Texas Thoroughbred Racing Launches After the Track Site for Retired Horses

Announcing Facebook Page for The Paddock Foundation

AUSTIN, (Texas Thoroughbred Association) – We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Facebook page for The Paddock Foundation, our non-profit corporation with a mission to support and advance the care of Thoroughbred racehorses after their racing careers by supporting rescue, retirement, rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming.
Be sure to visit the page and give us a “Like”.

Also, if you have an OTTB or other Thoroughbred who participates in a discipline other than racing, we would like to feature your story on our Facebook page.  Tell us about your horse, including where you acquired it, any racing history, participation in a new discipline, success in competition, etc. and send via email to maryr@texasthoroughbred.com along with a photo of the horse.

The Paddock Foundation is a non-profit corporation with a mission to support and advance the care of Thoroughbred racehorses after their racing careers by supporting rescue, retirement, rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming.

GOAL: The initial goal selected by The Paddock Foundation for 2012 is to raise awareness and encourage the use of former Thoroughbred racehorses in the show horse arena.
EXISTING PROGRAM: The Jockey Club’s TAKE2 Program, designed to promote second careers in the show ring for retired racehorses. TAKE2 offers hunter and jumper classes restricted to Thoroughbreds, with prize money funded by members of the Thoroughbred racing industry.
OUR PARTICIPATION: The Paddock Foundation sponsors the Texas Thoroughbred Jumper Challenge in the “AA” hunter/jumper circuit in Texas, offering purse money and high point bonuses for Texas-bred Thoroughbred former racehorses, and to a lesser degree, to Thoroughbreds bred in any locale. The purpose of this “Thoroughbred only” class is to revive interest in the Thoroughbred horse as a show horse prospect and to encourage its use in the hunter and jumper arena.

FUTURE GOALS:

  • Educate, encourage and facilitate the placement of retired or unwanted racehorses;
  • Support organizations that retrain Thoroughbred horses for second careers;
  • Support organizations that provide for the retirement and care of the retired Thoroughbred racehorse;
  • Support therapeutic riding programs and equine educational programs.