About Us

For more than a decade, the CTA team has worked diligently to provide a responsible process for Thoroughbreds that have been shipped to the islands for racing to be returned off the racetracks in healthy condition and ready for new careers and happily ever afters.

As a groundbreaking strategy for horse rescue and retirement in the Caribbean, CTA takes pride in its service to the local racing communities and to the many (primarily stateside) adopters who each play a vital part in the multi-faceted life journey of this noble and distinctive breed; the American Thoroughbred.

Hundreds of Thoroughbreds arrive in Puerto Rico and surrounding islands each year. The challenges of transitioning them back to the States are many, but our commitment is strong. We believe every racehorse deserves a happy ending - particularly if that race career ends in a remote Caribbean destination.

Thoroughbreds are versatile, athletic and possess extraordinary heart - our mission is to provide a safe passage and future for these beautiful animals.

CTA’s Tax ID EIN number is: 66-0869307


Horn Buckle is a 16hh Kentucky-bred son of the great Ghostzapper! He is a handsome, kind & cooperative horse that gets along well with people and horses. He is very quiet on the ground and under saddle. He has a smooth, balanced walk-trot-canter. Horn Buckle has osteoarthritis in his fetlocks from his long racing campaign. The original veterinary evaluation done when he was still at the track (i.e., prior to his OTTB rehabilitation) suggested he should be restricted to flat pleasure / trail riding, but he has been sound at CTA and we believe he can possibly do cross-rails and possibly a bit higher jumps with good care and attention to his needs (e.g., only jumping to capacity he shows ability to do and maintain soundness, providing supplements for arthritis care, etc). We’ve observed that Horn Buckle feels and moves best when he’s allowed to spend many hours each day outside in a paddock / field where he is free to move (he loves being with other horses, too), so we will seek an adopter that can provide him with many hours of turnout daily. Plus, he just loves to roll! We think he’d make a nice trail horse (a great “husband horse”) or even a light equine-assisted therapy or even flat & low-level lesson horse (cross-rails and perhaps more) given his super quiet nature and abilities.

Meet Our Horse of the Month:

Horn Buckle

Date of Birth: May 9, 2009
Color: Chestnut
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16hh
Sire: Ghostzapper
Dam: Weekend Surprise
Race Record: 71 / 19-9-8
Earnings: $171,200
Date of Last Race: 12/08/18

Horn Buckle pedigree

Horn Buckle - 1st ride as OTTB 2/17/19

Horn Buckle - CTA farm 3.4.19

Horn Buckle - ride #2 3.4.19

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CTA co-founder Kelley Stobie, Kelley’s retired racehorse “Strike N Win” & Hall of Fame jockey John Velasquez at CTA Farm

CTA co-founder Kelley Stobie, Kelley’s retired racehorse “Strike N Win” & Hall of Fame jockey John Velasquez at CTA Farm

Our Sponsors and Supporters

We could not exist without the generous and kind support of our sponsors. Caring for horses can be costly and demanding. Due to our remote island location, logistics are more difficult, and costs are considerably higher.

Our team, the horses we serve, and all of the people whose lives these horses touch, are incredibly grateful for the support of our sponsors. We encourage you to support our sponsors so they can continue to support our community.

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Our Impact

Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare assumed predecessor, Save The Horses, in 2016. Since that time, CTA has vastly expanded upon STH’s aftercare work in the islands.

10 years OF aFTERCARE Services to U.S. Thoroughbreds

  • Retirement-Rest-Rehabilitation-Retraining-Rehoming (adoption)

  • Working relationship with racetracks

  • Evaluation & transition protocols for aftercare

  • Improving welfare for racing thoroughbreds

  • New 10 acre farm for turnout & shelter


100+ Thoroughbreds Retired From Racing in Puerto Rico & USVI

In the past 2 years alone, CTA has retired 89 Thoroughbreds & placed 65 into good aftercare homes. These off-the-track thoroughbreds (OTTBs) new roles include Eventing, Dressage, Hunter-Jumper, Trail & Pleasure Riding, Equine-Assisted Therapy & Sanctuary - Companion

  • 42 have been flown to the U.S. mainland (with more ready to make the trip)

  • 23 have been adopted in Puerto Rico

  • 3 former CTA horses competed in the 2018 Retired Racehorse Project Makeover

  • Sadly, we have lost 8 horses due to chronic, serious health issues (e.g., founder, colic)

Please check our Adoption page to learn more about the wonderful horses waiting for good homes!

First Responder & Organizer of Hurricane Maria Relief

CTA partnered with countless organizations and individuals in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In total, nearly $140,000 was raised in goods & funds to provide the horses of Puerto Rico and other islands with life-saving relief.

CTA distributed 98 tons of alfalfa/timothy; 112 tons of feed; 30 tons of shavings; 28 pallets of medical and equine supplies; 10 pallets of relief supplies; and 56 tarps, and counting.