Photo: ReRun Inc.
I am thankful to write about the sport I love. I find it personally fulfilling; in my own small way promoting horse racing which may enhance the enjoyment of the sport for some, and may help a new fan or two discover this great game. For those of you that know you me personally, you know that I have a special place in my heart for the equine athletes that make horse racing go. I am an animal lover, and I believe there is no more majestic and beautiful animal than the horse. This is exactly why I am so thrilled to announce that I have been named to serve on the Board of Directors of ReRun.
As stated in their mission statement, ReRun Inc. is a nonprofit Thoroughbred adoption program whose mission is to rehabilitate, retrain, and find loving, adoptive homes for Thoroughbred racehorses when their careers on the track are over.
It goes without saying that the mission of ReRun is one near and dear to my heart. I believe that it is our collective responsibility to insure that retired racehorses are afforded a life after racing of dignity and care. From the three thousand maiden claimer to the grade 1 stakes winner, these wonderful animals, that give us so much enjoyment, deserve nothing less.
Retired racehorses need us now as much as ever. I understand that the individual can only do so much, especially in these challenging economic times, but I am a big believer in the power of the collective. Through education, a little effort, and some spare love, we can make a difference. From the fan, and two-dollar better, to the wealthiest owner, we should all look to help as much or as little as we are each able to see that these equine athletes have someplace after racing. I’m happy to say that ReRun not only does that, but they strive to find second careers for these horses.
More specifically, ReRun believes, “Every racehorse deserves our services, not just those with the best chance of adoption. The horse’s interest comes first. Full disclosure of the horses’ known physical and behavioral issues is the best policy. The quality of our adoptions is more important than the quantity of adoptions. We care about protecting the horse even after adoption.”
As I mentioned, I am thankful to write about horse racing. Now I feel blessed to give back through an organization I believe in. I know a little about second careers. They can make all the difference. I invite you to visit the ReRun website now, and see how you can make a difference.