It all began with the kind of inquiry any nonprofit dreams of getting – a donor is considering giving one million dollars, in this case to save the lives of more retired racehorses. Six worthy recipients were identified, covering both a cross-section of the country and a cross-section of the different types of thoroughbred rescues/sanctuaries in operation.
Once the donor approved the plan, the selected recipients were contacted and given two months to meet with their boards and send in their applications for grants ranging from $100,000 – 350,000 which would be distributed over the next two-to-three years. Their charge: come up with a plan that would utilize at least 50% of the grant award to expand capacity to save the lives of more horses than you currently do. All six met the challenge with flying colors.
Year One Grants, Ranging from $34,000-175,000, at a Glance
CANTER: Transition approximately 165 thoroughbreds off tracks by expanding direct intake programs across the country; increased training programs and funding for surgeries and programs for equine vet students.
CERF: Add four additional individual paddocks for retirees; upgraded fencing in communal paddocks; built a second hay barn to allow bulk purchasing to lower feed costs; incorporate a physical therapy program to increase comfort and make a small percentage of the population ready for adoption.
KyEHC: Send 18 thoroughbreds through an extensive training program to ready them for life as performance horses; cover costs for educational materials and efforts to promote the program both within and outside the industry.
MAHR: Implement “On the Right Track” training voucher program to increase adoptions and lower returns; develop new advertising/marketing program to increase adoption rate; and make capital improvements to new leasehold to make facility safer and more adopter-friendly.
Old Friends: Construct 12 run-in sheds for paddocks constructed in 2009; lay 350 posts for fencing for two planned paddocks which will allow 4-6 more permanent residents. Finishing up these plans that actually began in 2008, will double the sanctuary’s original capacity.
TRF: Provide fencing and water at three expanded fields at Montpelier to accommodate 40 more horses; provide fencing, run-in shed, locked storage, and viable water at James River Correctional Facility work farm to accommodate 30 more horses; complete fencing and provide four run-in sheds at Sykesville Correctional Facility to provide space for an additional 12 more horses.
ASPCA Equine Fund