ASPCA Celebrates Five Years of the Rescuing Racers Initiative

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 9:45am
Jockey and horse racing

The ASPCA Equine Fund’s Rescuing Racers Initiative is pleased to celebrate its fifth year with the announcement of 25 new grant recipients. Launched in 2010, Rescuing Racers Initiative is a major grants program created to aid in the rescue and rehabilitation of retired racehorses—many suffering from career-ending injuries—to save them from slaughter. The inclusion of this year’s recipients brings the program’s total to $1.7 million in equine-related grants since 2010.

“The ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative began with an anonymous donation of $1 million, and we’ve been fortunate enough to carry on this much-needed grants program thanks to the continued generosity of that donor and many other animal advocates,” said Jacque Schultz, Senior Director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “We’re grateful to have the resources to assist these rescues, which provide sanctuary and after-care to retired racers, saving them from ending up at livestock auctions and slaughterhouses.”

This year’s recipients include a wide range of equine rescues from 14 states, and each will be awarded a grant ranging from $1,500-$25,000. The grant funding helps the groups increase capacity for rescuing more horses, and this year primarily focused on training and rehabilitation costs such as veterinary care, therapeutic shoeing, and boarding to recover from career-ending injuries.

“Rescuing is only the beginning,” said Susan Peirce, president and founder of Red Bucket Equine Rescue, one of the grant recipients. “With deep appreciation to the ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative, we will be able to continue to rescue, rehabilitate, and train deserving equines.”

The organizations joining the list of rescues and sanctuaries as part of the ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative for 2014 are:

  • Akindale Rehabilitation & Land Conservation, NY
  • Brook Hill Retirement Center for Horses, VA
  • CANTER, National
  • Equine Outreach, Inc, OR
  • The Exceller Fund, KY
  • Friends of Ferdinand, IN
  • Hidden Acres Thoroughbred Rescue, FL
  • Hooved Animal Humane Society, IL
  • Kearney Area Community Foundation/Double R Horse Rescue, NE
  • Kentucky Equine Humane Center, KY
  • Makers Mark Secretariat Center, KY
  • MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, MD
  • Neigh Savers Foundation, CA
  • New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, OH
  • Red Bucket Equine Rescue, CA
  • Rerun Inc, VA
  • Second Stride, NY
  • Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue, CA
  • Standardbred Retirement Foundation, NJ
  • Thoroughbred Athletes, OK
  • Thoroughbred Placement and Rescue, MD
  • United Pegasus Foundation, CA

Please join us in congratulating this year’s Rescuing Racers Initiative grant recipients!

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Lanette Rapp

Congratulations! Thank you for all you do to help horses. Please keep up the good work. We are supporters of the ASPCA.

Steffani Magnus...

Thank you to everyone donating to horses, advocating for horses and my utmost respect for those able to rescue horses. Our entire families true thanks.

Patricia Daly-Lipe

Having raced in CA (Eddie Gregson was my trainer) until I found out what others were doing to their horses, I now rescue thoroughbreds. We have either kept or provided forever homes for 11 horses since coming Virginia 10 years ago. I also wrote about some of them for newspapers and magazines so people could appreciate their plight from a personal perspective.

Jessica Baskett

Having raced in Kentucky, race tracks must establish a fund for finding second careers, retirement or if absolutely necessary compassionate euthanasia for american horses. Even the smallest fee at the gate and or race entry fee would compound to result in no horse being sent to slaughter. To not take such action is immoral and unethical. The horses give their all,serve people well and are receiving nothing in return. To do nothing is a disgrace.


Well said!

Elizabeth Young

Thank you thank you thank you for helping these horses and the rescuers that are saving them! Please consider doing something similar for racing pigeons. You could make a life-saving difference for so many and it wouldn't be hard to do!


Thank you for helping horses that have spent their days racing.

Elaine Brown

So who are the recipients. I was invited to read this article so I could find out; however, there are no winners listed.

Joan Van Scyoc

Congratulations to all of these wonderful organizations. The work you do is so important. And, a huge thank you to the ASPCA for recognizing and contributing to the success of these TB Horse Rescues. A big SHOUT OUT to Hidden Acres Thoroughbred Rescue in Florida, a very worthy recipient.