all in Aftercare

Imagine a community where those who do not fit the mold of society find solace; one where both people and horses who are undervalued come into their own and thrive. This place is summed up in three words—Square Peg Foundation.

Founded in 2004 in the San Francisco Bay Area by the wife and husband team of Joell and Christopher Dunlap, the aftercare organization was created with a very specific goal in mind.

If you walk around the host venue for any Breeders’ Cup, you will see a collection of purple hats adorning a lucky few. These hats featuring the Breeders’ Cup logo and a horse’s name are distributed to the connections, with everyone from the groom to the owner getting one to commemorate their participation in that year’s event. These are coveted collectibles which also have become a fundraising driver for After the Finish Line.

The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) announced Jan. 3 that applications for the 2023 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, are now open for submission. The application period closes at 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 20, 2023.

Just like that the 2022 Thoroughbred Makeover is done and over. My first impression is that I’m tired — like, new level of physical exhaustion tired — but also at the same time I am lifted up, encouraged, and inspired.

I’m not sure I could accurately describe all the emotions and thoughts that I had throughout our week at the Kentucky Horse Park in just one final blog entry but I’m going to give it a shot.

Undefeated four-time grade 1 winner Flightline has been on a steadily upward trajectory since days as a foal growing up on Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Farm in Central Kentucky.

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