Thoroughbred Placement Resources
Services: Sanctuary, Rehabilitation, Retraining/Adoption
Location: Upper Marlboro, MD
Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 40
Thoroughbred Placement Resources improves the lives of Thoroughbred racehorses, both active and retired, by providing rehabilitation and training horses for new careers, while educating the public through the development of breed ambassadors. Located at Leighton Farm in Upper Marlboro, Md., Thoroughbred Placement Resources has placed more than 1,000 horses since November 2008.
Executive Director Kimberly Godwin Clark counsels, consults and teaches adopters how to successfully transition and retrain retired racehorses. Her book, “New, Track, New Life,” promotes the understanding of these wonderful athletes.
Thoroughbred Placement Resources provides rehabilitation, retraining, and re-homing services to retired Thoroughbred racehorses. It also has extensive experience in lay-ups and post-surgical care. Its best-in-class, comprehensive approach to retraining combines over 30 years of experience riding and training Thoroughbreds with careful attention to health and nutrition, accompanied by the guidance from the very best trainers, including Joe Fargis, James Wofford, and Linda Zang.
As a retired exercise rider at the track and a United States Dressage Federation silver medalist, Clark is ideally suited to give retired racehorses the foundation they need to be successful after racing. Her training techniques are proactive, using the horses’ previous experiences as a springboard to teach them the skills needed for a new life off the track.
TPR works to develop breed ambassadors: horses that display the versatility, athleticism, and intelligence of the Thoroughbred breed. The success of its breed ambassadors increases demand for retired racehorses across all equestrian disciplines. Examples include Mystical Harbor, who currently competes successfully at the Prix St. George Level dressage; Constant Star, winner of the Breeders’ Bridge to High Performance jumping contest; and Houdini, a four-star three-day eventer.
TPR takes great pride in its ability to pair horse with the right person and works diligently to ensure that each adoption is successful. Its long record of creating happy partnerships speaks for itself.