We plan to ride to win, and if we don’t, that’s okay. But Stop deserves the best. We kindly ask you for your donation to help cover farrier bills, transportation, massage, PEMF therapy, show costs, entry fees, and a...
“Cannot Stop” (Stop), a 5 y/o, NY bred, grey gelding, has a big job ahead of him, and a long story that trails behind. As just one of hundreds or thousands of off-track thoroughbreds needing a “job” or a home after their racing careers are over, he truly lives up to his name, and will be competing at the Retired Racehorse Project Makeover in Lexington Kentucky in October, 2018. He will carry four different riders through the team sector of this competition, which is designed to showcase the off-track thoroughbred’s versatility and purpose once their racing careers come to an end. Thoroughbred race horses are reviving from an epidemic that otherwise sent many of them to slaughterhouses, or to some other unhappy ending.
Our team horse, Stop, is a brave animal with a lot of heart. He raced stateside until July 2017, then traveled to Puerto Rico ahead of Hurricane Maria. He experienced flying debris, and the powerful winds that took off the roofs of the barns, and, following the hurricanes as a survivor, got right back into the starting gate as racing resumed, racing last in January of 2018. He raced 24 times, with lifetime earnings of more than $15,000, and changed hands throughout his entire racing career. Although he was then retired from racing, he cannot stop. He will not.
Stop was taken under the wing of Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare (CTA) upon his racing retirement. This organization has focused on helping horses impacted during the hurricanes and were aware that Stop’s sire (his dad), Alphabet Soup, had won the Breeder’s Cup, a major race, in 1996. Through racing connections with Alphabet Soup, the CTA quickly received a grant from “After the Finish Line” for quarantine and a flight to Miami for this special horse. Stop arrived at the Miami International Airport in February. He traveled from Miami to Ocala, then from Ocala to the Florida-Georgia border where his journey was paused due to a paperwork technicality. Finally, in March, Stop traveled to Virginia for a brief layover, and finally “home” to New York at Second Chance Thoroughbreds, Inc. Stop enjoyed some “vacation time” before arriving at his final destination, Hunter Landing Equestrian in Central New York to become our team horse for the makeover.
As was his way with everyone that has come into contact with Stop along his journey, every team member has fallen for his confident, gentle personality and his hardworking, loveable spirit. He has taken to his new job, jumping every obstacle put in his way, both figuratively and literally, and has truly found his calling.
Stop has now traveled off-farm to a few shows and for a bit of trail riding in his short five-month window to become transformed from racehorse to show jumping competitor, from hurricane survivor to our most valuable team player. Accompanying Stop to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, will be youth team members Kendyl and Kassidy Allen, as well as seasoned riders Heather Moore and Kelly Lasher, who bring nearly 60 years combined riding and training experience.
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