CANTER Kentucky

Statesman with Ashley Watts

Trainer Ashley Watts aboard Statesman at Liftoff Equestrian in Versailles, Ky.

Services: Rehabilitation, Retraining/Adoption

Location: Versailles, KY

Founded: 2009


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Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 10

CANTER Kentucky (Communication Alliance To Network Thoroughbred ExRacehorses Kentucky) has successfully transitioned Kentucky Thoroughbreds into new careers and homes since 2009, with the support of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, Thoroughbred Charities of America, equine organizations, the racing industry, and private donors.

Retiring Kentucky Thoroughbreds are transported to Liftoff Equestrian in Versailles, Kentucky. They receive rehabilitation time to adjust to their new life after racing, farrier attention, veterinary care, and slowly begin retraining on a lunge line before going under saddle in walk, trot, and canter. Many enjoy progressing to training as jumpers.

Thoroughbreds are equine athletes that do well in retraining and can excel in horse show competitions such as the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover, while also enjoying the calmness of trail rides.

When the Thoroughbreds have reached a level of retraining to be ready for adoption, CANTER Kentucky’s marketing committee posts photos, videos, and descriptions on social media, flyers, and CANTER’s website.

Adopters of CANTER Kentucky Thoroughbreds must submit a CANTER approval form that includes information about their riding skills, experience with OTTBs, farm description, vet, farrier,
and trainer references. Each adopter must be pre-approved and evaluated to ensure a good match with the Thoroughbred before the adoption is finalized.

CANTER Kentucky continues to follow the progress of each one of its equine graduates and shares photos and updates on social media.