Together, the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource, and the Central Kentucky Back Country Horsemen are developing a trail training course at the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center in the Kentucky Horse Park over which off-the track Thoroughbreds can be re-schooled. The new training course will include wooded trails, natural obstacles, and stream crossings.
Opened in 2004, the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center is operated by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. The Center is home to 10-15 thoroughbreds ready for retraining and adoption. The addition of a trail training course adds diversity to the training facility and improves the re-education opportunity for the horses.
Central Kentucky Back Country Horsemen, formed in 2007, is a service organization that is providing volunteers and their “tool trailer” for the event. CKyBCH advocates for horse use on public lands, promotes Leave No Trace land stewardship principles, and through its members, participates in sustainable trail building and maintenance projects.
“We are very pleased to be working with Marker’s Mark Secretariat Center and Central Kentucky Back Country Horsemen on this project,” said ELCR CEO, Deb Balliet. “The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center is a wonderful facility and the addition of this trail training course will help develop the retired thoroughbreds to be more well-rounded horses ready for sport horse competition or as a pleasure horse.”
If you would like to volunteer, contact Susanna Thomas at 859-246-3080.