TRF-MMSC Announces Independent Status
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TRF and Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center Announce Independent Status for Premier Reschooling and Adoption Facility
Lexington, Kentucky – April 23, 2012 - The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) and TRF-Maker's Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) are pleased to announce that the MMSC has been granted official status as a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit and has begun operating as an independent organization. Opened in 2004, the MMSC has served as the TRF’s premier reschooling and adoption facility for former racehorses.
This new arrangement allows for the MMSC to focus on showcasing the athleticism of the off-track Thoroughbred and providing unique community outreach and education programs from its strategic location at the Kentucky Horse Park, and for the TRF to focus on adoption and retirement throughout the country including its correctional facility-based vocational training programs in equine care and stable management. TRF will continue to send a portion of its re-training candidates through the MMSC program. The TRF is headquartered in Saratoga Springs, New York and the MMSC will remain at its present location at the Kentucky Horse Park.
"Both organizations are dedicated to the well-being of this remarkable breed," said Anna Whites, MMSC Board President, "and both organizations are committed to working both separately and together to help raise awareness about the need for reschooling and aftercare options for all Thoroughbreds."
John Moore, Chairman of the Board of the TRF, said: “Under the long-time direction of Susanna Thomas, MMSC has been a shining star among our TRF facilities and we are thrilled that it will now function independently. The sound horses in our herd will continue to be retrained and adopted out from our facilities in New York, Virginia, South Carolina and Florida.”
Founded in 1983, The TRF is the oldest and largest organization in the world dedicated to saving Thoroughbred horses, no longer able to compete on the racetrack, from possible neglect, abuse, and slaughter. It has rescued over 4,000 horses and currently cares for over 1,100 nationwide, all of which are available for adoption, fostering, or sponsorship.
MMSC uses its illustrious location at the Kentucky Horse Park to herald the athleticism of the off-track Thoroughbred to the world by teaching new skill sets to the best exemplars of the breed and by offering educational opportunities to the public for learning and interacting with this remarkable horse – the American Thoroughbred.
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