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.

Having worked at the BloodHorse when it was located on Alexandria Drive in Lexington over 35 years ago (oh, how I hate aging myself!), it was especially exciting to be the December 8th feature for the Mid-Atlantic region. Many thanks to writer Margaret Guthrie for contacting me asking if we'd be willing to do it, and she sure did a complete and wonderful job! Thanks to Evan Hammond and Ed Bowen, who remembered my efforts proofreading and researching stakes pedigrees back in the days of TYPEWRITERS! 

Memories of all of those great weeks of breaking babies for John Ward, learning to gallop at Keeneland, sneaking into the abandoned castle on Versailles Road with my friend Ruthie and hunkering down in the BH offices-- it all came back. Some of my favorite years and a big reason that I am where I am now with War Horses.

Enough about me! Read all about us. BH50-NEMA.pdf

Phoebe Horton and her family, including grandparents Nancy and Don Wilk, helped get War Horses ready for our TAA site inspection this summer.


Our Mission

Ten Tequilas survived the hurricanes last September in Puerto Rico and was sent to safety at War Horses by the Caribbean Aftercare Foundation in late December.

NIGHT OFFICER has been adopted! Congrats to Kaelyn Penick, who was also the winner of the TCA Youth Essay Contest this year

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.

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.

TCA Youth Essay Winner Earns Grant for War Horses

War Horses Featured in December BloodHorse

We thank the TAA for their support and reaccrediting us for 2019 and 2020.

War Horses Fundraiser at Baines Books and Coffee

December 15 all day!

Book signing by author Chris Calkins

and music all afternoon til the evening -- plus great lattes, books and homemade goodies. JOIN US!

Main Street, Appomattox VA

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.