April 15, 2018
Contact: Catherine Flowers
Lexington, KY — Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC), a premier non-profit re-schooling facility for adoptable Thoroughbreds located at the Kentucky Horse Park, is continuing to partner with Horse Country to offer tours of its facility and demonstrations of the versatility and trainability of off-track Thoroughbreds.
Founded in 2016, Horse Country is an organization of horse farms, equine medical clinics and equine attractions dedicated to sharing the stories of Kentucky’s Horse Country. They strive to create emotional experiences by sharing the story of the horses, the land and the people, with all horse-lovers and guests. The ultimate goal is to develop fans of farms and clinics through tourism experiences.
With 12-15 off-track Thoroughbreds in training and awaiting adoption at the MMSC at any one time, each tour is unique and interactive as guests learn what it takes to transition a former racehorse to a new career. Experiences include learning to speak horse in the round pen, watching the horses negotiate the MMSC obstacle course, participating in teaching a horse to jump for the first time, and feeding treats to the horses. Tours are suitable for all ages and photography is encouraged.
“Our hope is to dispel the myth of the ‘crazy’ racehorse that exists in the minds of the public,” said Susanna Thomas, MMSC Executive Director. “Thoroughbreds retired from racing are versatile and athletic, and their large hearts and quick minds enable them to excel in a variety of disciplines. We aim to display these virtues of the breed to all who visit the Kentucky Horse Park, and our tours give guests the added bonus of hands-on interactions with a Thoroughbred.”
The MMSC offers tours weekly from April through October, and tickets can be purchased online at secretariatcenter.org/tours. Private tours and demonstrations are available for large groups, educational groups, business meetings, and corporate retreats. The MMSC conference room is also available to rent for such groups, and interested parties can contact the MMSC at the above website or email.
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 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. 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.