Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare

Arch D’Amour making friends with The Heart Fixer at Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare.
  • Services

    Sanctuary, Rehabilitation, Retraining/Adoption

  • Location

    Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

  • Founded


  • Average Number of Thoroughbreds


Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare (CTA) is the only thoroughbred aftercare program in the Caribbean islands dedicated to the well-being and care of racehorses after their racing careers have ended.   More than 2000 US-bred Thoroughbreds race annually in Puerto Rico, a large percentage of which are imported from the U.S. mainland.   CTA has been a haven for these horses and transitioning them off the track since 2008.   The facility is located at the base of the El Yunque National Rainforest region and has 10 acres of paddocks with shady shelters and an 11-stall barn.

CTA has taken in 293 horses since 2017.  We presently have 21 of which 17 need homes. CTA faces many challenges being on an island, our biggest being a lack of resources and qualified homes. Additional major challenges include exorbitant transportation costs to return horses to the US mainland, with us being a 1,000-mile distance away and a tropical environment that can be very harsh.

CTA feels blessed for the partnerships we have formed over the years with several other TAA-accredited organizations, as well as with breeders, former connections, and individuals, creating a bridge for Thoroughbreds to return to the United States. We are forever appreciative of these collaborative and cooperative efforts to help us and so many horses.

The Caribbean is beautiful but also can be unforgiving and very challenging for Thoroughbreds both on and off the track. CTA is grateful to TAA and to all the individuals who not only financially support our work and efforts but also help with the networking that helps our racing athletes here in the Caribbean!

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