MMSC Receives Grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America

September 8, 2017
Contact: Susanna Thomas

Lexington, KY--The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, a showcase reschooling facility at the Kentucky Horse Park for off-track Thoroughrbeds, is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a 2017 grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America. This generous TCA grant will be put towards the important needs of dental, farrier, vet, and chiropractic care, as well as other alternative therapies, which every off-track Thoroughbred at the MMSC receives in order to prepare it for a second career.

As any athlete knows, it is difficult to progress in training, and sometimes impossible to train at all, if one's body is unbalanced or hurts. Thoroughbred horses frequently come off the track muscle sore, tense, and with old and new injuries. These problems need to be addressed before training can progress successfully. Body and mind work together, so the issues that arise with the body need to be handled every step of the way as the horses' foundation of learning is being laid. With the support from TCA allowing every horse to receive the care it needs, more Thoroughbreds can be successfully retrained at the MMSC and placed in loving homes.

“The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center has successfully completed TCA’s grant application review process and we are pleased to support them with a grant,” said TCA executive director Erin Crady. “The MMSC has an outstanding rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming program and we applaud their efforts to transition Thoroughbreds from the racetrack into second careers.”

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 Executive Director Susanna Thomas says, “TCA has been dedicated for decades to the well-being of Thoroughbreds as well as to the people at the track who care for htem. The MMSC is grateful to TCA for its commitment to these causes, for its diligence in selecting its grantees, and for the recognition of the work that the MMSC does and how we do it. This generous grant will allow us to give more horses the care they so desperately need before going on to a new career.”

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The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC), which has been hailed as “The Gold Standard in Thoroughbred Reschooling”, 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 MMSC is supported solely by donations, grants, and adoption fees. Executive Director Susanna Thomas brought the Horse Centered Reschooling Programto 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 and follow the MMSC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.