Blue Horse Charities was formed in 2001 to assist those providing a a humane solution for Thoroughbreds no longer suitable for breeding or racing. Most particularly, our immediate emphasis is to keep all Thoroughbreds out of the hands of “Killer buyers”. For those of us who love horses — and that’s what got us in to the game in the first place — letting our horses end their days in a slaughter house is no way to show it. Click here to read what industry leaders are saying about Blue Horse Charities.

Our charity is financed in equal parts by buyers, consignors and Fasig-Tipton. A buyer or consignor can commit to one quarter of one percent of the sales price, WHICH IS THEN MATCHED BY THE COMPANY. The precepts governing our approach are 1) creating awareness, 2) a realistic goal and 3) accountability to those who have helped us. Click here to read what the major SALES COMPANIES have pledged to Blue Horse Charities.

Taken in order, we believe that everything starts with awareness the problem. We don’t believe that many Thoroughbreds are intentionally sold to killer buyers – their owners are not aware this might be the fate awaiting their horses, they simply want the bills to stop. The realistic goal reflects our belief that there are only three ways for a Thoroughbred to end its days – retirement, adoption or humane euthanasia. Click here to read the position of the Jockey Club, the NTRA and TOBA.

As to accountability, nobody likes to give to “good causes” without specific knowledge of how the funds are being spent. We will be sending out an annual report detailing how every dollar was spent. NOT ONE PENNY of the money generated by this charity goes toward salaries, rents or other overheads. Our biggest effort is to provide assistance to those who adopt out Thoroughbreds no longer suitable for racing or breeding.  With the help of our supporters we have dispersed over $1,040,000.00 to over sixty-six different horse rescues.  We have been able to subsidize the adoption of 5711 Thoroughbreds and these numbers are continuing to grow.

When we informed adoption agencies of this financial support we were giving them, we received a letter which we think says a lot about what we are trying to achieve, from which we quote: “Your unexpected letter of February 7 offering assistance for horses we have adopted out in the year 2001 was the best birthday present I could have received! It is not just the monetary assistance, which is desperately needed, but knowing that a national charity of the Thoroughbred industry has acknowledged our work is deeply appreciated by our volunteers and myself and we are most grateful.” We’re glad to have made this start, but we need to do much more. The horses, those who rescue them and our industry deserve this. Please consider participating in Blue Horse Charities. This website contains reprints of ads appearing on this subject and quotes from industry leaders. We are glad to see that our industry is united in a way it never has been before in facing the problem of unwanted horses.

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