Visit the 2016 Zenyatta Celebration
Friday, November 4 — Sunday, November 13
Each Celebration Sticker purchased is a $20 donation to Thoroughbred Rehab Center (plus automatic entry to win an invitation to meet Zenyatta!)
The 2016 Zenyatta Celebration is in full swing, and we’re raising money for Thoroughbred Rehab Center, Inc. TBRCI is a non-profit Thoroughbred rehabilitation and adoption facility in Southern California run by founder and President Leigh Gray.
Year after year we choose to support Thoroughbred Rehab Center for their dedication to giving so many horses a chance at a second career. One of their greatest success stories, OTTB Blackfoot Mystery, represented the U.S. Eventing team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, placing 16th overall.
You, the fans who contribute each year, play a meaningful part in funding this organization. In 2014 we helped TBRCI purchase a new trailer.
Earlier this year Paulick Report profiled Leigh Gray and Thoroughbred Rehab Center. An excerpt is below. Read the full article here.
Since its inception, Gray estimates that Thoroughbred Rehab Center, Inc. has had 585 retired racehorses pass through its program. With Gray’s background and connections in the world of combined training, many of the program’s horses have enjoyed successful eventing careers, but Thoroughbred Rehab Center, Inc’s graduates have also gone on to be trail horses, hunter/jumpers, Western competitors and more.
“My role is to find the right horses for the right job,” explained Gray. “There are so many out there like [Blackfoot Mystery] that just need the right opportunity to show what they can really do. I’d love to see him make it to the World Equestrian Games or to the next Olympics.”
Before Blackfoot Mystery, Gray’s organization had transitioned another internationally recognized horse, a son of Cutlass Reality who competed in the World Cup Eventing qualifiers as Kipling with rider Lauren Whitlock.
“We transition 20 to 40 horses a year to non-racing homes. I’ve had people tell me ‘thank you for allowing me to adopt. I would never have been able to afford a horse like this.’ That’s what it’s all about – creating new value for these horses after they no longer have racing value.”
Join the Celebration! We have so much gratitude for everyone who contributes to this great cause.