|THP Announces Affiliation With CANTER
The Texas Horsemen’s Partnership, LLP (THP)
is proud to announce a partnership affiliation with CANTER of Texas, a
non-profit organization that finds new homes for retired racehorses. CANTER
of Texas is the Texas chapter of the national organization CANTER.
CANTER is a non-profit organization founded in Michigan in 1997 by a
racehorse owner to help find new homes for retiring racehorses. CANTER
is a placement program started by and for the racing industry to help
racehorses “after the finish line.” With the addition of CANTER
of Texas, CANTER now operates in six state/regional chapters.
At its website (www.canterusa.org/texas),
CANTER of Texas helps transition Texas ex-racehorses by listing horses
for sale at Texas racetracks. CANTER does not take commissions on the
sales and operates entirely as a non-profit organization. Information,
photos, asking price and direct contact information are made available
for each horse so that prospective buyers may
contact owners and trainers directly.
CANTER also provides buyer education through its website so that trainers
are not overwhelmed with inexperienced or otherwise inappropriate buyers.
CANTER recognizes that trainers are very busy and are not in the business
of selling, so it does its best to prepare buyers and act as a buffer
for the trainers as much as possible.
CANTER has transitioned over 2,050 horses into non-racing homes since
1997. CANTER horses go to many new careers, including hunters/jumpers,
barrel racers, pleasure and trail horses, dressage mounts, or breeding
While CANTER assists in finding new homes for retired racehorses, executive
director Lynn Rorke is quick to point out that the organization is not
designed to rescue racehorses from their racing careers. She stated emphatically,
"We're pro-racing. We don't feel like racehorses need to be rescued
from doing their job. They just often need help finding second homes when
their racing careers are over." Rorke went on to explain, "Racing
takes care of its horses, and that's why we are here"
In addition to the THP, CANTER of Texas has been endorsed by Lone Star
Park at Grand Prairie, Retama Park, and Sam Houston Race Park. CANTER
of Texas volunteers have already started making rounds through the stable
areas at Sam Houston Race Park and Retama Park talking to trainers about
CANTER’s services, and CANTER of Texas has already found new homes
for a number of retired racehorses.
Executive Director Tommy Azopardi said about the THP’s partnership
affiliation with CANTER of Texas, “We are extremely proud to be
able to help facilitate this service for the benefit of our members.”
To find out more information about CANTER of Texas or if you are interested
in listing a retired racehorse for sale with CANTER of Texas, go to the
CANTER of Texas website at www.canterusa.org/texas
or contact Lynn Rorke by phone at (512) 565-1824 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.