TRRAC – Thoroughbred Retirement, Rehabilitation, and Careers


Charlie and Nina Lyman at the 2017 Thoroughbred Makeover with Facundo, who placed ninth in competitive trail in a class of nearly 70 horses and cross competed in other disciplines.

Services: Sanctuary, Rehabilitation, Retraining/Adoption

Location: West Chester, PA

Founded: 2017


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Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 60-70


Thoroughbred Retirement, Rehabilitation, and Careers (TRRAC Thoroughbred Aftercare) is located in West Chester, Pennsylvania on the grounds of the historic Maui Meadow Farm, the longest actively running Thoroughbred farm in Pennsylvania since 1946. The Lyman family turned their attention to the need they saw for safe landing, rehabilitation, and retraining for racehorses that were retiring from racing. With that, they started TRRAC Thoroughbred Aftercare, offering safe sanctuary, rehabilitation, second career training, and the facilitation of adoptions for off-track Thoroughbreds in 2017.

TRRAC offers medical support, supplementation, rehabilitative care, and second career training, as necessary to facilitate the best care possible for all the horses that come into the program. The program offers specialized and professional rehabilitation with an indoor equine swimming pool that can allow for low-impact rehabilitation and muscle building. Horses in the program are thoroughly evaluated for soundness, suitability for a second career, and disposition, which includes riding assessments and professional training under saddle. TRRAC offers multi-discipline options for retired Thoroughbreds, which includes professional training from trail and obstacles, to three-day eventing, and everything in between, backed by Charlie and Nina Lyman’s professional riding career both training Thoroughbred racehorses as well as actively competing in different disciplines.

Charlie and Nina believe in expressing not only the athletic ability of all Thoroughbreds but also their ability to be versatile family and pleasure mounts, no matter how little or how much money they have won in their racing careers. They believe in properly restarting retired racehorses in new careers that suit them to ensure the perfect match with an adopter and their needs as well.

As of 2020, the program has seven permanent sanctuary residents and currently offers many horses for adoption, backed with the option to return to the program for any reason at any time as a safety net.

The horses in the programs at TRRAC come from partnered racetracks in the Pennsylvania tri-state area such as Second Call, Turning For Home, New Start, as well as Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare, and Aftercare Charles Town. TRRAC also assists with private intakes for owners and trainers that are in need of placement assistance.

TRRAC accepts as many as, but not limited to 60 horses per year, and finds approved adopter homes for each.