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Second Chance Thoroughbreds, Inc.

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Causes: Animal Services, Animals

Mission: Our mission is to provide further training for Off The Track Thoroughbreds in between their last run and their transition to safe and nurturing homes. Through educational outreach, we work to demonstrate to the public the versatility and trainability of the thoroughbred. We also host gelding clinics and adopt with a no breeding contract in order to combat overbreeding. Thoroughbreds are known for their athleticism, heart and desire to please. Ride an OTTB today!

Results: We have re-homed over 50 thoroughbreds into new homes and have 7-15 at our facility in various stages of retraining at any given time. Since becoming a nonprofit in October 2012, we have helped to geld 17 equines.

Target demographics: We help thoroughbreds find new homes and new careers as well as limiting overbreeding of horses!

Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year (2014) we placed 15 thoroughbreds into new homes after retiring from racing!

Geographic areas served: Spencer, NY

Programs: Biannual free/low cost gelding clinics open to all equine breeds, the Thoroughbred Jubilee Benefit Horse Show demonstrating the athleticism and potential for new careers for thoroughbreds outside of racing and year-round lessons and a summer riding program.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kait S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Second Chance Thoroughbreds is the absolute best. It's very professionally run and have a very kind and amazing staff that make everything run smoothly. They have a great eye for the nice horses but don't turn one away if it doesn't fit that perfect mold. They do a great job of retraining as well, all of the horses seem fat, healthy and happy!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I volunteer with Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds, Inc. and have for many years. Collette and Second Chance Thoroughbreds have worked hand in hand with our organization, often providing a soft landing spot for some of our most at-risk Thoroughbreds. She goes above and beyond when it comes to OTTB's and other horses in need in central New York. She works tirelessly to promote, foster, and find homes for horses in need. I am grateful not only for the wonderful, professional relationship that has developed between our two organizations, but also for her work at holding "Gelding Clinics" to reduce the number of unwanted horses. I have complete confidence in her organization, and I am not only a fan, I am a doner as well. I know my dollars will be used to further the cause of needy horses in our community!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with humane education and rescue work for many years, and as a horsewoman and the owner of a Thoroughbred (last raced in 1992!) I have a passionate interest in the ethical treatment of these incredible horses. Collette and her team are well respected in the horse community for the great work that they do, so I was thrilled when they decided to take their private efforts to the public and form Second Chance Thoroughbreds as a non-profit.

I have had the opportunity to not only see the impressive work they do rehabilitating and retraining the horses they bring into the program, but to offer support for their efforts through shared business experiences, networking and yes, donor support. Unlike many programs who stockpile horses, Collette and her team are out there each day working with the horses, training, networking and improving their chances for a fantastic second career. By bringing the horses to large local shows and fairs they are not only expanding the talents of the horse, but showcasing the horse in the best possible way. Ask yourself where you would expect to see an organization like this? That's right! At horse shows where advanced competitors, and prospective owners will be!

This is a quality organization full of passionately dedicated horsepeople who have one common goal...successful second careers and wonderful homes for some very special horses. I know that when the time comes for me to consider my next lifetime horse, it will be a retired Thoroughbred race horse from Second Chance Thoroughbreds!


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Collette, Shannon, Skye, and the rest of the volunteers at Second Chance Thoroughbreds truly believe in their work. They really would like to save every OTTB (and other horses) if they had enough resources. They stay on top of the local horse rescue activity, network with others to try to help as many as they can. Knowledgeable horse people with BIG, BIG hearts. The Second Chance crew do amazing work, stand behind their adoptions and are a valueable asset to local horses in need!