EVENT DATE: Oct 12, 2013
Hundreds of thousands of people run marathons every year, but only a tiny percentage of those ever have a hope to win one.
Likewise, some 20,000 Thoroughbreds are born in the U.S. each year -- but only a tiny percentage will be superstars on the racetrack, and only ONE of those is going to win the Kentucky Derby. The rest of those thousands of horses are still amazing creatures and phenomenal athletes, even though they might not be the absolute fastest things on four legs.
The majority of Thoroughbreds need a "Plan B" when their racing careers conclude, and that's where groups like CANTER Mid Atlantic serve a literally life-saving role. They help network horses that are coming off the track with riders in other sports -- everyone from Olympic athletes to weekend trail riders. They also do a wonderful job of promoting these horses as athletic partners and companions, combating the "crazy Thoroughbred" stereotype that has unfairly plagued them for years.
As the owner of a former racehorse myself, this is an endeavor that is very close to my heart, and I'm glad groups like CANTER MA exist to help horses like my Chief find new jobs. Thoroughbreds are amazing athletes, hard-working partners, and wonderful friends. You can watch the short YouTube video about CANTER MA that's linked to this page to see more about what they do.
When I decided to take the plunge and sign up for the Baltimore Marathon this year, part of the motivation was to run for a cause. So help give me a little extra motivation as I'm pounding the streets of Charm City during my training this summer, and throw a few bucks CANTER MA's way. All donations go straight to CANTER MA and are tax-deductible. The Thoroughbreds thank you!