Animal related


The Thoroughbred, America's Sporthorse

Upper Marlboro, MD


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.

Ruling Year



Kimberly Godwin Clark

Vice President

Patricia Hechter

Main Address

13130 Molly Berry Rd

Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 USA


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





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Most Thoroughbred racehorses retire before the age of 5. They have their entire lives ahead of them if they receive the retraining they need to be successful in a new career. We take as many of these horses as possible and rehabilitate and correctly retrain them so they can represent the amazing potential of the retired Thoroughbred racehorse. There is a steady stream of horses being bred to race so they just keep coming. Many people who choose to take a retired racehorse into their lives need education and support in order to make it work. We also provide clinics, education and consultation to help them succeed.

Our programs

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Clinic Series for Retraining Racehorses

Retraining Ex-Racers for New Careers

Surgery and Rehabilitation

Breed Ambassador Program

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Awards & Accreditations

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA)




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TPR volunteers are comprised of a diverse group of people with the common interest of wanting to help horses.