Saturday, March 28, 2009

Thoroughbred Charities of America: Where the Money Goes

Only a portion of TCAs monies go directly to TB rescue and retirement, but here are some rescues who benefited from TCA grants;

Non-Profits Who Have Recieved Grants
$15 Million to Date
by category

Equine Rescue, Retraining, Adoption and Retirement

AAEP Foundation-"Equine Disaster Relief Fund" (KY)
Alaska Equine Rescue (AK)
Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue (NY)
Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue(PA)
Angel Horse Rescue (OK)
Another Chance 4 Horse (PA)
Appalachian Horse Help & Rescue (PA)
Blue Horse Charities (KY)
Bran Manor Equine Rescue (PA)
Bright Futures Farm Rescue (PA)
CANTER (MI, Mid-Atl, New England, OH)
Carolina Equine Society, Inc (NC)
Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue (CA)
Chez Chevaux (WA)
Cobleskill Agricultural & Technical College Foundation (NY)
Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Lisbon (MD)
Diamonds in the Rough (FL)
Double D Equine Rescue & Sanctuary (PA)
Equine Advocates (NY)
Equine Encore Foundation (AZ)
Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation, Parkton (MD)
Equine Rescue (NY)
Equirest, Inc. (OH)
Equus (CA)
Exceller Fund (TX)
Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program (NY)
Forever Free Horse Rescue (CA)
Fraternal Order of Firefighters Large Animal Rescue Sem.(KY)
Friends of Ferdinand Indiana, Inc. (IN)
Give Me A Chance Equine Rescue (AR)
Greener Pastures Equine Rescue Foundation, Oklahoma (OK)
Heaven Can Wait (CA)
High Hope Steeplechase Association (KY)
Horse Rescue, Relief & Retirement Fund (GA)
High Hopes, Inc (PA)
Hooved Animal Humane Society (IL)
H.O.R.S.E. of CT (CT)
H.O.R.S.E. Rescue & Sanctuary (NY)
H.O.O.F. (Horse One To One Outreach Foundation) (CA)
Horse Feathers Equine Rescue (OK)
HorseNet, Inc. (MD)
Horses Haven (MI)
Horses in the Hood (CA)
Horses N Heroes of S. Florida (FL)
Horse Rescue, Relief and Retirement Fund (GA)
Humana Reserve/California Equine Council CA)
Jana Domino T'Bred Foundation (NY)
Jolene's Horse Rescue (CA)
Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KY)
Last Chance Corral (OH)
Lexington Humane Society (KY)
Life Horse (MD)
Lonestar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers (TX)
Lone State Equine (TX)
Lost Acres Horse Rescue (FL)
Lost and Found Rescue Foundation(PA)
Louisiana Vet Medical Assoc.-Equine Committee (LA)
Luv Shack Ranch (AZ)
Michigan State University Vet School (MI)
Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue (MD)
Midway College (KY)
Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation (MN)
Misfit Acres, Inc (MN)
Mitchel Farm Equine Retirement (CT)
Molasses Reef Farm (WI)
Mylestone Equine Rescue (NJ)
New York Horse Rescue (NY)
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program (OH)
Ohio State Foundation (OH)
Oklahoma Thoroughbred Retirement Program (OK)
Old Friends (KY)
Orphan Acres (ID)
Our Mims Retirement Haven(KY)
Paws For Life/Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue (MD)
Peaceful Pastures Horse Rescue (OH)
Pegasus (CA)
Performance Equine Rescue Network (CA)
Pets Alive (NY)
Pheasant Hill Equine Foundation (MD)
Pure Thoughts (FL)
Rainhill Equine Facility (KY)
ReRun (KY, MD, NY, NJ)
Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue (VA)
Ryerss Farm For Aged Equine (PA)
Safe Haven Farm (PA)
Second Chance Ranch (WA)
Second Stride (KY)
South Delaware Horse Retirement (DE)
South Florida SPCA (FL)
South Jersey Thoroughbred Rescue (NJ)
Summerwinds Stable (DE)
Sussex County Animal Assoc (DE)
The Equine Sanctuary of Ojai (CA)
The Horse Rescue of North Scottsdale, Inc. (AZ)
The Horse Shelter (NM)
The Ranger Foundation (MD)
Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (FL, IA, IN, MD, MO, NJ, NY,OK, KY, SC, VA)
Tranquility Farm (Harry Biszantz Memorial Center for TB Retirement) (CA)
Tri-State Equine Adoption (DE)
Turtle Rock Rescue (NH)
United Pegasus Foundation (CA)
United States Equestrian Federation-Emer. Rescue(KY)
United States Equine Rescue League (VA)
Voice For Horses Rescue Network (OH)
Walkin N Circles (NM)
Wind Ridge (PA)
Whidbey Island Equine Rescue (WA)
Whimsical Equine Rescue (DE)
Wild Horse Ranch (AZ)
Willow Pond Farm (CA)
Wind Ridge Farm Equine Sanctuary (PA)
Woodford Humane Society (KY)
Work To Ride (PA)

Kentucky Horse-Racing Commission to Award $18 M in Incentives


Breeder Incentive Fund Distributes Over $18 Million in Awards

Awards breeders who stay in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, KY (March 27, 2009)  The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) announced today that the Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Fund will distribute over $18.7 million in awards for 2008.

The fund, established in 2005, ensures the strength and growth of the horse industry in Kentucky. It is financed through the 6 percent sales tax paid for breeding a stallion to a mare in this state.

The breeder incentive programs continue to be a significant benefit to the industry and we are thrilled for the opportunity to offer over $18 million in financial rewards to those individuals supporting the industry and the economic growth of the horse industry in the commonwealth of Kentucky, said Lisa Underwood, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

Eighty percent of the money collected goes to breeders of thoroughbreds with 13 percent and 7 percent going to the breeders of standardbreds and nonrace breeds, respectively.

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeder Incentive Fund (KBIF)

The KBIF received over $15 million to be distributed in awards for the 2008 racing season. The KBIF requires owners to board mares in Kentucky from the time of breeding until the birth of the foal. Incentive payments are based on the foals eventual winnings on the race track. The KBIF awarded 4,119 races in Kentucky, across the U.S. and group one international races in Canada, England, France and Ireland.

The Kentucky Standardbred Development Fund (KSDF)

The KSDF received $2.4 million for the Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) program, which consists of three $25,000 legs and a $300,000 final for two- and three-year-olds. Races will run at The Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., on Aug. 9, 17 and 27 for two-year-olds and Aug. 10, 20 and 30 for three-year-olds. The $300,000 finals will be run on Sept. 6, 2009. The KYSS rich purse payouts have resulted in award winning stallions standing in Kentucky, including Deweycheatemnhowe.

The Kentucky Horse Breeders Incentive Fund (KHBIF)

The KHBIF received $1,315,708, which will be split proportionately among the 11 nonrace breeds. The Kentucky Quarter Horse Association, representing the largest nonrace breed in the state, received $428,927 and the Paso Fino, representing the smallest breed in Kentucky, received $13,579.

For more information on the breeder incentive funds, including 2008 award winners, statistics on the races awarded, KYSS race dates and nomination deadlines, or nonrace allotments to each breed, visit the Web site at or contact Jamie Eads by phone at 859-246-2040 or by e-mail to

(No wonder all the breeders (racing and AQHA) are moving to Kentucky. Perhaps this is one reason why Kentucky contributes more than any other state to the nations "unwanted" horse problem.)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Arcangues, BC Classic Winner, Dead

I wonder what they mean by "euthanized?" I hope not like they "euthanized" Ferdinand or Exceller......

by David Schmitz
Updated: Thursday, March 19, 2009 10:54 AM
Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 3:37 PM
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Arcangues, who won the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at 133-1, has been euthanized in Japan because of complications from founder. He had been sent to Japan from the United States for stallion duty in 1995.

Arcangues not only became the first foreign-based runner to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but did so at record odds. The French-based horse captured the 1993 running at Santa Anita over subsequent champion older male Bertrando.

Foaled in 1988, Arcangues raced as a homebred for Daniel Wildenstein. Bred by Allez France Stables, he was foaled at Robin Scully’s Clovelly Farms near Lexington.

Although Arcangues’ Classic win proved shocking, it wasn’t as if the son of Sagace lacked credentials. Trained by Andre Fabre, Arcangues had won the Prix d’Ispahan (Fr-I) several months earlier and had been a group winner the two previous years.

On the down side, Arcangues was coming off an undistinguished effort in the Ciga Prix Dollar (Fr-II) five weeks earlier. He would be without the services of regular rider Thierry Jarnet and would be racing on dirt for the first time. In addition, Jerry Bailey, who was hired to ride Arcangues, could not understand the French groom’s instructions going into the Classic.

Bailey spoke for many when he told fellow rider Gary Stevens on the way to the post that “I don’t know a thing about the horse. I don’t have any idea how to pronounce his name.”

Once the gate opened, none of that mattered. Unhurried during the early going, Arcangues took over from frontrunner Bertrando in the final furlong to post a two-length victory. He returned $269.20 to win, $54.40 to place, and $18.20 to show. Bertrando , part of the favored 6-5 choice with Marquetry and Missionary Ridge, finished 13⁄4 lengths in front of Kissin Kris.

Arcangues, whose win payoff remains a record for all Breeders’ Cup races, was France’s high-weighted older miler in 1993 and was top-weighted on two European free handicaps that year. On the Daily Racing Form Free Handicap for older males, Arcangues was weighted at 123 pounds, two pounds below top weight Bertrando and a pound below Best Pal, who had run 10th in the Classic.

Arcangues was scheduled to enter stud in 1994 at Haras du Buff in France, but it was decided to keep him in training. He remained in Southern California and was placed with trainer Richard Mandella.

Arcangues returned to the races in May 1994 and won the John Henry Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park. He raced twice more at Hollywood and was retired with six wins from 19 starts and earnings of $1,981,423. Prior to the 1995 breeding season, Japanese horseman Kazuo Nakamura bought Arcangues from a French syndicate for stallion duty in Japan.

As a stallion, Arcangues sired 264 foals, of which 94 have started and 23 have won, including multiple group II winner Ar Alan.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Orphaned foals find refuge of their dreams

Rescue is expensive, but Terri Stemper has plenty of love – and friends to help with the feedings.
By Dan Huntley
Posted: Sunday, Mar. 22, 2009

Terri Stemper watches the foals at the Dream Equine Therapy Center, off S.C. 32 near Brattonsville. DIEDRA LAIRD –

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Suburban horse country
South Charlotte's suburbs are home to thousands of horse owners, riders, retailers and other equine enthusiasts.

Most horses are located in Union and York counties. But many owners and riders hail from southern Mecklenburg.

Here are some facts about our love of horses:

Union County's horse industry is No. 2 in the state and generates an estimated $18 million annually, according to N.C. agriculture officials and an N.C. Rural Center study.

Union has about 10,000 horses and 120 horse farms of five or more horses, according to a census by Jimmy Jackson, co-owner of High Hope Stables in Union County, a 21-acre farm caring for 17 horses.

York County has an estimated 8,100 horses and 50 farms of five or more horses, according to Carol Deacon, president of the S.C. Horsemen's Council.

Want to know more?

Contact the N.C. Regional Equine Information Network System through the N.C. Cooperative Extension: Visit the Union County chapter of REINS at

For the Dream Equine Therapy Center, visit E-mail Terri Stemper at or call 803-980-8422.

ROCK HILL Terri Stemper has an expensive habit she can't seem to shake – she rescues orphaned baby horses.

“It's my weakness, I've been around horses since I was 7 years old. I can't stand to see a horse suffer,” said Stemper, 30. “And some of the neediest horses are these unwanted foals, some as young as a day old, that are taken from their mothers at birth.”

Stemper works as a registered nurse during the day but the rest of the time she runs the Dream Equine Therapy Center on her five-acre farm in western York County.

The center cares for and finds homes for orphaned horses. At the moment, she's caring for 15 adult horses and five foals. The foals need to be fed a milk formula every four hours around the clock, and the stalls' pine shaving floors need to be emptied twice daily. Neighbors and volunteers help with the horses when she's at work.

Stemper used to work in a veterinary clinic near Lexington, Ky. There she learned a dirty little secret of the thoroughbred horse breeding business.

Horses are big business in the Bluegrass State, with mares worth $200,000 and more. Top-of-the-line mares give birth to foals that are handed off to nurse mares of lesser breeds. That's so the thoroughbred mare can be quickly bred again. The catch is that the offspring of the nurse mares are practically worthless to the horse breeders. They sometimes end up at feedlots where they are eventually slaughtered to be sold as a delicacy food in Europe or Asia, or as pony leather for belts, shoes and purses.

Stemper works with a network of horse rescue agencies in the Midwest that buy the foals from breeders for $100 to $300. Stemper and her boyfriend, Mark Hill, transport foals back to her farm.

She presently has five foals who range in age from one week to three weeks. She plans to take in another 20 foals this spring. The couple care for the foals until homes can be found. In order to adopt the foals, clients must provide background information and prove they have adequate facilities to provide for the horses. They pay a fee of about $500.

On a recent afternoon, the gangly foals were nudging each other, kicking their skinny legs and licking the gated doors of their stalls.

“They're just babies and they're attempting to nurse, so they are constantly licking,” Stemper said as she rubbed the nose of a chestnut foal named Phoebe.

Neighbor Gina Chapman says Stemper is a rare breed.

“I don't know how she does it. She takes better care of those foals than some people do of their children,” Chapman said with a laugh. “It's a money-losing operation with feeding and the vet bills for these horses, but that doesn't slow Terri down. Her heart is in it, and she won't stop until she finds a good home for each of her horses.”

Stemper, who used to work with terminally ill cancer patients, says the name for her center came from her work on the cancer ward.

“I guess I was always talking about my horses and the patients would talk about how they dreamed of someday seeing my horses and riding them. And I got to thinking about how therapeutic it could be for them,” she said. “Well, that's part of my dream too – to save these nurse mare foals and help people get their mind off their illnesses.

“Horses can do some amazing things. I've seen them.”

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Strangles Outbreak / UK

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Date: Mon 16 Mar 2009
Source: Cambridge News [edited]

Horse disease outbreak confirmed
Racehorse trainers are on alert after a highly infectious disease was
confirmed in a horse at one of Newmarket's stables. The horse, at
trainer William Jarvis's stables in Fordham Road, has strangles -- a
disease which can restrict animals' airways and can prove fatal. The
outbreak has come just days before the start of the flat racing
season and a month before the start of racing at Newmarket.

The horse has been isolated and measures have been introduced to
reduce the risk of spreading the disease. Mr Jarvis was not available
for comment. But Mark Tompkins, chairman of the Newmarket Trainers'
Federation, said: "He has done everything right by letting everyone
know about it as early as possible. He has been absolutely brilliant.
The vets are on top of it. Let's hope it can be contained to just the
one horse. His string of horses are being tested and swabbed
constantly and he will exercise his horses in the afternoon when
no-one else is on the heath."

Experts from the Animal Health Trust, based just outside Newmarket,
are also monitoring the situation alongside Mr Jarvis's own vets. Tim
Morris, British Horseracing Authority equine science and welfare
director, confirmed the outbreak was currently limited to a single
horse. He said no restrictions were being imposed on Mr Jarvis's
horses because he had shown a responsible attitude by reporting the sickness.

The last strangles scare in racing was 5 years ago when an outbreak
was confirmed near Epsom about 10 days before the Derby. The race
went ahead as planned after precautions were put in place.

Communicated by:
ProMED-mail Rapporteur Suasan Baekeland

[For background on this equine infectious, contagious disease,
characterized by abscessation of the lymphoid tissue of the upper
respiratory tract, caused by _Streptococcus equi equi_, see Mod.TG's
commentary in ProMED-mail posting number 20080903.2752. - Mod.AS]

[see also:
Strangles, equine - NZ 20080903.2752
Strangles, equine - India (Maharashtra) 20080503.1519
Equine strangles - USA: (OH) 20080212.0562
Strangles, equine - UK (Scotland) 20060918.2656
Strangles, equine - Australia (SA) 20050723.2126
Strangles, equine - USA (DE) 20050531.1517
Strangles, equine - USA (multistate)(02): proposed rule, FL 20050407.0999]

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