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T.R.O.T.T.E.R. (Race horse Rescue & Adoption)



The T.R.O.T.T.E.R. (Trotting Racehorses Off The Track Equine Rescue) at Riding Star Ranch takes in retired and injured harness horses, rehabilitates and retrains them and adopts them into loving homes. We are located at Spring Garden Ranch in DeLeon Springs, FL, which is the largest harness racing training facility in the US and Canada. Horses that find their way here will never end up in an auction or a slaughter house. Please consider a monthly recurring donation to this wonderful program.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Standardbred horses that come from the racetracks are often sold at auction and have a very uncertain fate. Some will go to work as transportation for the Amish community, some will become breeding stock for future race horses and still others will retire because of injuries or due to age and may end up in an auction house where they will be sold to the highest bidder with unknown intentions. Some Standardbreds are neglected after their usefulness has faded and end up forgotten and abandoned.

How will this project solve this problem?

TROTTER (Trotting Racehorses Off The Track Equine Rescue) finds, rescues, rehabilitates and retrains these horses for pleasure driving and riding and then advocates to find them good, loving forever homes through our adoption process. Not only do we work with the horses, we also work with prospective adopters to teach them the proper care and handling of an ex racehorse to assure the horses are properly matched with a new human partner, family or therapeutic riding/driving program..

Potential Long Term Impact

Riding Star Ranch will make a long term, positive impact on the harness racing industry and many of the beautiful, talented horses that are retired every year from the sport. Because we are located at Spring Garden Ranch in DeLeon Springs, FL, which is the largest harness training facility in the US and Canada, we are positioned to be able to help hundreds of horses every year find loving homes. Our adoption process assures that all horses are taken care of for the course of their natural lives.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,080
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $96,820
Total Funding Goal: $97,900


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Project Leader

Dawn Schmertmann

DeLeon Springs, FL United States

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