Just as important as celebrating the magnificent racehorse on the racetrack, the Minnesota Racehorse Engagement Project (MNREP) is dedicated to the thoroughbred racehorse after their career on the racetrack has ended.
The Minnesota Racehorse Engagement Project works to create partnerships with organizations dedicated to, and skilled in, the transitioning of retiring thoroughbreds onto their next career. In partnership with these organizations, we can ensure the horses that we love have the best opportunity to succeed in a second career or have a forever home where they can happily live out their remaining years.
Below are organizations we work with to accomplish these goals. We encourage you to learn about them and reach out to them if you are interested in adopting, partnering, volunteering, or supporting their efforts financially.
THIS OLD HORSE
This Old Horse and their Racehorse Reimagined initiative were created to support the retirement, rehabilitation, and retraining of the racehorse. They are accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), a nonprofit that accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, retire and rehome Thoroughbreds. Only the best aftercare programs are TAA-accredited, and MNREP is proud to have such an organization right here in Minnesota.
This Old Horse provides sanctuary for older or horses that are unable to pursue a second career. The program also assists horses whose owners are experiencing hardship and are unable to care for them properly or horses that need rehabilitation from an injury. This Old Horse is a private, volunteer-based organization.
Another unique program created by This Old Horse is The Distaff program, a venture by This Old Horse and Racehorse Reimagined to provide a retirement sanctuary for older broodmares that contributed to Minnesota’s vital breeding program.
To learn more about these programs, and how you can help visit ThisOldHorse.com
BOWMAN SECOND CHANCE THOROUGHBRED ADOPTION
Bowman Second Chance Thoroughbred Adoption (BSCTA) was founded in 1998 by Dr. Richard Bowman, DVM. Dr. Bowman’s years of work in Canterbury Park’s stable area helped him realize there was a need to find second careers for racehorses retiring in the North Central states. He founded BSCTA to give retired racehorses a home while they transitioned into their second careers via basic retraining and, later, adoption. The mission at BSCTA is to see that every horse that comes through the ranch goes to their best next home.
To learn more about BSCTA and see the horses currently available for adoption, please visit: BowmanThoroughbredAdoption.com.
What should you expect when it comes to adopting a racehorse? Or, what if you want to volunteer or donate?
Allow us to introduce more of the process to you:
- Why Adopt a Racehorse?
- How You Can Support Racehorse Aftercare