Together, the members of Horse Country opened our gates to the world during the Breeder’s Cup in 2015. More than 1,100 fans visited the iconic studs and nurseries, world-renowned veterinary clinics and even a feed mill in the heart of the Bluegrass. Now we're excited to give back a bit. We'll be awarding the proceeds from the Breeders' Cup Festival Week Tours to a nonprofit that works to support the horses, land and people of Horse Country. Vote for your favorite charity by clicking "Vote Now" below. Share this with anyone you think would support your favorite organization using the hashtag #HorseCountryCares.
Founded in 1995, Bluegrass Conservancy works to protect the Bluegrass region of Kentucky through land conservation for future generations. Horse Country features prominently in the key values for land protection here in the Bluegrass region; Equine: The Horse Capital of the World. It’s a distinction we wear with pride here in the Bluegrass. Read more at bluegrassconservancy.org.
The Equine Land Conservation Resource
The Equine Land Conservation Resource leads in the protection and conservation of lands for the horse and equine-related activities. ELCR works with individuals and organizations to provide information, tools, templates and one-on-one technical assistance to help them keep lands open for horses in their communities. For more information, visit www.ELCR.org.
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation’s mission is to identify and fund the best possible research to promote and protect the soundness and health of horses. While we are affiliated with the Thoroughbred industry, most of the research projects we fund are beneficial to horses of all breeds and activities. Website
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc.
The Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KyEHC) 501(c)(3), exists to rehabilitate (specializing in extensive medical rehab) / retrain, and re-home Kentucky's horses that are surrendered into our care. Many are abused, abandoned, or neglected. The KyEHC is one of the largest all-breed equine rescues located in Kentucky; we handle between 100 - 120 horses per year and typically house around 50% Thoroughbreds. We believe that all breeds of horses deserve a second chance, new beginning, or second career. Our goal is to find every horse who is surrendered to our Center their permanent, forever, and loving home. Please visit www.kyehc.org for more info.
Kentucky Equine Humane Center
Philanthropic support is essential for the Kentucky Horse Park to continue operating as a working horse farm, a world-renowned competition facility and an international center for equine education. The Foundation supports the work of the Kentucky Horse Park by providing annual operating support, and funding special projects and educational programs. Website
Kentucky Horse Park Foundation
Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center is dedicated to reschooling and matching former racehorses to new homes in suitable second careers. The MMSC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit horse adoption program. From the Kentucky Horse Park we advocate to the world the importance of aftercare. Our program aspires to echo the dignity and integrity of the American Thoroughbred. Founded in 2004, the MMSC uses its illustrious location to herald the athleticism of this amazing breed by teaching new skill sets to horses of all levels of ability using the Horse Centered Reschooling Program℠. In this program, developed by MMSC Director Susanna Thomas, horses emerge as ambassadors for racehorses in new careers. Website
Maker's Mark Secretariat Center
New Vocations is the nation’s oldest and largest racehorse adoption program, taking in over 400 retired Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses annually. With a mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome as many horses as possible, the program focuses on adoption rather than retirement, believing that each horse deserves to have an individual home and purpose. For more information, visit www.newvocations.org.
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program
Old Friends provides a dignified retirement to over 160 Thoroughbreds whose racing and/or breeding career came to an end. By promoting these one-time celebrated horses through a campaign of education and tourism (Old Friends host thousands of visitors annually), we hope to raise awareness of Thoroughbred aftercare and all equines in need. Website
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm
Our Mims Retirement Haven showcases vibrant, healthy elder Thoroughbreds living in the hills of Bourbon County. Read more about the stories these magnificent equines have to tell at OurMims.org.
Our Mims Retirement Haven
Second Stride is a 501 (c) (3) non profit that provides professional rehabilitation, retraining and placement of retired thoroughbred racehorses. The program specializes in giving retired thoroughbreds the proper care and quality training they need to succeed in something new. Website
Second Stride, Inc.
Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) provides grants to qualified organizations that work to retrain and rehome Thoroughbreds and provide assistance to the people who care for them. Over the past 26 years, TCA has granted more than $21 million to more than 200 Thoroughbred-related organizations. Please visit www.tca.org for more information.
Thoroughbred Charities of America
Based in Lexington, Kentucky, the non-profit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accredits, inspects and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retire, retrain and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. Funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association Inc., the TAA is supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, aftercare professionals and other industry groups. To date, 56 aftercare organizations supporting more than 180 facilities across the U.S. and Canada have been granted accreditation and received funding from the TAA. To learn more about the TAA, visit thoroughbredaftercare.org.