Thoroughbred Retirement Network of Louisiana

Thoroughbred Retirement Network of Louisana

Thoroughbred Retirement graduates (from left) unraced Tia Tejano, Untameable, who made 51 starts, and Malibu Classic, who made 15 starts, take a schooling break at a local dressage show.


Services: Sanctuary, Rehabilitation, Retraining/Adoption

Location: Covington, LA

Founded: 2009


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Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 8-12


Cynthia Morgan-D’Atrio, Ph.D., founded the Thoroughbred Retirement Network of Louisiana in 2009. Its mission is: 1) To offer owners, breeders, and trainers of Thoroughbred racehorses a retraining, retirement, and respite facility; 2) To rescue Thoroughbreds who have been neglected, harmed, abused or who are at risk of going to slaughter; and 3) To educate the public and those in the racing industry about ways to retire their horses successfully and to teach others about retraining ex-racers.

TRNL is committed to establishing a quality foundation for each horse with whom it works. Our retraining efforts focus on each horse’s individual strengths and on developing horses that are safe to work with, balanced, and communicative. Horses are allowed as much time as needed to “come down” and to overcome psychological and physical barriers that may be present when introduced to a new stage of life and job.

Horses in the TRNL program come from various sources, including owner, trainer, and breeder donations; auction houses and slaughter pens from which horses have been bailed out by private individuals; animal shelters; and animal control cases. TRNL has a few special horses that are residents as well as a couple of select horses that serve as ambassadors of the breed and are shown at local and recognized shows.

The most important part of our adoption process is that there is an excellent match between horse and adopter. We prefer that our horses are placed in forever homes with individuals and families who will love and spoil them for the remainder of their lives. At the time of adoption, we do our best to disclose as much information as possible to our adopters so that all needs of each horse may be met successfully in their new home.

Thoroughbred Retirement Network of Louisiana Success Stories

Stormin Eddie

Stormin Eddie – He earned his warhorse status at 57 starts spanning seven seasons on the track. He retired in 2012 with a record of 7-11-7 and earnings just under $170,000. Read more >>