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. Nine people expressed a desire to form a Board. 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 and we immediately applied to the IRS for our 501c3 status. Within 3 weeks we received our IRS Determination Letter (September 15, 2011). In October we began rescuing horses who had retired from the track. Our first 4 horses were horses who had been retired for a few years and are already in training to find new homes. In December 2011, we rescued 3 horses directly off the track. As of this writing (12/12/11) all 3 are resting and are in rehabilitation in foster homes.
Mission: After The Homestretch-Arizona was set up to provide rest, rehabilitation, and retraining in a new career for Arizona ex-racehorses with the goal of finding them loving, adoptive non-racing homes.
Philosophy: Racehorses were bred to be fine athletes with a lot of heart and intelligence. These horses have proved to be very versatile by excelling in other disciplines such as dressage, jumping, pleasure riding, trail, and show competitions as well as becoming excellent companions. They just need a chance to find that second career and a new life after their racing careers have ended … “after the homestretch.”