Walnridge helping Standardbred Retirement
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The horses, tack, water troughs, hay, and grain, which has been donated all along by McCauley Bros. Feed Inc., along with Reynolds Hay and Straw, will be transported as a gift to SRF by a few very kind people, the folks at Princeton Equine Transport and Stern Farms of Cream Ridge, N.J. And if that isn't enough help, several other offers were also received, including one from the trainer of this year's Hambletonian winner, Linda Toscano.
A few of the travelers will be Motor City Smitty, All Hall and Classic Scent; collectively, the three retirees SRF is trying to find homes for have earnings exceeding $1.2 million.
Within a week of getting settled in, SRF anticipates having about 35 Standardbreds at Walnridge, eight new horses that have been held by patient owners during SRF's flux who wish to find their horses a new life and five horses being held by adopters who can no longer provide good care due to financial issues.
With those at Walnridge and others being boarded at other facilities, it will quickly bring the number of Standardbreds SRF will be providing care and management for up to 166. While every horse needs a home, 109 of the 166 are continually passed over by adopters due to age or injuries. Some are old campaigners, others broodmares, some just unable to withstand use in spite of youth on their side.
(Standardbred Retirement Foundation)