Program Spotlight: New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society

Awesome Honey, a former New Stride horse who was adopted out in January of 2015. (Photos courtesy of New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society.) -

Awesome Honey, a former New Stride horse who was adopted out in January of 2015. (Photos courtesy of New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society.) -

New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society is the perfect example of a program started by people around the track who want a good home for racehorses after they are retired from racing. Located in British Columbia, Canada, a group of horsemen at Hastings Racecourse came together to create the program in 2002. “The program was started in 2002 by a number of backstretch workers, trainers owners, and basically people who are around the track who really wanted to make sure there was a program where the horses that are racing … have another place to go and that there’s something to do and an organization that can retrain them and rehome them for another job,” said Carmen Kramer, New Stride’s program coordinator.

STEPMOTHER’S BOY HAS RECENTLY JOINED THE NEW STRIDE PROGRAM

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When a horse is first entered into New Stride’s program, it is transported to the program’s farm. The first thing New Stride does is look at the horse’s past veterinary records to see if the horse can be a competition horse or if it needs an easier lifestyle due to injuries. After the horse settles into the farm lifestyle, New Stride workers get to know what it may be best suited for. Some horses go through the process of settling into the farm life and letting the people at New Stride know what it wants to do in its new career within a few weeks while others can take months to relax into the quieter lifestyle away from the track. New Stride’s main goal is to find its horses permanent homes and all potential adopters have to come to the facility and work with the horse they are looking at adopting to make sure the match is right for both the horse and the potential new owner. More than 130 horses have been adopted through the program after going through this process, with the adoption application process taking anywhere from a few days to a month. The program has adopted out its horses to Alberta and other areas outside of British Columbia, making arrangements if someone from outside the province wants to adopt a horse. The only requirement is that the potential adopter comes and spends time with the horse so New Stride can make sure the partnership is a good fit. “Once they contact me and we connect and we have a few meetings they work with the horse and they ride the horse. Basically their next step is for us to look at where they want to board the horse and then just kind of look at their background,” Kramer said. “We get some reference checks, so it can take anywhere from three to five days to almost a month depending on how long it takes to get all of the information and getting the rides together.” If the application is approved, the adopter must agree to a contract that includes New Stride keeping the horse’s papers for a year. During the time period, New Stride goes out to make sure the horse is healthy, and the new owner cannot sell the horse. After that first year, the new owner gets the horse’s registration papers but still must contact New Stride if they need to sell or rehome the horse for any reason.

GUILDED IN SILVER, SHOWN AS ON CUE, WAS ADOPTED THREE YEARS AGO

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The program also makes sure that adopters are aware that they are not allowed to breed the mares it adopts out and makes sure that any male in the program is a gelding. Kramer has had to clear up a few misconceptions that potential adopters who approach the program have, which are surprisingly very different from each other. The first misconception is that the horses in the program are good mounts for young children. She has found that since people hear the horses are retired they assume the horses are older, which leads to the belief that they are calmer. The other misconception isn’t from the actual adopters but from the people the adopters ride with. “We’ve had a number of horses adopted where the owners have used them for trail and recreational purposes. They report back to us how wonderful [the horses] are and how they are loving it and adapting to it, and how other people feel or think ‘oh here comes the Thoroughbred. It’s going to be high strung and it’s going to cause trouble in our nice little trail group’ and it’s completely the opposite. “In fact, because of the Thoroughbred’s stamina, I had one lady this fall come back and say on one of the lengthy trail rides they did everybody was so impressed with this mare. She not only showed the stamina and kept going when other horses weren’t able to, she was super calm and cool headed and dealt with everything that came up,” said Kramer.

REGAL SPICE FOUND A NEW HOME IN DECEMBER OF 2014

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While most horses who come into New Stride are adopted out, the program has one permanent resident named How Bout Jose. Ridden by Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Mario Gutierrez, “Jose” raced until an injury forced his retirement when he was 10. A fan favorite in British Columbia, Jose won 12 of his 33 races for over $229,000 in earnings. Gelded after arriving at New Stride, Jose is the program’s ambassador and the first horse volunteers handle when they enter the program. The alpha horse in his pasture group, Jose is enjoying life to the fullest. “His owners and trainers and the people around him wanted to make sure that he would have a good life and he is actually living at our main foster farm, which is about a 48 acre farm with huge fields,” Kramer said. “He’s kind of the head honcho of his gelding group. He’s loving his permanent retirement, he has volunteers that take him out and groom him; he can be ridden a little bit. He’s just such a gentleman – he’s wonderful.

” HOW BOUT JOSE IN RETIREMENT “

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Recently, New Stride was given a major boost toward their goal of helping horses when the program was accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) in December of 2013. The program was one of 20 programs accredited in the second round of accreditations by TAA and New Stride has found another perk of being TAA accredited outside of the funding the program receives. “[TAA accreditation] means that the general public can have the sense that we are doing our part in a very professional manner,” said Kramer. “There are a lot of rules and regulations and guidelines that we have had to go through to get this aftercare and it’s of course very helpful to have that funding from them.”

ALONG THE WAY IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION AT NEW STRIDE

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Fans who want to help out New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society can donate supplies, time and money. Even those who may not want to handle horses have a place at New Stride if they want to volunteer as there are many fundraising events throughout the year for the program. For more information about New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society, you can visit the program’s website here. -

Announcing our 2015 Thoroughbred Jumper Challenge Series!

 Announcing our 2015 Thoroughbred Jumper Challenge Series!

Help us showcase the Thoroughbred horse   New Stride is proud to recognize, promote, and reward Thoroughbred owners and riders with our third annual Thoroughbred Competition Series.  The first two years were run in a Hunter Classic format and this year we’ve opted to run it as a Jumper Challenge to further showcase the versatility of Thoroughbreds.  We aim to show the public the best side of the Thoroughbred horse and the industry built around it.  Our unique series will raise the profile of Thoroughbreds in sport and will ultimately help find more homes for these magnificent animals. An idea that’s growing and growing…   The idea of holding a Thoroughbred Competition Series was spearheaded by our friends Stacey Krembil and Long Run Thoroughbred Adoption Society in Ontario.  Over the last five years, they have built it into a highly regarded Hunter Classic Series that draws Thoroughbred enthusiasts ranging from promising amateurs to seasoned professional riders.  The Series is showcased at a variety of “A” Circuit and FEI-ranked shows. Working in partnership with Stacey and Long Run, our goal is to build out the same success in British Columbia and create a national Thoroughbred Series over the next few years. Who is eligible to compete and what are the show rules?   It’s open to all Thoroughbreds  with valid tattoo or papers from The Jockey Club or CTHS. A copy of the papers must be provided to the Horse Show Office.  If competitors do not have registration papers, they must provide a letter from a vet confirming their horse’s tattoo number.  Competitors can also prove registration online with New Stride here. Competitors will have a choice in two heights (0.75m or 0.9m).  The Horse/Rider combination will jump their chosen height in both rounds.  The class will be run in an immediate jump off format (FEI Article 238 Table A, 2.2).  Winner will receive a Cooler. Points will be awarded to the top Horse/Rider combinations.  These points will go towards the $500 East-West Series Challenge Bonus for the top point Thoroughbred of 2015. Questions about the competition?  Read our FAQs!

 

Looking for sponsors!

We are currently looking for sponsors for the finale of our 2015 100-Day Trainer Challenge.  Click here to get more details. Many thanks to the sponsors of our Hunter Classic Series: Austeville Properties, Chiefswood Stables, Great Canadian Gaming Corp, Hastings Racecourse, North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, and Shannon Stables Ltd.

Save the date

Our 2015 Schedule: $1,500 New Stride Jumper Challenge Series sponsored by Hastings Racecourse June 24-28, 2015 Thunderbird Show Park $1,500 New Stride Jumper Challenge Series sponsored by Austeville Properties Ltd July 15-19, 2015 Milner Downs Equestrian Center $1,500 New Stride Jumper Challenge Series sponsored by Great Canadian Gaming Corp July 22-26, 2015 Milner Downs Equestrian Center $3,000 New Stride Jumper Challenge Finale sponsored by North American TB Horse Co & Shannon Stables September 17-20, 2015 Thunderbird Show Park

Mark your calendars and keep an eye open for updates!

Attention all racehorse owners

Did you know that you can automatically donate 1% of your purse winnings during the Hastings Racecourse 2014 racing season to New Stride and receive a charitable receipt for tax purposes?  It’s simple!  Simply stop by the Horseman’s Bookkeepers Office at Hastings and fill out a form.  You can also contact the wonderful Merrilee Elliot at merrilee@bctoba.comand she can make the necessary arrangements.

Awakening to Thoroughbred Aftercare

By Eric Mitchell

What happened to a Thoroughbred after it finished racing barely registered as an issue with most industry stakeholders 25 years ago.

“Nobody cared,” said Delaware owner/breeder Herb Moelis, a New York businessman who bought a farm he named Candyland in 1986. What awoke Moelis and his wife, Ellen, to the fate of ex-racehorses was an article about horses being abandoned at Delaware Park when the track’s meet was done.

“The good horses moved on, and the poor runners were just left in the stalls,” Moelis remembered. “They just shut the gates, and they died there.”

The Moelises’ eyes had been opened, and they began looking for solutions. They started with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), an organization supported by a trust created by Paul Mellon, and a handful of small rescue organizations. Moelis said he quickly discovered the root of the problem: the funding didn’t exist to provide anything approaching adequate retirement or retraining options for these horses.

“The TRF couldn’t help because it was everything they could do to fund their own operation,” Moelis said. “We realized the smaller organizations needed help, so the concept of a United Way-type group came about.”

The Moelises and prominent owner/breeder Allaire duPont organized a stallion season auction to start raising money. Five stallion seasons were sold through a silent auction in the living room of the Moelises’ home on Candyland in 1990. The fledgling event raised $15,000.

“Even to raise $15,000 was a lot of money at the time,” Moelis said recently. “The event was strictly a local thing in the beginning, held in the middle of the winter when there wasn’t a lot else going on. It eventually increased and became the event of the year.”

The auction grew into the Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), and its impact was felt immediately.

“You don’t know what you’ve done,” said one owner of a small rescue operation when she spied the Moelises in the lobby of a movie theater a couple of years after their fundraising started.

The event gained momentum and supporters. Eventually TCA was incorporated as an endowment to support charities involved in rescue, aftercare education, and research. Joining the Moelises and duPont in supporting the cause were Jim Orsini, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, and his wife Toni; Roy and Gretchen Jackson; Betty Moran; and Kathleen Crompton.

In 2000 the TCA joined forces with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), which had been holding its own stallion season auction fundraiser. The TCA retained the name of the event, and TOBA received a portion of the auction proceeds to help offset what it would lose by not holding its own event. By 2008 TCA officially became the charitable arm of TOBA.

“I was getting concerned that it was a small group running things and that if something happened to us then the organization would disappear,” Moelis said. “We thought an organization like TOBA would keep it around for a long while.”

Since its inception the 25-year-old TCA has raised more than $20 million and provided support to more than 200 organizations.

Moelis said the organization’s growth has exceeded his most optimistic expectations, and he is thrilled with the implementation of check-off programs by The Jockey Club, Keeneland, and Fasig-Tipton, which all raise money for aftercare charities. But Moelis also recognizes that much more remains to be done.

“The funding is still inadequate, but it has at least started,” he said.

As important as the money, said Moelis, is continuing the education about providing a future for ex-racehorses.

“Our main goal was to raise awareness, but the only way to raise awareness is to raise money,” he said. “I think we laid the groundwork for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, and the Retired Racehorse Project has put us on the right road now by focusing on retraining.

“The industry is finally waking up.”

Originally published on BloodHorse.com.

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NEW STRIDE THOUROUGHBRED ADOPTION SOCIETY

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NEW STRIDE THOUROUGHBRED ADOPTION SOCIETY
Rehabilitation │ Retraining │ Adoption │ Education

November 18th, 2014

Dear Horse Owner/Horse Lover,

I am sure you are aware of New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society, we are a non-profit charitable organization that has been re-homing former thoroughbred race horses for the past 12 years. We have found homes for over 120 horses, the majority of which raced at Hastings Park Racecourse. We don’t simply take in horses and adopt them out, we provide re-habilitation and re-training and find new homes and new careers (with the appropriate adopter) for these exceptional athletes.

We have received accreditation from the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, and we have qualified for grants from the THA, Thoroughbred Charities of America and Blue Horse Charities. The aforementioned groups have very rigorous application, review and approval processes.

As a horse owner I appreciate how tough a business horse racing is and most of us are in it for the love of the game and love of the horses. These horses deserve a new career or a pleasant retirement for all the joy and excitement they have provided to us. The only way we can continue to re-train and re-house these wonderful animals is through donations.

Please consider a donation to New Stride to assist us with continuing to find race horses new homes and new careers. All donations are 100% tax deductible and we will issue tax receipts by year end.

You can mail your cheque to New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society at 4799 Olund Road Abbotsford, BC V4X 1V6 or you can go to www.newstride.com and click on “Donate”.
As horse owners you understand the day to day cost of looking after these fine animals, we have had to limit the amount of horses into the program due to financial restraint. We are hopeful that with additional funds raised that we will not have to turn any horses away.

Thank you very much for your consideration and a big thank you to all of you who have supported New Stride in the past.

Wishing everyone the best of racing luck. Sincerely,

Bill Randall
President, New Stride
E-mail: brandall@newstride.com Phone: 604-671-3077

NEW STRIDE THOUROUGHBRED ADOPTION SOCIETY

NewStride-Banner

NEW STRIDE THOUROUGHBRED ADOPTION SOCIETY
Rehabilitation │ Retraining │ Adoption │ Education

November 18th, 2014

Dear Horse Owner/Horse Lover,

I am sure you are aware of New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society, we are a non-profit charitable organization that has been re-homing former thoroughbred race horses for the past 12 years. We have found homes for over 120 horses, the majority of which raced at Hastings Park Racecourse. We don’t simply take in horses and adopt them out, we provide re-habilitation and re-training and find new homes and new careers (with the appropriate adopter) for these exceptional athletes.

We have received accreditation from the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, and we have qualified for grants from the THA, Thoroughbred Charities of America and Blue Horse Charities. The aforementioned groups have very rigorous application, review and approval processes.

As a horse owner I appreciate how tough a business horse racing is and most of us are in it for the love of the game and love of the horses. These horses deserve a new career or a pleasant retirement for all the joy and excitement they have provided to us. The only way we can continue to re-train and re-house these wonderful animals is through donations.

Please consider a donation to New Stride to assist us with continuing to find race horses new homes and new careers. All donations are 100% tax deductible and we will issue tax receipts by year end.

You can mail your cheque to New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society at 4799 Olund Road Abbotsford, BC V4X 1V6 or you can go to www.newstride.com and click on “Donate”.
As horse owners you understand the day to day cost of looking after these fine animals, we have had to limit the amount of horses into the program due to financial restraint. We are hopeful that with additional funds raised that we will not have to turn any horses away.

Thank you very much for your consideration and a big thank you to all of you who have supported New Stride in the past.

Wishing everyone the best of racing luck. Sincerely,

Bill Randall
President, New Stride
E-mail: brandall@newstride.com Phone: 604-671-3077

NEW STRIDE THOUROUGHBRED ADOPTION SOCIETY

NewStride-Banner

NEW STRIDE THOUROUGHBRED ADOPTION SOCIETY
Rehabilitation │ Retraining │ Adoption │ Education

November 18th, 2014

Dear Horse Owner/Horse Lover,

I am sure you are aware of New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society, we are a non-profit charitable organization that has been re-homing former thoroughbred race horses for the past 12 years. We have found homes for over 120 horses, the majority of which raced at Hastings Park Racecourse. We don’t simply take in horses and adopt them out, we provide re-habilitation and re-training and find new homes and new careers (with the appropriate adopter) for these exceptional athletes.

We have received accreditation from the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, and we have qualified for grants from the THA, Thoroughbred Charities of America and Blue Horse Charities. The aforementioned groups have very rigorous application, review and approval processes.

As a horse owner I appreciate how tough a business horse racing is and most of us are in it for the love of the game and love of the horses. These horses deserve a new career or a pleasant retirement for all the joy and excitement they have provided to us. The only way we can continue to re-train and re-house these wonderful animals is through donations.

Please consider a donation to New Stride to assist us with continuing to find race horses new homes and new careers. All donations are 100% tax deductible and we will issue tax receipts by year end.

You can mail your cheque to New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society at 4799 Olund Road Abbotsford, BC V4X 1V6 or you can go to www.newstride.com and click on “Donate”.
As horse owners you understand the day to day cost of looking after these fine animals, we have had to limit the amount of horses into the program due to financial restraint. We are hopeful that with additional funds raised that we will not have to turn any horses away.

Thank you very much for your consideration and a big thank you to all of you who have supported New Stride in the past.

Wishing everyone the best of racing luck. Sincerely,

Bill Randall
President, New Stride
E-mail: brandall@newstride.com Phone: 604-671-3077

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NEW STRIDE THOUROUGHBRED ADOPTION SOCIETY
Rehabilitation │ Retraining │ Adoption │ Education

November 18th, 2014

Dear Horse Owner/Horse Lover,

I am sure you are aware of New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society, we are a non-profit charitable organization that has been re-homing former thoroughbred race horses for the past 12 years. We have found homes for over 120 horses, the majority of which raced at Hastings Park Racecourse. We don’t simply take in horses and adopt them out, we provide re-habilitation and re-training and find new homes and new careers (with the appropriate adopter) for these exceptional athletes.

We have received accreditation from the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, and we have qualified for grants from the THA, Thoroughbred Charities of America and Blue Horse Charities. The aforementioned groups have very rigorous application, review and approval processes.

As a horse owner I appreciate how tough a business horse racing is and most of us are in it for the love of the game and love of the horses. These horses deserve a new career or a pleasant retirement for all the joy and excitement they have provided to us. The only way we can continue to re-train and re-house these wonderful animals is through donations.

Please consider a donation to New Stride to assist us with continuing to find race horses new homes and new careers. All donations are 100% tax deductible and we will issue tax receipts by year end.

You can mail your cheque to New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society at 4799 Olund Road Abbotsford, BC V4X 1V6 or you can go to www.newstride.com and click on “Donate”.
As horse owners you understand the day to day cost of looking after these fine animals, we have had to limit the amount of horses into the program due to financial restraint. We are hopeful that with additional funds raised that we will not have to turn any horses away.

Thank you very much for your consideration and a big thank you to all of you who have supported New Stride in the past.

Wishing everyone the best of racing luck. Sincerely,

Bill Randall
President, New Stride
E-mail: brandall@newstride.com Phone: 604-671-3077