After the Homestretch
Services: Rehabilitation, Adoption
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 24
After The Homestretch-Arizona was founded in 2011 to fulfill a critical need for Thoroughbred aftercare. Our local racetrack draws horses from all over North America, and with a seven-month racing season and as many as 2,100 horses stabled at the track at any given time, it’s inevitable that many of these runners will be in need of a new home by meet’s end. Some horses will sustain recoverable injuries, while others
won’t be fast enough to compete, yet they still have the rest of their lives ahead of them.
Since these horses were bred for athleticism, heart, and intelligence, they are still very athletic and can excel in other disciplines. They just need a chance to find that second career and a new home . . . “after the homestretch.”
This is where After The Homestretch steps in. Its mission is protecting the legacy of former racehorses through education, reconditioning, retraining, and re-homing. As an all-volunteer 501(c)3 organization, it relies solely upon the generous support of donors, grant partners like TAA, and a team of dedicated volunteers to help carry out its mission. Governance is overseen by an active volunteer board of directors
and supported by an advisory board of industry professionals.
Horses at the facility have included stakes winners, a granddaughter of Secretariat, and a track record-setting winner of $200,000. They have ranged in age from 2 to 24 and have been available as companions, for riding, and for showing.
In the past eight years, the organization has taken in 73 horses and adopted out 55 into permanent homes. To continue strengthening and improving the program, After The Homestretch has partnered with Jody Swink of No Sweat Natural Horse and Mulemanship to implement a training program for transitioning
the horses into their second careers and teaching volunteers about horse handling.
Monthly horsemanship clinics are held to teach volunteers valuable groundwork skills. Swink also works individually with the horses on desert trails, where they learn to navigate difficult terrain and gain confidence in new surroundings.