MMSC Receives Grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America

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Lexington, KY—The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, a showcase reschooling and adoption facility at the Kentucky Horse Park for off-track Thoroughbreds, is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a 2018 grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America.

Like all high-performing athletes, Thoroughbreds come off the track riddled with imbalances, stresses, and injuries. To expedite healing and recovery from these issues, MMSC relies heavily on integrative medicine and supplements. These include chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, laser therapy, herbs, joint surfactants, and vitamin supplements, among others. Body and mind work together, so as the body’s needs are addressed, each horse is better able to learn more quickly a foundation of new skills sets that will enable it to succeed in a new career. With the support of TCA, which will be put towards integrative medicine expenses, more Thoroughbreds can be successfully retrained at the MMSC and placed in loving homes.

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 them. The MMSC is grateful to TCA for its commitment to these causes 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.

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.

“The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center has successfully met our criteria for a grant and we are once again proud to support them in their mission,” said Erin Crady executive director of TCA. “The MMSC does an outstanding job of rehabbing, retraining, and rehoming off-track Thoroughbreds. Susanna and her staff work diligently to identify the needs of each horse, customize a retraining program, and match each horse and rider effectively. We appreciate the great work and dedication of the MMSC.”


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 ProgramSM 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 and follow the MMSC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.