Second Stride is accredited by the THOROUGHBRED AFTERCARE ALLIANCE.
The Kentucky Equine Health and Welfare Council has granted Second Stride Inc. certification as an equine rescue facility for the State of Kentucky effective February 1st, 2014. Click here to see our certificate signed by the Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture >>
Second Stride Inc. abides by the Guidelines for Transitioning the Retired Racehorse as set forth by the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
Second Stride Inc. abides by the Care Guidelines for Equine Rescue And Retirement Facilities as set forth by the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
Second Stride Inc. Board of Directors:
Kim Smith, Founder
Kathy Stim, Vice President
Paul Rutherford, Secretary
Nicole Fabry, Treasurer
Debbie Iezzi, Director
Sara Dorman, Director
Background on our Board of Directors >>
Second Stride Inc. Advisors:
Barbara Borden, Kentucky State Racing Steward
Bill Landes, General Manager, Hermitage Farm
Del Lowell, General Manager, LaCroix Training Center
JoAnn Heppermann, racehorse owner, Author, Asst. District Governor, Prospect Rotary Club
Nick Rennecamp, thoroughbred trainer, polo trainer, farm manager
Tom Drury, thoroughbred trainer
Al Stall, Jr., thoroughbred trainer
Paul McGee, thoroughbred trainer
Buff Bradley, thoroughbred breeder and trainer
Amy Stevens, President, Horsesales, Inc.
Cathy Shircliff, owner, Pink Julep Boutique
Megan Northrop, co-owner, Northrop Equine
Harvey Diamond, MD, partner, Skychai Racing LLC
Second Stride horses are housed at Moserwood Farms in Prospect, Kentucky. In 2006, Moserwood acquired 103 acres of fertile grazing land in Pleasureville, Kentucky, approximately 40 minutes up I-71 from Prospect. We call the new location "Moserwood Farms II" and it is the home for Second Stride horses that need turnout time before entering a re-training program. more about Moserwood Farms I & II >>
Second Stride's brochure >>
Second Stride is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization providing professional rehabilitation, retraining, and placement for retired thoroughbred racehorses in qualified homes so that they may reach their full potential in a productive second career.
Second Stride is made up of volunteers who are active in other areas of the racing industry: owners, partnership managers, handicappers, trainers. We are working to improve racing from within, and know from first hand experience how many people may have the desire to retire a horse safely, but at times find that difficult to do. We understand. We have been there, and now are doing what we can, looking for others who can help by doing what they can.
In 2015 we adopted out 115 unique horses, plus 7 additional adoptions that were repeat placements, making 122 ADOPTIONS FOR THE YEAR! Our come back rate was less than 1%, and of those, some were well trained horses donated back for us to raise funds. We castrated and socialized a record number of colts, and we took in a record number of mending horses. We broke some horses to ride and we restarted several retired broodmares under saddle in preparation for a third career!
SECOND STRIDE PLACED 82 HORSES IN ADOPTIVE HOMES IN 2012, 95 HORSES IN 2013, MORE THAN 100 IN 2014! Thank-you to our adopters, donors and volunteers! Over 1000 horses have been placed in adoptive homes since the inception of our program in 2005.
Second Stride feature from PBS, January 2012:
A message from Second Stride Inc. founder & executive director Kim Smith:
I thought long and hard about how to help out the racehorses in our community after a look into the non-profit racehorse retirement world proved discouraging back in 2005. I found the system to be loaded with red tape that discouraged racehorse owners from donating horses. Many owners don't like losing control over the placement of their horses, or they don't like the hassle of getting them vanned to the site, plus fulfilling the many health requirements and paper work.
For this reason, I decided to offer a place for owners to send thoroughbred horses to retire from racing with dignity. Our farms have retraining facilities and services to give racehorses a new career. While the horses are being retrained, we network for them to ensure a timely transition into new and loving homes.
We will place horses in qualified resale homes, because our experience is that they provide a better service to the horse. Even the kindest ex-racer can be young and impressionable, so how they are treated and trained over their first year away from the track influences the useability they will have for the rest of their lives. The best initial homes are with experienced trainers who work with the horses for the time it takes to get them solidly started in a new career before reselling them.
We ask for donations to cover expenses including board, farrier health care, and retraining for those horses who are ready. We do not have a veterinarian on staff for the program at this time, so our horses have not been vet certified as sound for any particular job. Due to our limitation on space, we try to only take in what appear to be sound, sane, serviceable horses. We will network for other horses and do our best to help provide contacts and placement options for those that we can't take on our farms.
Another goal of our program is to fill cracks that may exist in other equine rescue and rehoming programs. While all programs serve a great purpose, our program was designed to champion the Thoroughbred horses bred, raised and raced in our wonderful Bluegrass state of Kentucky. Our program provides several things that some other programs do not:
We strive to educate the riding community about the Thoroughbred racehorse and the racing industry. Second Stride also strives to educate the racing community about the needs of a general riding horse owner and the transitional needs of a horse right off the track. We found that proper handling for the first 3-6 months of these horses increased the success rate of a permanent match into a new job, and dramatically stopped the rotating of horses back and forth into the programs from failed matches. We found adopters and racehorse owners very willing to do the right thing, with patience, and financial support of the cause if they have the means.
We've developed a training program that dramatically decreases the transitional time of racehorses to a new career. We are proud of our horses, our adopters and our donating owners. We would like to thank each and every one of you and appreciate your continued support. Without you and our volunteers we could not function! Together we made a difference in the lives of so many horses.
We always welcome VOLUNTEERS with experience in fundraising and a passion for helping retired thoroughbred racehorses, as we work toward our goal to develop a financial base of support to care for more horses. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to help.