January 1, 2013

CONTACT: Kim Smith at (502) 807-6069, or e-mail


CRESTWOOD, Ky. — Second Stride Inc. has received a $5,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to pay for the installation of a run in shelter for the horses at the program’s Henry County location.

This farm is part of the d recently acquired 103-acre Henry County location, which will help the program take in more horses and ensure a safe and quiet environment for their transition from the track into a new career. Second Stride also has a location in Prospect Kentucky.

“This is the third grant we have received from the ASPCA and we are honored to again have their support,” said Kim Smith, president of Second Stride. “Having safe shelter for the horses at the Henry County facility will enable us to utilize our current barn for emergency hay storage and also provide for more horses to utilize the facility. Providing them with the best possible care of a safe shelter from the wind, sun, rain, sleet and snow.”

The construction work on the shelter was performed by local contractor Roger Gaddie of Gaddie Construction.

Second Stride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing professional rehabilitation, retraining and placement of retired thoroughbred racehorses with a goal of ensuring healthy and productive lives after the track. The program specializes in giving retired thoroughbreds the proper care and quality training they need to succeed in something new.

Former Second Stride horses are now competing in dressage, eventing and polo, working as search and rescue horses, ranch cutting horses and lesson horses or serving as trail or pleasure horses.

Since its inception in 2005, Second Stride has placed more than 450 horses in new homes. In the opening months of 2013, 8 horses have already been placed so far. In addition to helping those horses, many people have benefited by having a great new companion.

Efforts are made to ensure a Second Stride horse and its new owner are a good match, and the owner’s intended use for the horse suits its health and capabilities. Adopters are thoroughly screened, and Second Stride follows up on horses’ progress to ensure they are continuing to receive quality care.

Second Stride also works with groups such as Pony Club and racehorse owners and trainers to educate people about the needs of retired racehorses. Program horses also have competed in shows while in retraining and appeared at other events to showcase the potential of retired racehorses.

Second Stride relies on donations to continue its work. Now more than ever, it is important for racehorses to have a place to go after the track. The thoroughbred racing industry is in the midst of sweeping safety and integrity reforms which include improved post-racing care for retired horses.

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Second Stride follows the American Association of Equine Practitioners guidelines on ethical care for horses.


Second Stride Inc. Board of Directors: Kim Smith, founder & executive director; Kathy Stim, vice president; Laura Forbes CPA, ESQ, treasurer; Jean Amick, secretary; and Joan Thompson.