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Thoroughbred Placement and Rescue Inc

  • Upper Marlboro, MD
  • www.goodhorse.org

Mission Statement

Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. improves the lives of Thoroughbred racehorses, both active and retired by providing training and rehabilitation while educating the public through the development of Breed Ambassadors.

The mission of Hero Horses is to empower veterans and their families by including them in the success of each horse we save.

Main Programs

  1. Clinic Series for Retraining Racehorses
  2. New Track, New Life, Retraining Video and Book Series
  3. Retraining Ex-Racers for New Careers
  4. Hero Horses Program
  5. Surgery and Rehabilitation
  6. Breed Ambassador Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Thoroughbred Placement Resources (TPR) has successfully found homes for horses all over the U.S. and Canada but primarily serves the mid-atlantic states. Our education efforts toward understanding and retraining retired racehorses have reached people all over the world.

Our Hero Horses Program for wounded warriors, veterans, active service and their families is based in Prince George's County Maryland which has the highest concentration of veterans in this state.

ruling year

2009

President

Self-reported

Kimberly Godwin Clark

Vice President

Self-reported

Elizabeth Madlener

Keywords

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Thoroughbred, OTTB, Rescue, Rehabilitation, Training, Education, Horse, Equine

Notes from the Nonprofit

We were not able to list this under Guidestar's Accreditation List so I would like to make potential donors aware that Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. is not only completely transparent in our policies, but we are also thoroughly vetted and accredited.

TPR has earned accreditation from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), and also achieved the highest rating possible with Guide Star.

GFAS is the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries.  TPR, Inc. has been accredited because it has met “the comprehensive and rigorous definition of a true sanctuary and is providing humane and responsible care of equines, meeting rigorous and peer-reviewed standards for operations, administration, and veterinary care established by GFAS.

James Hastie, TAA Executive Director: “We're thrilled to grant accreditation to these worthy organizations in recognition of the great work they're doing. Each of these facilities has undergone a rigorous review process to ensure that they are providing a uniform level of care for our retired Thoroughbreds, and we are pleased to invite them to apply for funding."
Guide Star, the respected organization which provides information about non-profits to the general public and whose main purpose is to enable users to make better decisions about charitable giving, rates Thoroughbred Placement Resources as a Gold Level Member, the highest level of transparency a charity can earn.
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Also Known As

Thoroughbred Placement Resouces, Inc.

EIN

26-3266757

 Number

2182858918

Physical Address

13130 Molly Berry road

Upper Marlboro, 20772

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Since, 2007 TPR has placed through adoption or sale more than 800 retiring or retired Thoroughbred racehorses. At the time we began this work, the belief on backstretches was that no one wanted these wonderful athletes after their race careers ended. Our work has proven this to be wrong. In fact, when the horses are made available in a trustworthy way, people do want them. The racing industry just needs to make the effort.

During this time we have developed a very successful retraining program at Leighton Farm with the guidance of top professional horsemen, Elizabeth Madlener, Jim Wofford and David Loman among others. This work has safely transitioned and retrained 35 horses per year. During this time, Kimberly Clark has written a retraining manual which is offered free to anyone who needs it, held clinics both at the track and at Leighton Farm to teach these retraining techniques so that others may be as successful in transitioning their own retired Thoroughbred racehorses.

TPR's work has put several ex-racers in the hands of top professionals in several riding disciplines. Most notably, Rocky Times, who is now competing at the Advanced Level of Eventing with Katie Ruppel. Constant Star who won the International Contest held by Olympian Beezie and her husband John Madden, for Grand Prix Jumping talent. She is now in training with top level event trainers.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Clinic Series for Retraining Racehorses

TPR hosts a clinic series specifically targeting those with retired racehorses or those who wish to own one.  This series uses a multifaceted approach covering the retraining process from start to finish.  Clinics such as Retraining 101 and 102 provide a solid foundation for the handling of retired racers.  Retraining 101 takes place at the racetrack and demonstrates the knowledge, exposure and handling the horse has had throughout his life as a racehorse.  Retraining 102 takes place at the farm where demonstrations on horses at various levels of retraining are done.  Horses who have been at the farm only a few days to horses who have had extensive retraining and everything in between.  Participants are able to handle and interact with these horses and learn first hand successful retraining techniques.

Beyond these initial clinics TPR has coordinated with well known clinicians with extensive experience with Thoroughbreds.  Clinicians including Jim Wofford, Sharon White, Boyd and Silva Martin, Elizabeth Madlener have already agreed to teach dressage, show jumping and eventing focusing on retraining principles specific to the Thoroughbred.  TPR would like to bring in many others to cover the wide array of disciplines where Thoroughbreds are found.

We seek funding to cover the cost of accommodations, compensation and transportation of clinicians who will promote sound training principles for off track Thoroughbreds.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

$12,000.00

Program 2

New Track, New Life, Retraining Video and Book Series

Funding opportunities are being sought for the production of a video series and hard copy guide covering retraining principles of off track Thoroughbreds.  Inspired by the online book of the same name, New Track, New Life, a guide to retraining Thoroughbred racehorses offers easy to use chapters on everything the individual or rescue group would need to know to be successful at retraining, owning and/or placing a retired racer.

The series will cover the horse's life at the racetrack.  It will offer a detailed map to rescue groups and individuals about how a racehorse is handled, trained and ridden at the racetrack. 

We already have a demo featuring, Olympians Boyd Martin, and Becky Holder as well as both racehorse trainer and Olympian Michael Matz.  After covering the horse's life at the track we will cover the transition to the farm and retraining fundamentals for other disciplines. You can read the online manual "New Track, New Life to learn about this very important project that will help those who have or are considering adopting a retired racehorse.

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

$40,000.00

Program 3

Retraining Ex-Racers for New Careers

TPR sees a racehorse's experience and previous training as potential, not a problem.  Head trainer, Kimberly Clark, has ridden and trained Thoroughbred racehorses for thirty years.  For the past five years she has worked with top trainers in other disciplines such as Jim Wofford in Eventing, Elizabeth Madlener in Dressage and David Loman in the Hunter Jumpers.  This experience has produced a highly effective training program for transitioning retiring Thoroughbred racehorses from race careers to the show and pleasure world.

Having extensive knowledge from both worlds gives a huge advantage because we start from where the horse is when he arrives at the farm as a racehorse, using much of what he knows as the foundation to build upon.  We then build the skills and strength of the horse to showcase his potential as a show or pleasure horse.  This enables us to raise more money for the charity through adoption fees and at the same time match the horse to the best possible home because we have evaluated him and given him the skills he needs to succeed in his new life.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 4

Hero Horses Program

Studies have shown that horses help people. The Hero Horses Program provides an opportunity for wounded warriors to be a part of providing new lives to retiring Thoroughbred racehorses. TPR’s Hero Horses Retraining Program involves our nation’s service members and veterans in the rescue and retraining of retired racehorses. Hero Horses rescues an average of 35 horses per year, and places them successfully in pleasure or show homes, creating breed ambassadors of Thoroughbreds that may have otherwise been euthanized or slaughtered.

Retraining our ex-racehorses before placement gives them an extra layer of protection by making it possible to evaluate them, train them and then match them to the best possible home. This training increases the likelihood of a successful placement after adoption.

The program evolved because a Veteran expressed how much retired racehorses and Wounded Warriors have in common. Veterans are as involved as their comfort level and knowledge allows. From helping with farm chores to actual training, fundraising and more. Retired racehorses are selected for the program are good candidates for retraining. The decision is made based on health, temperament and urgency of each individual situation. Horses receive a basic veterinary exam, dental and blacksmith immediately. Next they are transitioned to turn out and during that time the begin basic training which consisted of leading, grooming and basics of manners and behavior for interacting with humans. Acceptable behavior for a racehorse is much different than for a show or pleasure horse. Riding quickly begins to provide good fundamentals for any discipline. At some point in the training we determine what the horse’s best use will be and we begin to seek a suitable adopter as training progresses.

Category

Military & Veterans

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

None

None

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 5

Surgery and Rehabilitation

Horses that need rehabilitation, surgery and specialized care and training are the horses that many times “fall through the cracks.” These are horses less likely to receive help because of the high cost and need for expert skills in rehabilitation. Many of them have tremendous potential if given the chance.

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 6

Breed Ambassador Program

In our mission to create Thoroughbred Ambassadors which is a part of our work that is essential to helping many more retired racehorses find new lives when their careers end.
Getting Thoroughbreds back into the top tier of competition in disciplines like Eventing, Show Jumping, Dressage and Competitive Trail riding is key in giving this athletic breed an opportunity to shine. This creates a trickle down effect of the students of top trainers choosing the Thoroughbred as their choice for competition. They receive the guidance in training and conditioning needed to win at every level of competition. Their success will spawn even more interest in the Thoroughbred as a competitive sport horse and family pets. Kimberly Godwin Clark rides and trains these horses in an effort to evaluate and then rehome them into the best possible hands. This work has paid off for these lovely horses.

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$60,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Goal I: Encourage a Thoroughbred racing industry that embraces Responsible Racehorse Retirement as a core principle.
    Goal II: Educate the horse public to value retired Thoroughbred racehorses for their potential as competitive and/or pleasure horses after the track, and understand effective retraining methodology.
    Goal III: Create breed ambassadors in each TPR Graduate by continuing to transition Thoroughbreds into new homes and teaching others to do so using the proven techniques of TPRs Retraining Program.
    Goal IV: Develop and maintain a sustainable financial situation for TPR, to create financial stability and ensure TPR can continue its mission in the future.
    Goal V: Initiate the Hero Horses Program to benefit both military service men and women.

    By accomplishing these core goals, we help countless retiring Thoroughbred racehorses and their owners and trainers. In addition, those who adopt these horses receive much needed support and information to create a successful partnership with the horse. In turn, each successful partnership will encourage others to consider a retired Thoroughbred racehorse as their next mount.

    The racing industry itself will benefit from practicing humane retirement for their retiring racers by attracting more fans. Fans will be able to "fall in love" with the main attraction of racing - the horses.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    TPR will work cooperatively with the racing industry to raise awareness of Responsible Racehorse Retirement and the options that exist for horses retiring from the track. We will encourage the racing industry to take action against those insiders who do not take responsibility for their horses upon retirement by encouraging policies that publicly decry such actions, including wholesale euthanasia and placing horses into unapproved homes which may lead to the slaughter pipeline. Educate those on the backstretch about the options available to retire their horses responsibly, including TPR and other organizations.

    We will work with the general and horse public to promote Retiring Racehorses as quality competitive and/or pleasure mounts through clinics, online videos, the online retraining manual, the DVD series and all Thoroughbred horse shows. Our graduates will showcase what horses can accomplish at different time points after retirement from racing.

    We will continue to transition retiring racehorses through TPRs Retraining Program. These horses go on to competitive homes at all levels, including several international level Eventers. Each TPR Graduate serves as an ambassador for all other retired racehorses and the TPR Retraining Program.

    We will work with upper level contacts in the disciplines of Eventing, Dressage, Hunters and Jumpers to place horses in upper level competitive homes, raising their visibility to prospective adopters and improving the overall perception of the breed. Organize the 2015 OTTB Clinic Series, including sessions on Maryland Racetracks and at Leighton Farm to give people the opportunity to watch TPRs Retraining Program techniques applies in a hands on environment.

    We will expand our work with other non-profit and charitable organizations. TPR is staffed entirely by volunteers, all money contributed goes directly to finance TPRs retraining, rehoming and educational work.

    Through positive advertising, social media and public appearances, we will increase our marketing presence to raise awareness of TPRs mission and activities and increase individual donations to TPR. Hold multiple fundraisers to benefit TPR, including the Maryland OTTB Charity Horse Show in the Spring and an open house day at Leighton Farm to invite the public to tour the facility, meet the horses, and expose more people to TPRs activities and goals. Continue to market and adopt out horses that complete TPRs Retraining Program, using their adoption fees to fund future horses' progress through the program.

    Initiate the Hero Horses Program so that it becomes its own sustainable program.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    TPR has expanded it's work significantly through retraining and offering these wonderful horses at increased adoption fees. All of the retraining is donated by TPR founder, Kimberly Clark. We have been fortunate to have the guidance of Olympic level trainers such as Elizabeth Madlener, Jim Wofford and David Loman, among others. TPR has also enjoyed support from Thoroughbred grantors and donations from the public.

    As the retraining program expands and we move more horses into the Upper Levels of various equine disciplines, so does our reputation and public image expand. This in turn makes our retiring racehorses more desirable so that we can rehome more horses into successful, safe futures. It also promotes the trainability and talent of retiring Thoroughbred racehorses, making them the choice of more upper level riders who then will share their expertise with Thoroughbreds with their students.

    Kimberly Clark, founder of TPR has written a comprehensive Retraining Manual already and receives requests for help in retraining retired racers from all over the world. This in itself has saved many horse/rider partnerships that were in trouble. We are now developing a DVD series based on the book and offering shorts on specific retraining principles on venues such as YouTube and Facebook.

    Our staff is all volunteer. Kimberly Clark donates her riding, and retraining skills as well as use of Leighton Farm to the charity. We have a solid volunteer base that contributes everything from farm help, riding skills, office work and marketing of TPR activities which have been a major factor in propelling TPR to the top of the Retired Racehorse Retirement Community.

    TPR has partnered with the creator of the Thoroughbred Celebration Shows to create The Maryland Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show. In addition, we work with Foxie G Foundation as well as Maryland and surrounding mid-Atlantic race tracks.

    Our Responsible Racehorse Retirement Awareness Campaign is being embraced by many within the racing and sport horse communities. We look forward to the future of this campaign.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    At TPR, we measure our success by the number of horses we transition, but more importantly by the quality of the home/partnership we facilitate between the horse and his new owner. Each successful partnership is an ambassador to the breed.

    When we expand our volunteer base with quality, committed individuals, it produces a strong and stable organization that is able to accomplish more.

    Each year we apply for and receive more grants, which is the fuel to increase the fire to eliminate the cruel and wasteful disposal of retiring Thoroughbred racehorses.

    TPR through the work of Leighton Farm successfully retrains and transitions an average of 35 retired racers per year. These horses are the best advertising for why equestrians should consider a Thoroughbred as their next performance horse.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The progress of TPR's graduates in their equine disciplines has catapulted TPR into the eye's of many of the top level riders and trainers across multiple equestrian disciplines. The successes of Rocky Times and Constant Star are just two of the countless success stories you will hear about TPR horses if you visit Mid-Atlantic horse shows and events.

    Our Responsible Racehorse Retirement Campaign is aimed at connecting the show and racing worlds. Many on both sides believe in this concept and we believe by wearing the RRR pin. To date we have not been able to encourage the Maryland racing industry as a whole to embrace support for responsible retirement of her ex-racers. While there is movement in that direction at present, there is minimal support for a few organizations that assist retiring racers. This is far from an organized and effective retirement program for these horses, so that they may live long and productive lives after their race careers end.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Thoroughbred Placement Resources (TPR) has successfully found homes for horses all over the U.S. and Canada but primarily serves the mid-atlantic states. Our education efforts toward understanding and retraining retired racehorses have reached people all over the world.

Our Hero Horses Program for wounded warriors, veterans, active service and their families is based in Prince George's County Maryland which has the highest concentration of veterans in this state.

Additional Documents

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

Maryland has no retirement program for their retiring Thoroughbred racehorses.  This leaves the burden of placing thousands of ex-racer's on retirement organizations outside the racing industry.  This is a monumental task.  Consequently, we need funding for care and retraining of horses, fostering so we can get them out of harm's way, clinics and education for both the public and horsemen and expansion of facilities so we can help more horses.

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Leadership

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President

Kimberly Godwin Clark

Vice President

Elizabeth Madlener

BIO

Kimberly Clark is a graduate of Villa Julie college and has been involved in thoroughbred racing for over 25 years. She has been licensed as a trainer, owner and exercise rider. Kim lives on Leighton Farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland with her husband William Clark, where many Thoroughbreds are retrained and then transitioned to meaningful lives outside of racing. Kim has been helping fellow trainers and owners place retiring/retired racehorses for the past many years, but began to develop a program to do it in November 2007. Since then it has experienced incredible growth. This placement program created by horsemen for horsemen is extremely successful. The goal being to help as many horsemen and horses as possible. Kimberly is the founder and President of TPR, Inc

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc. focuses on three main areas of Thoroughbred aftercare. Those areas are:

Addressing the surgery and rehabilitation needs of Thoroughbred ex-racers.
Working with horses that have riding and training issues.
Creating breed ambassadors.

In addition to these key areas, we include America's Veterans, Wounded Warriors, Active Service and their families in the process of transitioning this wonderful breed to new lives when their race careers end through our Hero Horses Program.

There are the horses who retire from race careers and have been handled correctly. They leave racing intact both mentally and physically making it easy to transition to new careers but what about the others? There are many who need rehabilitation and/or specialized retraining due to physical or mental issues. There is also a growing number of horses who have fallen into the wrong hands – people not experienced or equipped to successfully retrain a horse off the track. Horses in need of surgery or rehabilitation and horses who have training problems are high risk areas for retired racehorses. Our organization has the unique skills to address them and turn "unwanted horses" into "most wanted horses". Consequently, TPR has these horses a priority when accepting horses into our retraining and rehabilitation program.

Each TPR Graduate serves as an ambassador for all other retired racehorses and the TPR Retraining Program. TPR looks for Retraining Program candidates that are athletic and possess conformation and temperament for sport. We work with upper level contacts in the disciplines of Eventing, Dressage, Hunters and Jumpers to place horses in upper level competitive homes, raising their visibility to prospective adopters and improving the overall perception of the breed.

In addition our Hero Horses Program offers American veterans the opportunity to be a part of a magical process. Studies have shown that horses help people but in this program they help these incredible horses. At the very same time they experience the inner peace that time with horses provides and a sense of hope as they aid the horses in finding a new future after their race career ends. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Christopher Lorence

Chris Lorence is executive vice president and chief marketing officer at the Independent Community Bankers of America® located in Washington, DC.

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
Yes
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
TPR volunteers are comprised of a diverse group of people with the common interest of wanting to help horses.