Appomattox Chamber of Commerce Names War Horses at Rose Bower Business of the Week
It was just a year ago that nine-year-old Centripital arrived at War Horses from the NYTHA 's Take The Lead program. In just a day, we realized we had a special horse! Kind, quiet, inquisitive and gentle -- he was handsome and sound, to boot!
We immediately started looking into the 2016 RRP show in October at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington for our boy.
Things fell into place quickly -- our first choice of trainer was available! Stacey Fitzgerald and her husband Joel, both from Rocky Mount, VA agreed to meet "Trippy" at the Rose Bower Farm in Appomattox.
Stacey was highly recommended and our entire team just clicked right away, and she LOVED Trippy.
Six months later, our boy came home with a 5th place ribbon in a 68-horse show hunter division.
We could not have done it financially without the help of Centripital's former owner and breeder, James Corrao who saw us through veterinary bills, Adequan and shipping expenses. Our board members Ron and Gloria Krauklis shipped both our booth set-up and me in their (human) travel trailer where we secured a spot at the campground adjacent to the Horse Park. Read more...
Hermosillo (l) and System Restore compete for their share of peppermints, send to us by Jennifer Wirth and One Last Race.
We LOVE talking about our war horses!
A 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing veteran Thoroughbred racehorses with new careers and safe retirement
War Horses, a 501 c 3 non-profit organization, was founded in 2013 to provide rehabilitation, and new homes or careers for racehorses ages 7-years-old or older, or those that have had over 70 starts.
SPECIAL THANKS IN 2016
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance
Take The Lead
After the Finish Line & Dawn Mellen
Coleman's Feed and Farm Supply
One Last Race
Those who continue to support their former racehorses:
James Corrao - Centripital
Diane Balsamo - System Restore
Kenwood Racing and Partners - Hermosillo
Evan Lauro - Pollard's Boy
Steve Krebs - Banjo Picker
Check out the easy way to join our cause and still be able to shop at over 700 online stores. Click here for easy details as to how you can help just by doing your shopping online.
Consider War Horses at Rose Bower when searching for your next best friend!
If you are thinking of adopting a retired Thoroughbred (OTTB), please consider a War Horse. The racing industry describes older horses, usually geldings, that have raced for 6 years or longer and/or have accrued over 60 starts, as "war horses" due to their love for the game, tremendous athleticism, and big hearts.
Our War Horses at Rose Bower cares for and finds homes for these warriors. Most come directly from the track. Some have retired with over $750,000 in earnings or have raced until they were 13, or won over 20 races. All share wonderful personalities, a "been there, done that" attitude, and a desire to have a new job. Lingering in a field is not what they had in mind for their retirements as they are sound, sane and happy for a routine.