Second Wind Thoroughbred Project

Second Wind Thoroughbred Project

A young rider after an enjoyable lesson on an off-the-track Thoroughbred mare named Fledge.


Services: Sanctuary, Rehabilitation, Retraining/Adoption

Location: Bethune, SC

Founded: 2015


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Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 16

Founder and president Dayle Eldredge created Second Wind Thoroughbred Project with her mother and lifelong friend in 2015.

What makes the program unique is its core group of people. They were all horse-loving teens whose passion was ignited when they started riding Thoroughbreds. They all became industry experts who have had lifelong careers at the highest levels of the profession in both the racing and horse show worlds. Second Wind’s group of talented horsewomen includes a U.S. Equestrian Federation “R” hunter/jumper horse show judge who serves on state and national committees, a horse show steward, a competitive amateur hunter/jumper rider, two equine veterinarians whose client lists include Hall of Fame racehorse trainers, and Olympic dressage riders.

Second Wind is located just outside of Camden, SC. The area’s historic Thoroughbred-focused community boasts many training centers, the Steeplechase Museum, and the South Carolina Equine Park. Second Wind is proud of its outstanding facilities at The Stables at Macburn Plantation. Its training program is enhanced by an indoor arena and more than 5,000 acres of trails, and we are also verified by GFAS (Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries).

As a small operation, Second Wind allows each horse the opportunity to progress at their own pace. A positive outcome for every horse is the number one priority. We are always proud of our graduates and receive many photos, videos, and updates of their accomplishments as show jumpers, eventers, doing dressage or just silly or memorable moments. Two of the geldings we adopted out last year are at University of South Carolina with their owner.

Starting in September 2022, we are implementing an equine program for cancer patients and survivors called Healing Through Horses (HTH). Our landlord is a local oncologist, and this new project is very dear to her heart. Our Founder, Dayle, had a former riding student who lost her battle with lymphoma at age 21. She is dedicating the program to this brave young lady, Teresa Watterson.