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First I would like to introduce myself. My family and I are first time owners of a Standardbred horse. His name is Bet Howie O. (2DC20) He is the most amazing horse. We adopted him from the Standardbred Retirement Foundation about 3 months ago. We researched his information, contacted previous owners and trainers to find his history all through the use of his freeze brand. In fact, the only reason he was rescued and saved from slaughter is because of this brand. The brand was spotted in the kill pen pipeline and he was pulled. His previous owners and trainers were contacted and he was saved.   No one is going to jump into a pen of scared horses and scan a microchip. No one will ID the standardbreds in pens full of horses heading off to be slaughtered. Freeze brands are the way they are IDed and saved. The freeze brand is a major source of conversation to anyone who sees our horse and to us it is a badge of honor. People always ask where did he come from? Why does he have it? What does it mean? It helps us to further educate people on the amazing horses standardbreds are.   You do a disservice to the industry. owners, trainers, and these wonderful creatures by eliminating the freeze brand. You are just ensuring that more of them will end up dead and less will live out their lives as pleasure horses and show horses. You also do a major disservice to those of us who have fallen in love with the breed and are looking to own more standardbred horses in the future.   We would know as much about our horse as we do now if it were not for the freeze brand. Foaled at Purple Haze. Sold as a yearling for $27,000. Raced and owned at one time by the Okuskos and John Hogan. Winner of $26000+ during his career. Retired sound. Given away after a divorce by his last race owner. Ended up with the Amish. Had road shoes left on too long and as a result of hoof issues was sold to be slaughtered. His father is Bettors Delight. He has several Multi Million dollar winners in his bloodlines.   We have had amazing conversations with his previous owners and trainers. We have collected race photos and even one of his halters with his name on it he wore while he was racing.   Don't eliminate the freeze branding of these horses. It is a badge of honor, a way to educate people, and for some of these horses it is their last hope.   Bet Howie O has become a part of our family. He is loved by our 12yr old daughter Grace who has been riding for 6yrs. Howie is going to become her show horse in English WTC and some Jumping. He is doing amazing after only a few short months with us. I have attached some before and after pictures for you to see the progress he has made.   We have also recently become USTA members and now the official registered owners of Bet Howie O.   Thank You   Philip and Janice Lathroum Linthicum, MD  

Cream Ridge, NJ - Spring green means grass for the horses and golf for its supporters at the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF), and this year June 1st is the day to tee off! Wow, it's twenty-eight years of hitting golf balls to raise funds to feed and care for the 440 trotters and pacers under SRF's expense, and the private and beautiful Battleground Country Club in Manalapan, NJ is the place to do it.   This year has the most exciting opportunities for golfers, sponsors, and everyone who will be joining in on the fun. There is a putter or driver for every golfer, and now 2 lucky golfers will have an opportunity to win the Million Dollar Shot/Hole in One. The door prize is a set of Callaway Golf Clubs, and there are several more opportunities to win big with more holes set for a hole-in-one shot such as $10,000 in cash, a 50" 4k ultra HD Smart TV, a Golf Trip of a lifetime, valued at $5,000, and much more.   Sponsorship levels are tax-deductible ranging from $500 to $10,000 and offer a very generous media package that includes exposure to more than 8000 monthly website visitors at SRF. For non-golfers, cocktails and dinner are only $59. A Foursome is $860 before May 18th and $940 after; a Single golfer is $215 before May 18th and $235 after. Lunch and registration are from 11:30-12:45 pm, with a 1 pm Shotgun start; cocktails and a full buffet dinner are from 6-7:30 when golf prizes are awarded, the winner of the door prize is pulled, the new raffle is held, and more.   SRF features some of its online auction items at the Golf Outing for viewing. The online auction link can be found on the website AdoptaHorse.org from June 4th to June 7th. Items anticipated are Vegas trips; an Italian culinary cooking trip, yes, in Italy; a fishing trip to the Florida Keys; sporting event tickets; Veterinary services; rides in racetrack starting gate cars; hang out in the track announcer's booth; gift certificates, unique jewelry, harness racing art and memorabilia, and much more.   So, join us! Whether on the greens, online, sponsoring our event, or donating for our auction. A fun time is guaranteed for all. Need more information, contact SRF at 609-738-3255 or via email at SRFHorsesandkids@gmail.com. Sponsorship and registration for golf are below and also interactive through SRF’s website. All donations and sponsorships are tax-deductible.   SRF has been helping horses and kids through its award-winning programs since 1989. Whether your life is enriched by these horses as an owner, trainer, a veterinarian, or by providing services or products, please join us in giving them a chance to move off the track and on to a new life when their days on the oval come to an end.   SRF is different from any other organization. Its mission provides lifetime follow-up for its more than 3,000 adoptions, so no horse is ever at risk. Today 440 trotters and pacers are under SRF’s expense, support is very much needed and appreciated.   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation      

Cream Ridge, NJ - 4/25/2021- Standardbred Retirement Foundation, (SRF)annual online auction is a go for June 4- 7th!   In the past one could find anything from jewelry to golf trips, and SRF hopes it will be packed with a fabulous selection again. Donations are greatly appreciated, some ideas are sports memorabilia, theater tickets, art, racing items, golf packages, new riding tack, gift cards, fine wines, veterinary care, farrier services, whatever one's imagination can think of, is greatly appreciated.   If you wish to help but don't have an item, SRF can purchase one in your name and offer it on the auction, or bypass it all and help us feed these trotters and pacers with a tax-deductible donation at https://www.adoptahorse.org/. SRF is still trying to recover from all that Covid has caused with the struggle to raise funds to feed the horses and get them into good homes.   On June 4, 2021, the auction can be accessed through the website at https://www.adoptahorse.org   Donations may be shipped to SRF, 42 Arneytown-Hornerstown Rd., Cream Ridge, NJ 08514. Gifts are tax-deductible. For questions please contact Tammy at: (609) 738-3255, SRFhorsesandkids@gmail.coml.   SRF presently has 423 trotters and pacers under its expense and care. With the annual social fundraisers canceled due to the pandemic, SRF is in great need of help, donations to feed the horses. Your generous support is greatly appreciated. Gifts are tax-deductible.   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation

Cream Ridge, NJ 4/05/2021 - All 43 horses are diverted to safety! "Kindness is so powerful," shared Judy Bokman, the Director of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. "We are so grateful to everyone who gave these horses another chance at life."   Identifying each horse in the pen through tag numbers; determining their needs; locating outside quarantine and transportation takes a bit of time and work.    SRF hopes this effort speaks to those in racing who can address, with sincerity, the problem of the plight of these horses. Having charities take on this responsibility is not the solution, it may be the death of racing. Greyhound dogs were diverted to charities. Greyhound racing is about extinct.   Please email SRFHorsesandkids@gmail.com for questions and to offer help, or call. Telephone 609-738-3255 Donations are tax-deductible and may be made through. Sponsorship, and adoption application information is provided here. https://www.adoptahorse.org/application-forms   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation  

Cream Ridge, NJ - The Standardbreds on the manifest to ship for slaughter have one less day to get to safety. The Standardbred Retirement Foundation, (SRF) was told that once the 'kill pen" owners draw blood to have a Coggins test done, they will not take any horses off the manifest. The pens are so full they are likely not willing to go back in and search for any particular horses. The deadline now is Monday, April 5, 2021 at 2 PM.   There are 16 still in great need of homes, fosters, and tax-deductible donations. Of them stands Zoom On Romeo who earned $120,000. This gentle gelding has legs that show the battles he has fought. There were several past owners on him and either all were not reached or none are helping him. This horse may need a place to live his life out with some dignity.   In addition to the list below, 6 are going to foster homes and will need permanent ones at some point, and 2 others have donations, but no homes. Past owners from as far as Australia are trying to help a couple of these desperate animals. They are so disturbed by the plight of these horses and said they never would have sold them to the states, had they known.   Most of these trotters and pacers raced, several served as broodmares and then spent their lives, like other Standardbreds, in the rural areas as work horses. There the care is usually lacking to a great degree, then they are sold and find themselves in this dire situation, used up as race horses, broodmares, and then as work horses.   SRF is facilitating home offers, fosters, and whatever it takes to get them safe.   Many of these horses are very hungry, emaciated, stoic. Some have old racing injuries, and others are suffering from overuse on the roads, plowing, and logging in the rural areas. With some food and good care, and a chance to rehabilitate, these horses, likely already under saddle, make wonderful riding horses, and companions. Information on their complete condition and experience is not information SRF is provided by the pens. Updates change quickly and are difficult to compile among the staff and volunteers who are working around the clock and remotely to help these horses.   Adding to the difficulty in helping these horses, the United States Trotting Association, (USTA) has moved to microchips to replace freeze brands. This will make it very difficult to identify future horses in these pens when they are tagged to ship to slaughter. This concerning issue had been presented to the USTA on first consideration of this change. It has been brought to their attention by many members and the general public since.   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation  

Cream Ridge, NJ - It's slow, but some of the 43 Standardbreds on the manifest to ship for slaughter on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 have been moved from the kill pen, reports the staff at the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, (SRF).   The mare in foal is heading to an experienced home in Georgia to foal her baby. This wonderful home also opened her farm to 2 more in need. Six others fortunately have very kind foster homes, and several were bought directly from the kill pen.   Most of these trotters and pacers raced, several served as broodmares and then spent their lives, like other Standardbreds, in the rural areas as work horses. There the care is usually lacking to a great degree, then they are sold and find themselves in this dire situation, used up as race horses, broodmares, and then as work horses. "There is no one to help these vulnerable animals," says Tammy Cailliau, staff at SRF. "The ASPCA, and Harness Racing will not provide any assistance for horses tagged for slaughter, yet these are the animals in most need. To have a charity do this work is outrageous, this should be the job of Harness Racing."   What these horses need to be kept from slaughter: homes; foster homes; tax-deductible donations; help to reach out to past owners and breeders to take in their horse and help financially; help from other organizations with missions that align with SRF so these horses will not be at risk again; sponsors; your purchase of a horse directly from the kill pen-contact SRF for the information.   SRF is It is facilitating home offers, fosters, and whatever it takes to get them safe. The list is attached. Some prices are still not provided. We believe they are still weighing horses, as the pen is full.   Many of these horses are very hungry, emaciated, stoic. Some have old racing injuries, and others are suffering from overuse on the roads, plowing, and logging in the rural areas. With some food and good care, and a chance to rehabilitate, these horses, likely already under saddle, make wonderful riding horses, and companions. Information on their complete condition and experience is not information SRF is provided by the pens. Updates change quickly and are difficult to compile among the staff and volunteers who are working around the clock and remotely to help these horses.   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation    

Cream Ridge, NJ - The Standardbred Retirement Foundation, (SRF) is pleading for help for 43 Standardbreds tagged and on the manifest to ship for slaughter on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.   There are several rich earners, Talktomecourage N who earned $611,000, Falcatraz $379,000, Wicked Style $330,000, Chevals Clivesdale $330,000. Together these horses earned nearly $2,000,000. Fortunately, for Cheval, his past owners in Australia, and another American owner, learned of his plight and stepped right up, but this grand horse needs a home, just as the 42 others do. Falcatraz is in the opposite situation. All but one owner was reached, none are helping, however, kind people donated. He, too, needs a home.   The vast majority are in the kill pen in Shippensburg, PA. These trotters and pacers are being weighed today to start their process. One mare is in foal, she needs a home with the experience to bring her baby into the world. Every one of these horses needs a home and donations to remove their name from the shipping manifest. The pen has not released the prices for each of the horses just yet, but it is expected that the average will be $850 each. There are a couple of horses with partial donations. (This information changes quickly and is difficult to compile among the staff and volunteers. Updates can be provided by contacting SRF.)   What these horses need: homes; foster homes; tax-deductible donations; help to reach out to past owners and breeders to take in their horse and help financially; help from other organizations with missions that align with SRF so these horses will not be at risk again; sponsors; your purchase of a horse directly from the kill pen-contact SRF for the information.   SRF is still unable to take in more horses, no quarantine farms are available, and no funds for their care. It is facilitating home offers, fosters, and whatever it takes to get them safe. No help can be expected from the United States Trotting Association, (USTA) or their Standardbred Transition Alliance as they have noted that they will not support organizations helping Standardbreds tagged for slaughter. These horses once again are depending on kind people to help them.   In November and December of 2020, SRF helped more than 100 in the same situation. They all had homes committed and sponsors, yet 18 are now under SRF's care and expense. Their home offers fell through, and sponsorships have ended. This situation along with the challenging financial times, due to Covid, continues to plague the 32 year old non-profit.   Many of these horses are very hungry, emaciated, stoic. Some have old racing injuries, and others are suffering from overuse on the roads, plowing, and logging in the rural areas. With some food and good care, and a chance to rehabilitate, these horses, likely already under saddle, make wonderful riding horses, and companions. Information on their complete condition and experience is not information SRF is provided by the pens.   Please email SRFHorsesandkids@gmail.com for questions and to offer help, call, or message the SRF's FaceBook page. There are two SRF FaceBook pages. Standardbred Retirement Foundation/SOSS FaceBook page is managing this and messages there are received more quickly right now. Standardbred Retirement Foundation- AdoptaHorse.org is the second FaceBook page that may be used for messages. From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation    

Cream Ridge, NJ - 3/23/2021 - It has been more than a year of struggling without fundraisers to feed the more than 400 trotters and pacers at the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF). Finally, one is on the calendar, SRF's 28th Annual Golf Outing!   We don't know of anyone who isn't absolutely excited to resume some fun, and SRF will be ready to deliver it on June 1, 2021. Once again, this year, the Meadowlands Racetrack is the event's Presenting Sponsor, and the course is as fabulous as ever, the private Battleground Country Club in Manalapan, NJ.   There is a putter or driver for every golfer, and The Million Dollar Shot now offers three golfers the chance to each take home that bundle of green. A $10,000 Hole-in-One is also an opportunity waiting on a winner!   Sponsorships are tax-deductible, ranging from $500 to $5,000, or any choice a supporter would like. All levels include a very generous media package and exposure to more than 10,000 monthly website visitors to SRF.   An intoxicating day outside awaits. It starts with registration and lunch on the patio from 11:30 to 12:45 PM, with a 1 PM Shotgun start. Cocktails and a full buffet dinner are from 6 to 7:30 PM where golf prizes will be awarded, as well as the door prize, silent auction, and more. A foursome is $860 if paid before May 18, 2021, and $940 after; a single golfer is $215 before May 18, 2021, and $235 after. For non-golfers, cocktails and dinner are only $59 per person.   Many items for SRF's annual online auction will be on display during cocktails and dinner. The auction link will be available on the website AdoptaHorse.org, from June 4th to June 7, 2021. Items anticipated are Vegas trips; an Italian culinary cooking trip, yes, in Italy; a fishing trip to the Florida Keys; sporting event tickets; Veterinary services; rides in racetrack starting gate cars; hang out in the track announcer's booth; gift certificates, unique jewelry, harness racing art and memorabilia, and much more.   To be a sponsor, a player, or donate to our auction and raffle, contact Tammy at SRF 609-738-3255 or via email at SRFHorsesandkids@gmail.com. Gifts, auction donations, and sponsorship are tax-deductible.   SRF has been helping horses and kids through its award-winning programs since 1989. Whether your life is enriched by these horses as an owner, trainer, a veterinarian, or by providing services or products, please join us in giving them a chance to move off the track and on to a new life when their days on the oval come to an end.   SRF is different from any other organization. Its mission provides lifetime follow-up for its more than 4,000 adoptions, so no horse is ever at risk, and today nearly 400 trotters and pacers are under SRF’s expense. Your support is very much appreciated and needed.   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation  

Cream Ridge, NJ - 3/18/2020- The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's, (SRF) Annual ONLINE AUCTION is gearing up for June 4-7, 2021.   Fabulous donations to date include harness racing and equine artwork, jewelry, unique pieces such as bronzes, win trophies, rare books, vacation offers, gift cards, very unique and fun items and so much more.   Please donate and share the need so others will also support this fundraiser; it will help the more than 400 trotters and pacers live their lives out with dignity. SRF will provide information on bidding in early May.   Covid is far from over at SRF. Last year was a struggle that still continues. You support is greatly appreciated. Gifts are tax-deductible.   To donate items: Kindly mail to SRF, 42 Arneytown-Hornerstown Rd., Cream Ridge, NJ 08514 and / or contact Mary Beth or Tammy at SRF at 609-738-3255.SRFhorsesandkids@gmail.com. https://www.adoptahorse.org/   SRF presently has 427 trotters and pacers under its expense and care. Your generous support is greatly appreciated. Gifts are tax-deductible.   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation  

Cream Ridge, NJ - 3/7/2021 - Half the staff at the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, (SRF) are being tested for Covid-19 and are in quarantine. Other staff members are filling in as much as possible. They ask for your patience if messages are slow to be returned and thank you for understanding. For more information, visit their website at https://www.adoptahorse.org From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation

Cream Ridge, NJ - 2/12/2021- Standardbred Retirement Foundation, (SRF) must count on new ways to keep the more than 400 Standardbreds fed while the pandemic continues to keep social fundraisers off the calendar. One new and exciting way to keep safe and do what one loves, while helping, is through SRF's "Saddles N Sneakers, Strides to Save a Horse" virtual event. SRF seeks creative designs for this exciting and popular fundraiser.   Design request: SRF is asking for submissions for the design of the event's medal and ribbon, t-shirt and sweatshirt.   Event details: For the month of May, participants joining the "Strides to Save a Horse" can ride, run, walk, enjoy a sport, and even hug a horse to join in the effort. It is virtual, one can log their hours online or in pencil, earn badges, and get a "Saddles N Sneakers" medal, t-shirt, and sweatshirt just for signing on.   Designs requirements: the medal, and ribbon design can be straight-forward, comical, or both; it must read Saddles N Sneakers, AdoptaHorse.org medal material is cast iron; everything can be in any colors of your choice; the primary focus is a horse's head or body; it is best to include a sneaker, you may also include other commonly used horse items; the inclusion of sports is also optional; medal size is preferably 2-2.5"; ribbon design is preferably 1.5 wide. each side of the medal can be of a different design or not, but the backside must include Standardbred Retirement Foundation since 1989; Strides to Save a Horse; programs best to use are Photoshop; Illustrator; InDesign; Frsco; Clip Studio; Paint Tools, Corel Painter, Procreate; Paintstorm Studio; GIMP2; MediBangPaint Pro; ibisPaint; Krita of any popular digital program; Submission deadline is February 28th, 2021. Submissions should be through a photo first to SRFdirector@gmail.com, so a popular vote can choose the winner! It will need to be followed by the digital submission.   SRF is happy to include recognition for the winning design! (Registration for the event will open mid-April, check SRF's website for more updates.) For questions please contact Marybeth at (609) 738-3255 or email SRFdirector@gmail.com   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation

"The four left behind found friends in high places, places where there are warm hearts," says the harness racing Standardbred Retirement Foundation, (SRF).   These guys are being picked up now Not My Man, Jessido, Goldie's Tune, Rhapwiththestars. They will need homes, that hasn't changed, but for now they are safe from the horrors of slaughter.   Photos are not available, as pick up is being arranged now, but here are Danny's Glory and Hackberry's Roy in their foster homes, they are two from this group. They are exhausted.   The lives of these horses fall solely on caring people; SRF puts this kindness into play. Everyone who helped can share together in this comforting result. The next effort for SRF is finding adoptive homes for those in foster care or being boarded with sponsorship support. To offer a home, or a foster home please fill out the application at https: //www.adoptahorse.org/application-forms   For SRF, it isn't over yet. It's never over because SRF will do all it can to make sure every one of these horses will never be at risk again. That is the next monumental task in line, certainly a very important one.   It's disgraceful that an industry of such size does not address this cruel issue. The race horse business model does not work with the action of cruelty to animals as the "by-product". When racing was a fun Sunday sport and the streets were named Race Street, for that reason, and horses went back to their homes the same day, it may have worked. But the greed now doesn't. The few people who love the sport and the horses, are way too few.   DONATE HERE   About Standardbred Retirement Foundation   Standardbred Retirement Foundation provides human care and services for horse in need of lifetime homes, and in crisis, through rehabilitation, training, adoption, life-long follow--up or life time sanctuary and offering therapeutic equine opportunities for children and adults.   Tammy Cailliau  

"No one has yet to offer a home or foster home to the last four harness racing Standardbreds left behind " says Standardbred Retirement Foundation, (SRF).   Each one has been paid for and has quarantine funds, thanks to wonderful people. They must get out by tomorrow. Their time is up.   They are Begging for Sponsorship or Donations:   Not My Man, Jessido, Goldie's Tune, Rhapwiththestars (who has one month of sponsorship so far).   The expense for each horse is $350 per month.   Please donate to help on the button below or fill out a sponsor form is here; https://www.adoptahorse.org/lifelong-residents.   We will know the moment you fill this out, or please email to tell us so we can move quickly to help each horse.   We anticipate six months to a year of sponsorship is needed.   SRF has 400 horses in need of homes, it will take time to find homes.   Thank you for helping them.   DONATE HERE TO HELP THESE HORSES   About Standardbred Retirement Foundation   Standardbred Retirement Foundation provides human care and services for horse in need of lifetime homes, and in crisis, through rehabilitation, training, adoption, life-long follow--up or life time sanctuary and offering therapeutic equine opportunities for children and adults.   Tammy Cailliau Phone: 609-738-3255 Email address: SRFHorsesandkids@gmail.com      

Cream Ridge, NJ - 12/24/2020 - Dave Fletcher received that surprising phone call from the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, (SRF) bringing him the good news. "Mr. Fletcher, you are the winner of the $5,000 prize,' shared Judy Bokman, SRF's Director. "You have to be kidding, I'm astonished! I never won anything like this in my life!" he responded.   Mr. Fletcher has been a good friend to SRF's horses over the years. He is a racing fan and still likes to bet on them in his retirement. He recalled days at the track, with the old Meadowlands being his favorite one. Keep reading!   Mr. Fletcher recently helped SRF take a special horse from the slaughter-line and get him to safety. He didn't own race horses, he may have just enjoyed the racing days of this particular one, the winner of $184,000, as the horse was 18 when he had helped him. Coincidentally, this gelding has the namesake of the town where Mr. Fletcher now resides in PA. Keep reading!   While the release was being written, Mr. Fletcher called back. He and his wife requested that $1,000 of the prize go to the two young ladies on staff who were the strength behind SRF during the height of the pandemic in spring. The farm owner of SRF's leased facility in NJ had closed the doors to potential adopters. SRF's Trainer and Adoption Director worked around this tough obstacle getting horses into foster care, and doing adoptions sight unseen, as SRF was frantic due fundraisers being cancelled indefinitely. "These two ladies are so deserving of this!" said Mrs. Bokman. "I look forward to letting them know, thank you so very much" The Fletchers went further with their kindness, "Give the remaining to the horses!" SRF is so very appreciative of such a generous gift!   The horses have been blessed with winners giving back, but of course it is not expected. The spirit of the holiday does magical things and a gift like this means so much!   A heartfelt thanks comes from all at SRF to the wonderful supporters of this important annual fundraiser, and to those who assisted by selling tickets on their own at the tracks, boarding barns, and to their family and friends.   From all the horses comes happy holiday wishes and all good things in 2021.   About Standardbred Retirement Foundation   DONATE TO SRF TODAY!   Standardbred Retirement Foundation, since 1989, provides humane care and services for horse in need of lifetime homes, and in crisis, through rehabilitation, training, adoption, life-long follow-up or life time sanctuary and offering therapeutic equine opportunities for children and adults.   Tammy Cailliau  

Cream Ridge, NJ - 12/22/2020 - Tomorrow, December 23, 2020, the drawing to win $5,000 will be held at 5:30 pm. Tickets can still be purchased by calling or emailing SRF.   The typical prize for this annual fundraising raffle is a trip to the Prix 'd Amerique race in Paris, France; or a trip to Disney. This year, with the pandemic concern, SRF chose to offer a $5,000 prize in a bank gift card.   To purcahse tickets for $25. each please call the office at (609) 738-3255 or email srfhorsesandkids@gmail.com   SRF thanks all of its supporters and wishes each good luck!   About Standardbred Retirement Foundation   DONATE TO SRF TODAY!   Standardbred Retirement Foundation, since 1989, provides humane care and services for horse in need of lifetime homes, and in crisis, through rehabilitation, training, adoption, life-long follow-up or life time sanctuary and offering therapeutic equine opportunities for children and adults.   Tammy Cailliau Phone: 609-738-3255 Email address: SRFHorsesandkids@gmail.com    

The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's effort, (SRF) with the help of so many wonderful people, has brought every one of the harness racing 71 trotters and pacers to safety!   A few updates are: the 2 year old with the oddly healed leg injury is headed to a home in Vermont; the aged mare is going to live out her last years in North Carolina; Windsong Gentile stole the heart of her foster home and will likely be adopted; Mr. Evergreen, who is emaciated and sick, will go back to his breeder; and Farmer Jones was helped by his past owner and is being adopted by his racing trainer. Eight horses still need homes; they have sponsors until homes are secured.   This battered and beaten down group of Standardbreds who have worked so hard for racing, and for some, then again for the rural communities, had a stroke of luck when the snow storm held off the truck to the Canadian slaughterhouses. That was immensely helpful as there wasn't much time to get them all safe before the original anticipated ship date of this past Tuesday. Those extra hours made it possible to help every trotter and pacer in the group from age 2 to a few in their late 20's.   So many people rallied to find homes, reached out to past owners and breeders to seek help, sought assistance from other organizations whose mission is very much like SRF's, and helped generously with donations. A few of those who helped are folks involved in racing who are appalled by the disregard for the welfare of these noble athletes by racing's decision makers. If racing thinks that this lack of consideration for these animals can be hidden in the 21st century, they might want to educate themselves on what happened to dog racing. Thoroughbred racing isn't much different, they use their aftercare program to shield themselves from much of the same.   To offer a home for any of the 8 please email, call or message the Face Book page. Email is SRFHorsesandkids@gmail.com.   There are two SRF FaceBook pages. Standardbred Retirement Foundation/SOSS Standardbred Retirement Foundation- AdoptaHorse.org   Telephone 609-738-3255   The horse shown above is Earl's Madness, a 20 year old gelding in his home. Earl is the cover of their holiday card this year. He was one helped from the last large group in need. Below are Windsong Gentile (L), D Dee's Cam (R). Below them are an aged mare from another recent rescue (L), and Straight And Wicked from the last group helped. All photos are from their loving homes!   DONATE HERE TO HELP THESE HORSES   About Standardbred Retirement Foundation   Standardbred Retirement Foundation provides human care and services for horse in need of lifetime homes, and in crisis, through rehabilitation, training, adoption, life-long follow--up or life time sanctuary and offering therapeutic equine opportunities for children and adults.     Tammy Cailliau Phone: 609-738-3255 Email address: SRFHorsesandkids@gmail.com      

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