volunteer to work with Second Stride
SECOND STRIDE IS AN ALL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM, from our groomers to our board members and management team. We strive to be a first rate quality program that is fiscally responsible. Our funding goes straight to the care of our horses. We welcome our adopters and donors to visit our facilities at any time.
SEPTEMBER, 2012: Thank-you to the volunteer riders who expertly showed adoptable horses to visitors at our annual Labor Day Open House, September 1, 2012
SEPTEMBER, 2012: Thanks again to Second Stride volunteers Maggie and Laurel who manned a booth and talked to visitors about our program at the Turfway Park fall racing meet!
MAY, 2012: Thank-you to volunteer "John" who is pictured here working hard at our Pleasureville, Kentucky location.
MAY, 2012: We'd like to recognize Second Stride volunteer Rachel Meffert who has been working with the horses at our Henry County facility. Here she is pictured with "Pat A." Rachel is also our "New Rider Orient-er", helping orient other volunteer riders.
APRIL, 2012: MANY THANKS to Zach Whiteman, Zach Wheeler, Alex Betson, Jaylen Henry and Bryce Webb from North Oldham who painted and spruced up our jumps! They volunteered as part of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's "Give A Day Service Initiative" in partnership with Metro United Way.
Many thanks to Second Stride volunteers who manned a booth and talked to visitors about our program at the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes day at Turfway Park, March 24, 2012 in Florence, Kentucky.
Second Stride adoptable thoroughbred Smack Daddy with volunteer Carly Giarruso at Moserwood Farm in Prospect. photo by Clay Pullen
Invaluable volunteer Laurel Hall and her Mom Maggie worked with Grand Stage, teaching him ground poles and cross rails, December 2011.
We would like to recognize local volunteer Kate Olson. She is helping Second Stride by setting up a virtual stable for tracking adopted horses to make sure they do not ever show up in any future race entries. It is vitally important to demonstrate to both donors and adopters that we are serious about the terms of the adoption contract. Computer work is a way that volunteers can help Second Stride from any location.
Volunteers Jim Hyatt (left) and Toni Hindall (right) with prospective adopters looking over horses as they are groomed and prepared for their first rides since retiring from the track and entering the Second Stride program.
Volunteer Kelsey Fletcher grooming "Crown Spirit"
Volunteer Kelsey Fletcher riding "Crown Spirit"
Volunteer Erin Fletcher tacking up "Design on a Dime" with help from Second Stride vice president Kathy Stim
Volunteer Erin Fletcher riding "Design on a Dime"
Volunteers Bailey Jensen grooming "Marco Blanco", Erin Buttigieg and Claire Jensen grooming "Fools' Rules"
Volunteer Bailey Jensen riding "Marco Blanco"
Volunteer Claire Jensen riding "Crown Spirit"
Volunteer Megan Polack of Canada started re-training and helped arrange the adoptions of several Second Stride horses while she was temporarily in our area for an internship with John Kenyon American Eye Institute. We were blessed to have this patient, giving and talented rider as part of our team during the summer of 2010, and hope we'll see her again after she finishes school.
Thoroughbred gelding "Wood Be Me" with regular volunteers Jason Plumer and Alex Chaconas. Please visit Alex's blog >>
Volunteer Amy Seiler, pictured here with "Manchester", handles the Second Stride FACEBOOK and TWITTER pages, a huge investment of time and effort. And if that isn't enough, Amy also helps out at fundraising events and gives hands-on attention to Second Stride horses as needed. We can't thank her enough!
Thoroughbred mare "Lily", pictured left, had the attention of volunteers Maggie Hall-Gates and her daughter Laurel, who rode and trained her prior to her adoption, summer 2010.
Maggie helps with adoption applications and approvals as well as meeting potential adopters and showing them horses at our Prospect farm. Laurel helps us in the grooming and riding department. She routinely rides Second Stride horses in clinics and lessons to help further their experience and training.
Laurel rode "Manofmotion" in a clinic with Susan Posner, April 2011.
We would like to recognize Kathy Stim, a current Second Stride board member and tireless volunteer. Kathy works effortlessly during the horse adoption process, including processing of applications, adoption approvals and also everyday care of the horses. She has helped implement essential computer technology that has streamlined the adoption process. We can't thank her enough for her work with Second Stride.