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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

 
 
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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

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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.

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About Prospect Commander
Prospect Commander is a 2015 Kentucky-bred gelding  by Bodemeister. He retired to CTA in April 2018. He has “chronic LF splint bone fractures” and was placed on stall rest, then small paddock turnout and then turnout in a large paddock with other geldings. He handled every aspect of his rehabilitation very well and became sound again. He was adopted in Puerto Rico in July and returned to CTA in late December as his adopter was struggling with providing adequate stabling and care for him. He needed to regain some weight when he returned, but otherwise is doing well and has adapted to life at CTA well. The equine veterinarian has given him the OK for an athletic career, and we think he’d be good at most any lower-level athletic job as well as pleasure, trail and companionship. He is a classy, easy horse to handle on the ground and in the saddle.

Video of him being ridden at RVR Horse Rescue on October 13, 2018: https://www.facebook.com/RVRHorseRescue/videos/270683810319404/

Horse of The Month: Prospect Commander

Date of Birth: 4/26/2015
Color: Bay
Gender: Gelding
Height: 15.3 hh
Sire: Bodemeister
Dam: Lucifer’s Stone
Race Record: 3/0,0,0,
Earnings: $510
Date of Last Race: 3/09/18

 
Prospect Commonder pedigree

Prospect Commonder pedigree

Concertos Song with OTTB pals - 7.8.18

Prospect Commander 1.12.19 #1

Prospect Commander 1.12.19 #2

2015 OTTB Prospect Commander (white blaze, near fence) with fellow 2015 OTTB Tony Tomato on 1/19/19

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