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Second Stride, Inc.

Connecting Hearts

Crestwood, KY

Mission

Second Stride is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization providing professional rehabilitation, retraining, and placement for transitioning thoroughbred racehorses in qualified homes so that they may reach their full potential in a productive second career.

Ruling Year

2006

Founder and CEO

Kim Smith

Vice Chair

Jeff Willard DVM

Main Address

7204 Highway 329

Crestwood, KY 40014 USA

Keywords

Horse, Thoroughbred, Retraining, Retirement, Rescue, Transitioning , OTTB

EIN

20-2947614

 Number

7848072705

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

We are working towards a complete safety net for area transitioning Thoroughbred racehorses. Providing a professionally run outlet for the race trainers that are in need of a place to send a horse in a timely manner due to the relocation of their race stable or reallocation of permitted stalls.

Our programs

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Our Results

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Number of retired thoroughbred racehorses adopted into new homes per year

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our program was founded in 2005, but we only started keeping accurate records of the number of horses adopted since 2012. The average number is over 100 per year.

Average number of dollars received per donor

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Second Stride's goal is to insure that every thoroughbred bred for racing, will have a safe, well cared for life after racing. We believe in most cases, the best life for a thoroughbred is to "have a job." From their very first day, thoroughbreds are conditioned to do well in a stable environment, with set schedules, and daily routine care. Upon retirement, they have special needs to help them transition from racetrack stable life, to their new life which will often be very different than what they have ever known. We have the facilities, and qualified staff to work with each thoroughbred and retrain him so he can be adopted and succeed in something new.

Second Stride believes the successful transition of a former race horse from race track life to another life, is dependent on several factors. 1. Create a familiar environment, similar to where they came from, to minimize stress. 2. Use well qualified staff to handle the horse when they first arrive. 3. Evaluate the individual horse to find what they would be suited for. 4. Provide quality training at a pace that works for the horse. 5. When ready, match the horse with a well screened adopter. 6. Provide adopters with information to insure a successful match. 7. Follow up on the adoption matches to ensure a safe appropriate home.

Second Stride is uniquely qualified to safely transition retired thoroughbreds to new career because of the background of the board members, staff, and volunteers. Our people have backgrounds in the racing industry, and the sport horse industry. We are able to network well with horsemen in need of finding new homes for their horses, as well as network with the people who adopt Second Stride horses. We are in close contact with these groups, and can find ways to meet each of their needs. Our advisory board includes several of the most respected names in racing, and we are certified by the Kentucky Equine Health and Welfare Council as an equine rescue facility. We are often asked to participate in the development of equine rescue safety guidelines to help other rescues achieve their goals.

At Second Stride, we know we are making progress by the changes in how the racing industry views retired thoroughbreds. The race industry is stepping up to become a major source of funding and support. Because we can easily find new homes for sound thoroughbreds, trainers are retiring their horses earlier now, while sound. They are more apt to contact us immediately, so we can start the transition in the best manner. We know we are doing well matching our horses with the right adopters as we have many repeat adopters, very strong word of mouth recommendations, and very few adopters needing to return horses to our care which shows appropriate matches.

Second Stride has been able to use grant money specified for capital improvements to increase our barn capacity and useable land. We have the space for horses and the qualified staff to work with more horses. What we need now are the funds to care for additional horses while in our program. We are very careful to never take in more horses than we can afford, so we only bring in new horses when our budget allows, from fundraising, adoption fees, and industry grants. This some times means we have a waiting list of horses to come in, even though we have the facilities and staff to available to begin their transition. Our goal is to never have a waiting list, and know that every thoroughbred will have the opportunity to be retrained for a new career. Because of Second Stride's retraining program, over 1000 horses, whose fate was uncertain, now have new careers and are very well cared for.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Female
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European

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