Nearly 100 Thoroughbreds Placed through Maryland Group this Year

Maryland's Thoroughbred Placement and Rescue, Inc. (TPR) is a 501(c)(3) charity that was created by Thoroughbred horsemen for Thoroughbred horsemen as a way to retire former racehorses. Last year TPR placed over 150 horses. This year, they are well on their way to meeting and possibly exceeding that number as they are quickly approaching 100 and it is only September. What makes TPR different from any other horse charity in the mid-Atlantic region is founder Kim Clark.

Clark fell into the business in November of 2007 when she offered to sell 5 Thoroughbreds for a client, and after posting them on her Web site got over 200 calls in one week. Since then there has been no turning back. A race trainer and exercise rider for more than 25 years, Clark brings her depth of knowledge of the racing industry and combines it with her knowledge and skill in the show and eventing disciplines to place Thoroughbreds in the right homes. TPR bridges the gap between the owners and trainers at the racetracks and the potential new owners eager for a horse.

Some of her most striking successes over the past year are with horses named Little Guy and Tippy. What makes these special is the horses' journey from a certain untimely death to a loving home and the intense dedication and love that makes it happen.

Little Guy was at the farm of a race trainer who stopped feeding him. After watching this horse (and others) become slowly thinner by the day, the trainer's mother-in-law called Clark and told her about the horse. When Kim came to get the horse and found him emaciated, she asked the trainer why he had not called her to come get him earlier. Fully aware that she placed Thoroughbreds off the track into good homes, he just did not call her.

Tippy was found at auction by a woman in New Jersey, three days before his scheduled shipment to Mexico. She brought the horse to Leighton farm for boarding. Kim recognized his talent and vivacious personality very early on and matched him with a friend, Dr. Kathleen Coyle. Today, Tippy is successfully competing with Coyle in eventing at the beginner novice level. They placed eighth at their most recent competition, a recognized USEA event at Roseryville, Md.

TPR plays a big role in keeping Thoroughbreds out of the slaughter houses. But what it is really about is helping everyone in the Thoroughbred and racing industries find Thoroughbreds a home, and then providing the resources, assistance, and training for the horses and their new owners.

For more information, to view Thoroughbreds for sale or just looking for a home, or to make a donation, visit the Web site at Clover

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