Updated: Jan 17
The Jockey Club of America and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance have dedicated a great deal of resources to assist in finding racehorses second careers. This has lead to racetracks and several States in donating percentage of the purses to further help the horses transition from racing. However, there are still numerous racehorses waiting to be retrained.
The Center for Racehorse Retraining, CRR, has been retraining racehorses and offering rehoming solutions to trainers and owners since 2016 and have rehomed over 100 horses. CRR also provides a sanctuary for those horses unable to be retrained because of injuries or retired breeding stock. Annually, CRR rehomes about 30 retired racehorses and currently provides retirement homes for twelve retired racehorses and broodmares. GVHR is hopeful that their partnership with CRR will demonstrate the versatility of Thoroughbreds in second careers, as well as make more people aware of the rehoming opportunities available to OTTBs.
For more information about CRRR https://www.wyomingottb.org/
Grand Valley Horse Rescue will be bringing in two 4 year old fillies, Blame the Queen and Rosarita's Dance, from the Center for Retired Racehorse Retraining to train into youth performance horses as their second career. Both GVHR and CRR are optimistic that this will be the start of an ongoing relationship.
Blame the Queen was born on February 11, 2018. She had one race at Santa Anita on February 20, 2021 where she broke from the gate last and finished last.
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Rosarita's Dance was born on May 21, 2018. She raced one time at Arapahoe on September 22, 2021 and finished last,
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Wilder will be training Blame the Queen. She is the co-Vice President of education for GVHR. She plans on competing with Queen at the National Barrel Horse Association Super Show in Las Vegas and the Colorado Barrel Futurity in Montrose both events are in June. She also plans on auditioning for the Rimrock Rodeo Royalty with Queen at the end of August.
If she is accepted she will be training Queen for the Retired Racehorse Project in October.
The following year, she hopes to train Queen to be a trick riding horse.
Kylie and Ahlayna will be co-training Rosarita's Dance. They are both on the fundraising committee for GVHR. They plan on competing with Rita at the National Barrel Horse Association Super Show in Las Vegas and the Colorado Barrel Futurity in Montrose both events are in June. In August, they plan on showing Rita at the local Western Dressage show with hopes of showing her at the Western Dressage World Show in September.
If accepted Kylie and Ahlayna plan on showing Rita at the Retired Racehorse Project.
Photo of Kylie (on the left), Sophia (on the right) and Wall-E one of last years rescues is the horse.
Additional photos of Blame the Queen
Video of Rosarita's Dance
Video of Wilder riding William with Kenzie lunging him. William was surrendered to GVHR because he was to spooky to ride.
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