Every year thousands of Thoroughbred racehorses retire from the track. Some find their way to successful new homes but many are stuck with little or no new options. OTTB restarting has been a passion of Kate's for many years. In 2014, MVEC started a program called Fresh Start in order to provide an avenue for some of these horses (EA, Laila, Enormiso & Brown Feather) to begin new careers. OTTB's are easy to come by but can be difficult to train if left in the wrong hands. The Fresh Start program is dedicated to helping potential and new OTTB owners to get on the right track with their new projects. The program focuses on consistent, patience training for the horse along with proper education of OTTB owners. MVEC's training program is dedicated to continued education, so we offer training for all levels of OTTBs.
We have many success stories, please contact Kate today if you are interested in finding yourself an OTTB, whether its straight from the track or if you need help continuing your horse's training.
Moose is the newest addition to the Fresh Start Program. At 17h tall, 5 years old, and a relative of the most infamous MVEC thoroughbred, Airborne, I am very excited for his future. Moose will be getting a chance to "let-down" before his retraining will begin.
Jack is a graduate of the MVEC Fresh Start Program. He came to MVEC straight from the track where he was introduced to his new riding career. Owned by Molly Fabrizio, Jack currently competes at the Novice level of eventing while schooling Training level. He has also been successfully schooling first level dressage. Molly and Jack just recently won our annual high jump competition.
Otto is perhaps the "poster child" for the MVEC Fresh Start Program. He came to us as a leggy three year old and has been in our training program ever since. At 17.2hh tall now, he is the tallest OTTB around but also one of the gentlest. Otto has become a valuable asset in the lesson and lease program. His quiet, easy ride-ability makes him a favorite with all riders. He successfully competes at the Beginner Novice level of eventing and is schooling first level dressage. He absolutely loves to trail ride and hunter pace.
Trouble certainly earned his name in more ways than one as he progressed through the Fresh Start Program. With a fiery spirit, he has proven to be a force to be reckoned with and has successfully been competing in Training Level with his owner Alexa Duncan. It is exciting to watch this talented pair continue down the path to success in their new Aiken home!
Another tall OTTB, Naoise is a gentle giant who completed the MVEC Fresh Start Program after some let- down time from the track. He is a talented and forgiving horse that was an absolute pleasure to work with. His funny antics and big heart made him a great addition to the program. Best wishes to the Daly family with their big guy!
Maggie was adopted by Jen and was successfully re-started through the MVEC Program. Maggie is a sweet natured horse with a big heart. Jen and Maggie completed their first schooling dressage show together. MVEC wishes them continued success in their partnership together!