This past year has been a whirlwind. In looking back, we have so much to be thankful for.
We moved to an overused, rundown farm and it is now beautiful and alive. We have a great team here at MAHR- everyone has worked so hard to get the farm back to its former glory, and to make sure the horses are properly cared for. The horses are all well- the skinnies have put on weight, the war horses are learning a new way of thinking, all are relishing their new lives. Horses that came in worn out are now engaged and happy. Our racing industry is now behind aftercare. We are fully accredited by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. We have a great support crew- raising funds, putting on events, attending functions, posting on social media. The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF) clinics have been wildly successful, as has the Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series. The Retired Racehorse Project continues to champion the thoroughbred and bridge the gap between the race and the sport horse industry. The ASPCA, Thoroughbred Charities of America, Blue Horse Charities, and the Maryland Jockey Club are wonderful supporters, along with countless individuals and groups who want to make a difference. We have so many great friends in the rescue world, and there seems to be more of a sense of collaboration versus competition. The rigorous accreditation process for rescues will take care of less than legit groups while mentoring new ones.
We still have a lot to do. Horses at the lesser tracks are still leaving for dark places, but it is getting better. Trainers are realizing that these horses have futures beyond racing, and the sport horse world is getting back to the thoroughbred, in all disciplines. We need to keep working on this, so that one day, all thoroughbreds are safe.
We are thankful for YOU, our friends and supporters, family and fans, and for the horses that have brought us all together……they deserve nothing less than our best.
We are hosting a Holiday Open House at the farm on Sunday December 14th. We invite you to come and share in our blessings….