Monday, February 25, 2008


14 hours old! Congratulations to Gary Brady and Just Tickled! Tickled was boarded at SCR throughout her pregnancy. She was in foal to "You and I", and just delivered a beautiful colt at 10pm on Sunday, 24th which was her actual due date! He's got LONG legs and looks like a runner to me!! Thanks to Woodstead Farm for foaling Tickled out, and taking great care of her and the colt. Can't wait for them to come home this summer.

Click here for the colt's diary and photos


Sunday, February 24, 2008

Good Luck Hitman!

Congratulations to Hightec Hitman - he left the Grand Mound Chapter yesterday, headed to his new home in California. Photos will follow soon.


Monday, February 18, 2008

An Emerald Downs Special Achievement Award

I was profoundly honored (and surprised) when Susie Sourwine, VP of Marketing for Emerald Downs, presented me with a Special Achievement Award at the Awards Banquet. It reads; “For her compassion and dedication to animal welfare and especially in the rehabilitation, adoption, and rescuing of Thoroughbreds at her Second Chance Ranch.” Working with these horses is reward enough! Anyone who knows me, knows my love for Thoroughbreds and the sport of racing. I am so grateful for the support and generosity of the trainers and owners at Emerald Downs. They bring integrity to the sport, and they have been incredibly helpful and wonderful to work with. As well, Emerald Downs, the Washington Thoroughbred Breeder’s Association (WTBA), and the Horseman’s Benevolent Protection Association HPBA), have been hugely supportive of my work and constantly encourage and nourish the efforts of SCR. I should be giving them an award!


Emerald Downs Announces the Prodigious Fund

I attended the Emerald Downs Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, February 16. Susie Sourwine, VP of Marketing for Emerald Downs announced a new (and first ever) fund for off the track Thoroughbreds. It is called the PRODIGIOUS FUND, named after a horse who raced for seven years and retired, healthy, in 2007. The proceeds for 2008 will be divided between Second Chance Ranch and Chez Chevaux. Owners and trainers at Emerald Downs have been very supportive of our work. They are committed to finding good homes for the horses who leave the track and we are a valuable resource for them, however, we need funding to keep the program going! The Prodigious Fund will be a popular option for owners to support and honor the horses they love, all the way through retirement. I am extremely honored and grateful to Emerald Downs for introducing the fund, and for their continued generosity! In past years, Emerald Downs and the WTBA have been dedicated to promoting our work and donating to the cause. Ron Crockett, President of Emerald Downs, kicked off the fund by personally donating $5,000!


Coming to Comcast!

Emerald Downs has a seasonal show which are segments filmed about the racing industry. The segments can be found on YouTube and also “Comcast On Demand” (under local sports). Recently, they filmed a segment featuring Second Chance Ranch for “Life After Racing”. It was a fun day here at the ranch in Elma, as we talked about my work and introduced many of the retired race horses and those in the rehabilitation program. This will be available sometime after April…stay tuned, I will let you know when it’s live!


Friday, February 8, 2008

Our New Rescue - Thank God For 13-year Old Girls

Alicia, a 20 year old Thoroughbred by Prospect North and out of Khal Star, was rescued from the Skagit County Auction this week. She has a great story, told very well by Monica Bretherton.


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Second Chance Ranch is Expanding...

In an effort to cater to a larger audience and combine the efforts of three dedicated equestrian groups, SCR now has two new locations. Annie Chastain of Rainbow Meadow Farm is the Director of the Grand Mound Chapter. Monica Stephens of Natural Horse Savvy is the Director of the Snohomish Chapter.

Annie Chastain, owner of Rainbow Meadow Farm has a genuine talent of communicating with horses and is one of the most intuitive and graceful riders I've observed. Horses that no one else could get through to respond to her in such a positive way - she can encourage any horse to love their job! Annie is an accomplished competitor and trains riders through upper level dressage, eventing, and jumpers. Read more about the Grand Mound Chapter of Second Chance Ranch.

Monica Stephens, of Natural Horse Savvy, is the Director of the Snohomish Chapter of SCR. She is actively involved in rescue and works with a variety of breeds using her natural horsemanship talents to reach abused and neglected horses. Monica is currently housing 14 rescue horses.

Each Chapter of SCR will be funded by their own fundraising efforts. Please visit and support the chapter in your area!