The need to find homes for horses retiring off the race track is great. After The Homestretch-Arizona was formed to fill this niche. From the idea to the reality happened in a very short time span. We applied to the State of Arizona to become a non-profit corporation and received approval July 25, 2011. Our first Board meeting was held on August 25, 2011 and we immediately applied to the IRS for our 501(c)(3) status. Within three weeks we received our IRS Determination Letter (September 15, 2011). In October we began rescuing horses who had retired from the track.
OUR BOARD (☜ click to meet our Board Members)
To Protect the Legacy of Former Racehorses through Education, Reconditioning, Retraining, and Re-homing.
Our goal is to prepare our horses for new, adoptive homes. The majority of our horses have recently retired from the track, but we also have received horses from the AZ Dept of Agriculture and from persons who can no longer care for their ex-racehorse.
Since these horses were bred for athleticism, heart and intelligence they are still very athletic and are excelling in other disciplines. They just need a chance to find that second career and a new home … “after the homestretch.”
#1: To prepare our horses for new homes through rehabilitation and training.
#2: To find good, suitable adoptive homes for the horses.
#3: To educate the public about best practices for the care of horses.
#4: To build a good network of professionals for the after care and training of ex-racers.
OUR LONG TERM GOAL: For the non-profit to own its own facility to comfortably care for 20 to 24 horses in various stages (rest, rehab, training, ready for adoption), with stalls, turnouts, a riding arena, barn, tack room and a place for volunteers and a residence for 24-hour caretaker of the horses.
OUR PROGRAMS (☜ click) – Rehab/Reconditioning – Training – Adoptions – Volunteering – Education
– 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity
– AZ Corp non-profit file #16-956242
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