Racehorse Restarts: Giving Thoroughbreds A Future
In partnership with Turning for Home, a non-profit that has helped place thousands of Thoroughbreds from Philadelphia’s Parx racetrack, Northwestern takes on the critical role of rehabilitating, retraining, and rehoming off-the-track thoroughbreds.
“We will be receive horses that are ready to retire from the racetrack and start a far different career,” says lead trainer and barn manager, Kate Brown. Ms. Brown has extensive experience working with Thoroughbreds and noted that Northwestern currently has 14 former racers working in the Stable’s lesson program. “Racehorse Restarts” graduates are destined for farms across the region.
Working alongside Ms. Brown and assistant barn manager Dana Epps, Northwestern riders have the opportunity to be involved in each horse’s rehabilitation, medical care, nutrition plan, and retraining.
With more than 10,000 racehorses leaving the track every year, Northwestern Stables’ Restart program is expected to “foster” five to ten Thoroughbreds annually. With food, boarding, and training expected to top $1,000 per month per horse, the cost is significant for a small non-profit.
“Giving these Thoroughbreds a fresh start is one of the most meaningful investments we can make,” added Jean Bochnowski, Executive Director of Northwestern Stables. “We believe our community and everyone who loves horses will help defray the costs by making a donation.”
Follow Northwestern Racehorse Restarts on Facebook to learn more about the progress of each horse as we prepare them for a forever home.