About After The Races
After the Races is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization located close to Fair Hill in Maryland. Our specialty is rehabilitating retiring racehorses physically and behaviorally as they transition toward their next career. After the Races incorporated in January of 2011 and we are very close to adopting out our 900th horse! We do our work in large part thanks to the support of a large network of volunteers, donors, and adopters.
ATR also seeks to better educate the community in regards to what racehorses have to offer new families and owners beyond racing. We also strive to work with and celebrate racing connections to have implemented exit plans for their horses and prioritize their aftercare.
While you can regularly see us at the Maryland Five Star event in Elkton in October, we are happy to schedule visits or demonstrations with educational groups and clubs in the area upon request. We especially like talking with kids and young people in an effort to cultivate more up and coming horse enthusiasts and professionals.
Thank you for visiting us here at AfterTheRaces.org. Please know that this is the only official After the Races website and our farm in Elkton, MD is our only location. If you have any questions, comments, or would like to know more about the horses we have available, please visit our Facebook Page or e-mail us.
Who Are We?
After the Races is a 501(c)3 Thoroughbred rehabilitation and rehoming center located in Elkton, Maryland that takes in retiring Thoroughbred racehorses.
We combine the horse’s history from the track with a vetting on the farm so that we can then put together a rehabilitation plan for each individual horse. We also spend time transitioning the horse behaviorally to life beyond racing. As the horse is rehabilitated, we spend time evaluating the horse’s temperament and physical capabilities. When ready, we begin the retraining process for horses in the program and seek to match them up with suitable, long-term homes.
Horses come to After the Races through various backstretch programs, dedicated to finding good homes for horses still on the racetrack. We also receive horses from private owners and trainers who know the importance of finding their horse a safe place to transition as it pursues its next career. Since After the Races’ inception in late 2010, we have found an increasing desire among racing professionals to see their horses get a second chance and we could not be more excited to work with them to realize this dream.
What People Say
As a professional with experience in horse racing and rescue, I couldn’t be more impressed! Everything from the website to the PPE was beautifully run! The staff and volunteers were thorough and friendly. Everyone I dealt with was knowledgeable and honest. The horses receive excellent care and the staff really knows every one individually! This was the most pleasant “horse shopping” experience I’ve ever had! More rescues should run like AtR. They’re doing a good thing and they’re doing it well!