Lexington, KY - On Sunday April 30, the last day of the Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event, the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC), a reschooling and adoption center for off-track Thoroughbreds, hosted the inaugural Omelette and Mimosa Brunch on its campus at the illustrious Kentucky Horse Park. Sponsored by My Meadowview, Sallee, and Gastrogard, he event featured a demonstration by event rider and notable eventing and horsemanship trainer Tik Maynard riding bridleless on an aff-track Thoroughbred he had met moments before. Equally fascinating was a jumping lesson with tricky obstacles given to dual Kentucky Oaks and Breeders' Cup winner Rosie Napravnik by Lexington-native Dorothy Trapp Crowell, who finished second in the 1994 World Equestrian Games in Holland and second overall in the first CCI**** at Rolex in 1998, both aboard her brillian OTTB Molokai.
The event was the brainchild of Crowell, who serves as the vice president of the MMSC's board of directors, as a way to engage Rolex KY 3-Day Event spectators and competitors on the Best Weekend All Year. "We weren't sure how many people would come all the way back to the Secretariat Center for the event," said Crowell, who added that the turnout of over 230 individuals exceeded even her most ambitious expectations. "After seeing how many people came, we definitely have something going. We have a lot of information to use in building upon this year to create an annual occasion that can serve as not only a fundraiser, but a friend-raiser, letting more of our core target audience - equestrians - know about the Secretariat Center."
The brunch capped off a week of celebrations by the MMSC for the ASPCA's national Help a Horse Day, held on April 26. Throughout the last week of April, equine rescues and sanctuaries raise awareness about the lifesaving work they do year-round to care for at-risk horses in their community who have often been abused or neglected. The MMSC kicked off its Help a Horse Day celebrations with the Liftoff Horseless Horse Show and Fair on Sunday, April 23 and continued raising awareness for off-track Thoroughbreds throughout the last week of April with a raffle for a private tour of Darley at Jonabell Farm.
"ASPCA's Help A Horse Day is a wonderful opportunity for our team to showcase the athleticism and versatility of the Thoroughbred in second careers," said Susanna Thomas, Executive Director of the MMSC. "Thoroughbreds, and indeed all horses, give us such joy and love, and we thank our supporters for giving back to these magnanimous animals, both for Help a Horse Day and throughout the year."
The MMSC would also like to thank Equestrian Events, Inc. and the Kentucky Horse Park for their support and Circle T Farms, Bane-Welker Equipment, Baumann Paper Company, Bayou Bluegrass Catering, CMQ Art, the Doo Wop Shop, and Bryant's Rent-All for their generous contributions to the Omelette and Mimosa Brunch.
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. 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 compromised 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. The MMSC is open to the public and welcomes visitors. For more information visit www.secretariatcenter.org and follow the MMSC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.