Services: Rehabilitation, Adoption
Location: Lexington, KY
Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 45
The Secretariat Center, which has been hailed as “the gold standard in Thoroughbred reschooling,” opened in October 2004.
It uses its location at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington to do three things:
- Promote the athleticism and versatility of the Thoroughbred in second careers in order to encourage adoptions nationwide.
- Educate the public about Thoroughbreds.
- Highlight the many good things that the racing industry is doing to support aftercare.
Secretariat Center horses are selected to be ambassadors for the breed and the sport of racing. It is not a rescue facility. Horses are selected based on soundness of body and mind, temperament, and serviceability.
Horses in the program learn new skill sets, addressing body, spirit, and mind, that gives them a basic foundation on which to build a new career. Because the campus is small—16 acres of paddocks and eight stalls—Secretariat Center houses 12 to 15 horses at a time. Once adopted, Secretariat Center horses are tracked for life to ensure their well being.
Potential adopters fill out applications and supply references and, once approved, come ride to make sure the fit is a good one. Adoption fees vary based on the length of stay, the extent of a horse’s limitations, if any, and the scope of the horse.
Secretariat Center offers college and high school internships, welcomes volunteers, and regularly hosts tours and demonstrations.
“The Secretariat Center does everything right,” said former jockey Rosie Napravnik, “from horse care, to the horses’ new skills, to the staff’s amazing ability to find homes for them. The Secretariat Center is all about excellence, honesty, and the horse!”
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