CANTER Mid Atlantic is a 501(c)3 charity that works to help place racehorses in new, long-term homes when they are done racing. CANTER operates in two ways – the first is with the “track listing” program. The track listings are free classifieds that we provide to owners and trainers of racehorses who want to find them new homes and careers. Every weekend our volunteers go to area racetracks, armed with cameras and notebooks, to gather information and take photos of these horses, who are then posted on the internet for sale. This program is responsible for finding thousands (if not over ten thousand) of racehorses new homes in the Mid-Atlantic area. Horses from our trainer listings have found homes all over the country – as far away as California and Colorada, and have succeeded at all levels of sport (one CANTER Mid-Atlantic trainer listing competed at the Rolex Three Day event in 2010).
The second way in which our program operates is to actually run a horse retraining and rehoming program. As space and funds allow, we accept horses donated by their race owners, provide them with the time off that they need, and move them into retraining. Training is the best protection a horse can have – it makes them valuable and wanted, and helps them find good, long-term homes. When we can, we partner with area professionals to help give our horses a solid foundation for their new, non-racing careers.