER’S MARK SECRETARIAT CENTER’S LEXINGTON MOVIE NIGHT

Exclusive showing of Sundance and Toronto Film Festival winning film Dark Horse

Lexington, KY. October 7, 2016 -- Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC), a premier non-profit re-schooling facility for adoptable Thoroughbreds located at the Kentucky Horse Park hosted a movie night featuring the award-winning documentary, Dark Horse.

The Dark Horse Movie Night took place on Thursday, October 6th at the historic Kentucky Theater at 214 East Main Street. The money raised from ticket proceeds will benefit MMSC’s initiatives to find a second career and future homes for off the track Thoroughbreds. Each horse is taught new skill sets through their re-schooling program while embracing the breed’s physical and emotional strengths and limitations.

Dark Horse is a documentary based on a true story about Dream Alliance, a horse born and bred by a syndicate in a depressed South Wales mining village. This horse performed against all odds and conquered the world of racing.

“We wanted to switch into fall gear by inviting the Lexington community to a fun, family friendly evening that we hope will bring both Lexington community members as well as the equestrian world together,” said Director of Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, Susanna Thomas. “With the constant support of our community members, we are capable of sharing our story and mission, which is able to leave an indelible mark in our hearts and transform the lives of Thoroughbreds.”

The event had open seating; VIP tickets provided patrons with access to the complimentary wine bar.

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About Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center: The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) is a premier non-profit re-schooling facility and showcase for adoptable Thoroughbreds. Founded in 2004, the MMSC uses its illustrious location in the Kentucky Horse Park to herald the athleticism of this amazing breed by teaching new skill sets to horses of all levels of ability so they can go on to be ambassadors for racehorses in new careers.

Support the MMSC with your Kroger Plus Card

Supporting the MMSC is as easy as shopping at Kroger! Simply register your Kroger Plus card in the Kroger Community Rewards Program, and start shopping. Kroger will donate a percentage of every item you buy to the MMSC. This program won't affect your own rewards or fuel points.

To register your Kroger Plus card, follow these steps:

  • Go to krogercommunityrewards.com and have your Kroger Plus card handy. Don't have a Kroger Plus card yet? They are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  • Click on "Sign In/Register".
  • If you are a new online customer, click "Sign Up Today".
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering your zip code, clicking on your favorite store, entering your email address, creating a password, and agreeing to the terms and conditions.
  • You will get a message to check your email inbox. Do so, and click on the link within the body of the email from Kroger.
  • Click on "My Account" and use your email and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on "Edit Kroger Community Rewards" information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • To add the MMSC, enter "Maker's Mark Secretariat Center", select it from the list, and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see the MMSC listed on the right side of your information page.
  • Do you use your phone number at Kroger registers? Call 800-576-4377 and select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.

MMSC's Clean Start Program Receives ASPCA Grant

Lexington, KY -- The Maker's Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC), located at the Kentucky Horse Park, is pleased to announce the award of a generous grant from the ASCPA to launch the MMSC's Clean Start: Let Down and Lay Up project, an off-site program for Thoroughbreds coming directly off the track that need rest and rehabilitation prior to being retrained for new careers.

"The MMSC has the most prodigious of addresses: the Kentucky Horse Park, which gives us a lot of visibility and demand for our horses. But our campus is small, and its handful of paddocks and ten-stall barn limits the number of horses we can take in at one time," says MMSC Director Susanna Thomas. "The ASPCA's support of our new initiative will allow us to help many more horses annually because they will come to us ready to be reschooled. We are very grateful for the ASPCA's recognition of our need."

"Although their racing days may have come to an end, retirees have a lot to offer as they transition into new and varied careers - a process that required significant time and resources," said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. "The ASPCA is pleased to award this grant to the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center as part of our Rescuing Racers Initiative, to assist their efforts to care for and rehabilitate retired racers for their second act."

Like soldiers returning from war, off-track Thoroughbreds have aching muscles and limbs, ulcers, and sometimes PTSD. They need time to heal - mentally, emotionally, and physically - and to learn to just be horses again. The MMSC's Clean Start program will allow horses to go directly from the track to a nearby farm for let down and lay up. Here they can unwind physically and mentally so they will be ready when they come to the MMSC to commence the Horse Centered Reschooling Program, a rigorous training curriculum that gives them solid foundations for loving new homes. "This will allow horses to progress much more quickly through our program," Thomas says, "which means that more horses than ever before will be available for adoption."

The idea behind the MMSC, which opened in 2004, was to use the illustrious location of the Kentucky Horse Park to educate the public about the versatility and athleticism of off-track Thoroughbreds in second careers and to provide a marquee for OTTB reschooling and adoption. The initial funding came from Maker's Mark, Keeneland Race Course, and private donors. Today, the MMSC is supported solely by donations, grants, and adoption fees. Director Susanna Thomas brought the Horse Centered Reschooling Program to the MMSC. It is a holistic interdisciplinary training program comprised of three distinct phases: body, spirit, and mind. Potential adopters must fill out an application and when approved come to the MMSC to try the horse/s to make sure that the fit between horse and adopter is a good one. Reschooling sessions and the Bucephalus Training Library, a compendium of books and resources about training horses, are open to the public. For more information, visit www.secretariatcenter.org.

MMSC Receives Grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America

The MMSC is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a 2016 grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America! The mission of TCA is to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers, by supporting qualified repurposing and retirement organizations and by helping the people who care for them. MMSC Director Susanna Thomas says, “TCA is an amazing organization that works tirelessly to help the horses and the people in the racing industry. It receives numerous requests every year for assistance from organizations across the country. To be recognized by TCA and to receive support for some of the MMSC’s needs is an honor for which we are supremely grateful.”

“We are very pleased that the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center successfully met our criteria for a grant,” said Erin Crady executive director of TCA. “The MMSC works diligently to rehab, retrain and rehome former racers and we are thrilled that they have already surpassed their total number of 2015 adoptions.”

Established in 2004 at the Kentucky Horse Park, the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center serves as a marquee to broadcast the athleticism, versatility, and trainability of off-track Thoroughbreds for second careers. Hailed by professionals as "the Gold Standard in Thoroughbred Reschooling", the MMSC’s focus is two-fold. One, to build a solid foundation of new skill sets so that a horse can move seamlessly and successfully onto a new job and home, and two, to carefully match each animal with a compatible adopter who recognizes its needs, its assets, and if they exist, its limitations. The small campus of 24 acres is heavily traversed by as many as 50 horses each year, and its fencing and paddocks are in dire need of maintenance. The generous TCA grant will be put towards the important and very literal work of providing greener pastures for all the MMSC horses.

TCA Executive Director Erin Crady (middle) presents the grant award to MMSC Director Susanna Thomas (right) and MMSC Barn Manager/Trainer Erin Strader (left).

TCA Executive Director Erin Crady (middle) presents the grant award to MMSC Director Susanna Thomas (right) and MMSC Barn Manager/Trainer Erin Strader (left).

MMSC Achieves Milestone Adoption Record

Lexington, KY. June 20, 2016 – In just five short months, Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) has prepared twenty-five retired thoroughbreds for their second careers and placed them into new homes. MMSC is a premier non-profit re-schooling facility for adoptable Thoroughbreds, located at the Kentucky Horse Park. They teach new skills to horses of all levels of abilities by utilizing the natural strength of the thoroughbred. 

The American Thoroughbred once reigned supreme as the equine athlete of choice in equestrian sports, but lost is supremacy to warmbloods in the ‘80s.  Yet all fashions tend to resurge, and thankfully once again the American Thoroughbred seems to be stepping out again in the show world. As a result, the demand and adoption rates for the thoroughbred breed have continued to increase.  

“Thoroughbreds are smart, athletic, and very magnanimous,” says MMSC Director, Susanna Thomas.  “They also are much less expensive than warmbloods. What has been lacking until now is a venue to show them off—but with the creation of the Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive ProgramThe Retired Racehorse Project, and multiple new Thoroughbred classes popping up at shows all over the country, the demand for competitive Thoroughbreds is going through the roof. Our job here at the MMSC is to find horses that can go on to be ambassadors for the breed and to give them a well planned head start so they can transition more easily to a new career.” 

The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center has a very specific system: The Horse Centered Reschooling Program℠ developed by Thomas that gives an off-track Thoroughbred a foundation that an amateur can successfully build upon. The Center also is careful to match each adopter with a horse with a compatible temperament that can fulfill the adopter’s chosen goals. 

Rosalie Morton, the 24th adopter to get a horse from the MMSC, had this to say: “I grew up riding Thoroughbreds and it’s been such a shame watching their numbers dwindle in the hunter ring. I hope to see that change in the years to come through amazing programs like the one at the Secretariat Center. The MMSC has a great eye for selecting horses and for matching people with them, and the process there is so seamless. With a resource like the MMSC, there is no excuse not to think of Thoroughbreds first when you are looking for a hunter prospect.” 

Dee’Anna Wright, the 25th adopter, was seeking a horse to do dressage, trail riding, and equine therapy. She was thrilled to find a versatile horse at the MMSC that met all of those qualifications. “The Maker’s Mark has amazing horses and a fantastic staff! They put the horse first every step of the way, including in their careful matching of each horse to the perfect adopter.“

It is because of this dedication to being “horse-centric” in all that they do, including their focus on successful matches, that the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center has been hailed by equine professionals as “The Gold Standard in Thoroughbred Reschooling.”

Dee'Anna Wright and Icefield

Dee'Anna Wright and Icefield

Noble Horse Program Launches

The MMSC Noble Horse Program is up and running! After many months of discussion and refinement of our ideas about how to help a population of horses who don’t fit our criteria but still are serviceable enough for a loving home, we now have for the first time several horses available as a Noble Horse adoption. Noble Horses are those who have some kind of injury that permanently limits their athletic prowess or those who have recent injuries that just need time for let down and healing up. The MMSC has not rehabbed and reschooled these horses, but we have evaluated their conformation, temperament, and movement and collected information about their racing history and injuries. We believe these horses to be serviceable on some level or at some future point and seemingly level-headed and kind enough to be good adoptive prospects. Adoption fees for Noble Horses are much lower, reflecting the lack of MMSC training in the horses. If you’re interested in adopting a Noble Horse, click here.

Racehorses Begin Their Next Career at the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center

1. How has the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center set the standard for Thoroughbred Aftercare?

Over the last 5 years, the awareness of the issue of aftercare has grown. The industry is doing so much more to support Thoroughbreds once their racing careers are over, and many new non-profit and for-profit organizations dedicated to the rehab, reschooling, and rehoming of off-track Thoroughbreds have blossomed. Within this movement, the MMSC has chosen to focus on quality and depth of training, as well as a dedication and exigence to matching its horses with the ideal potential adopter. Our focus is horse-centric, and we pride ourselves on addressing each animal’s needs, however long that may take. 

2. Thoroughbreds often have very short careers and it is important to have a backup plan when they cannot race anymore. What do you believe is the best way to help these Thoroughbreds continue to have a purpose and fulfilling life?

This is a complicated issue and needs to be addressed on several fronts. First, education. All Thoroughbred owners and breeders, especially those who are new to the industry, need to understand the responsibility and necessity of caring for a horse if and when it no longer has a career on the track. This awareness must occur at the onset and prior to undertaking ownership of a racehorse. It must be understood that it comes with a moral commitment to aftercare. In this way it is similar to having and raising a child. Moreover, trainers must be educated about the need and value of retiring horses from their racing careers before they are utterly broken down. In this regard, the Retired Racehorse Project’s directory of the numerous aftercare organizations  in existence in the United States today is a tool that should be readily available and indeed distributed at every track in the United States. 

Second, proper funding. It is no surprise that horses are expensive at best and even at the very least require care and nurturing for subsistence. This is a price that could and should be born not only by the owners and breeders, but by everyone within the racing industry, including those who wager and those who enjoy going to the racetrack for pleasure. The industry needs to be commended for the initiatives it has already undertaken, such as the Jockey Club check-off program, the Thoroughbred Incentive Program, the allocations of a small portion of the handle that certain tracks are making to various organizations such as the TAA, etc. While all of this is encouraging, this movement needs to build and as awareness and public pressure grow, no doubt funding will grow too.

3. How is the MMSC constantly improving its Aftercare program?

With the rise of numerous reschooling organizations and efforts going on around the country, it is imperative for the MMSC to amend its program continuously so that it meets the needs of the horses. Given that our location at the Kentucky Horse Park provides us with a unique and an international stage from which to broadcast the versatility and athleticism of the Thoroughbred in a second career, the MMSC can expand its educational and promotional efforts to help everyone who is involved in this noble pursuit. 

4. What are the long term goals for the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center in 2016?

The long-term goals for the MMSC are as follows: 1) To procure additional land where horses coming directly off the track can have a period of rest to recuperate before transitioning to a new career. 2) A covered or indoor arena, so that reschooling and training efforts can take place year-round. 3) To acquire a secure base of funding that will cover the needs and costs of the horses and ensure the longevity of the MMSC and all of its programs.

5. How can an interested adopter learn more about the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center?

An interested adopter can go to our website, our Facebook page, our blog, call us directly, and/or visit. We are always happy to answer questions, to talk about our program, and to show off our facility!

Courtesy of: Elite Equestrian

MMSC Announces New Feed Partnership

For Immediate Release
March 24, 2016
Contact: Susanna Thomas: susanna@secretariatcenter.org

Lexington, KY – The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center is pleased to announce a sponsorship partnership with Triple Crown Nutrition® and Southern States Cooperative®. Southern States will be the exclusive feed provider for the Center and along with Triple Crown, will offer a package of feed coupons and nutrition consultation to each new owner; along with links and additional information on the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center’s website; access to Southern States and Triple Crown equine nutritionists; and seminars and events unique to the Center.

Dr. Marty Adams PAS, Manager of Horse Feed Sales and Equine Nutritionist for Southern States, which manufactures Triple Crown, Legends® and a Southern States line of horse feeds, is excited to work with the dedicated team at the Center, stating “The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center is a one-of-a-kind, exclusive retraining facility that matches capable off-track Thoroughbreds with qualified owners and trainers. We appreciate the Center’s select approach to finding quality second careers.”

Susanna Thomas of the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center adds, “We are pleased to be partnering with Southern States Cooperative® and Triple Crown Nutrition® and truly appreciate the support they will be giving us. Their commitment to educating people about the importance of equine nutrition, their great personal care and their impressive array of affordable products for a full spectrum of horses’ needs are great assets to us and to our adopters. When you support Southern States Cooperative® and Triple Crown Nutrition® you are also supporting the MMSC – their SHOW Program honors your choice.  Please send us your proof of purchase seals and we can proudly receive a rebate thanks to you choosing to feed your horse with the best.”

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.

Triple Crown Nutrition, Inc., headquartered in Wayzata, Minn., is a super-premium horse feed company whose products are sold through Southern States, Agway and independent feed dealers across the United States. Established in 1989, Triple Crown Nutrition was the first company to add prebiotics, probiotics, and organic minerals to horse feed.

Southern States is one of the nation’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives, offering only the finest in goods and services. Our expertise is based on over 85 years of experience and research, driven by the desire to ensure that everyone has access to the best in feed, seed, fertilizer and farm supplies. Its Winchester, Kentucky feed mill, one of several mills across the Eastern United States, manufactures three lines of horse feed including Triple Crown.

Online Adoption Application Now Available

We've heard you! Thank you so much for your interest and input! We’re always looking to serve you better. Many of you have asked for an online adoption application, and in the quieter month of January, we have had time to research online forms and are now instituting this at your request. Review the MMSC adoption process and complete the online adoption application here!

In order to offset the cost of this service, we will begin charging a small application fee of $25. If you are submitted a new application, your application will not be processed or sent for approval until we have received this fee. You are also still welcome to complete the application by hand if you so wish, and the application fee for a hand-written application will be $30 due to the additional processing required.

Do You Love Your Thoroughbred Contest Winners Announced

Thank you so much to everyone who entered our Do You Love Your Thoroughbred photo contest! It's been such a pleasure to see how much all of you love your Thoroughbreds and how your horses love you back. In fact, we here at the MMSC simply couldn't decide which photo we liked best. In our hearts, every one of these photos is precious and deserves to win, which is why we turned to three of our board members and to you as judges. After much forthing and backing and wringing of hands, we are delighted to announce that the winners are...

MMSC Receives Grant from Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

The Maker's Mark Secretariat Center is thrilled and honored to announce the receipt of a grant from Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA). The grant will provide for feed, vet care, farrier care, and the training of our horses - all necessary expenses when transitioning an off-track Thoroughbred into a new career and a loving home. The MMSC prides itself on affording its horses everything they need to make this transition successful, from...