THOROUGHBRED RETIREMENT OF TAMPA INC

Retire*Retrain*Re-Home

Oldsmar, FL   |  https://www.tampatrot.org

Mission

Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa, Inc. (commonly referred to as TROT) is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to Thoroughbred aftercare - the safe retirement from racing, rehabilitation, retraining and re-homing - of Tampa's racing Thoroughbreds.

Ruling year info

2004

President

Summer Thurber

Secretary/Treasurer

Christine Tutcher

Main address

PO Box 1621

Oldsmar, FL 34677 USA

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Formerly known as

Thunder Bay Horse Rescue Inc.

EIN

57-1194100

NTEE code info

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

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our biggest issue is funding. It is very difficult to get consistent donations because the horses in our program are not in a dire situation as we are not a rescue. With the exception of one horse, all of the horses that went through our program were donated by their racing connections. We need to educate the public the importance of Thoroughbred aftercare and helping these horses BEFORE they get into a bad situation.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Thoroughbred Aftercare Program

We offer a safe retirement from racing option for horses racing during the live meet at Tampa Bay Downs. Each horse is assessed when entering the program. Then each horse is allowed as much downtime as needed to adjust to life after racing. Each horse is on an feed program that fits its needs and all horses are provided free choice hay when not turned out at night. Once the horse is deemed ready, it is restarted under saddle and taught the basics (walk/trot/canter, ground poles and cross rails). Horses are then listed as available for adoption. Approved adopters are then matched to the appropriate horse. Adopted horses are monitored during the one year probationary period. Adopted horses can be returned to the program for any reason and at any time as long as there is available space.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) 2015

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) 2017

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) 2019

Awards

Grant 2011

Thoroughbred Charities of America

Grant 2012

Thoroughbred Charities of America

Grant 2012

Blue Horse Charities

Grant 2015

Thoroughbred Charities of America

Grant 2016

Thoroughbred Charities of America

Grant 2021

Thoroughbred Charities of America

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our ultimate goal is to provide a safe retirement from racing option for the Thoroughbreds racing at Tampa Bay Downs. We recognize the potential that retiring Thoroughbreds offer and are able to assist them transition as they transition from racing. These horses can do so much more than race and deserve a great life once their racing careers are over. We give them the time to learn how to be a horse and then prepare them for their new life after racing.

In order to accomplish our goal, we need the support of Tampa Bay Downs, the racing owners and trainers, the racing fans and the public. We need to continue to build relationships with owners and trainers at the track. It's our hope that our accreditation by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) in 2015, 2017 and 2019 will open more doors for us - both financially and people power - as this lends additional credibility to the organization.

We have a small dedicated team who have successfully taken fifty-eight (58) Thoroughbreds from Tampa Bay Downs and re-homed forty-six (46).

This team currently cares for five (5) horses. One (1) horse is a permanent sanctuary horse and four (4) are available for adoption as companion horses. It's difficult to find homes for these four horses as everyone wants a sound horse and they aren't a lot of options for those with limitations or riding restrictions. We ensure that their every need is met and they will have a forever home with us.

While we have take fifty-eight (58) horses into our program since May 2009 and successfully re-homed forty-six (46) through June 1, 2020, there is so much more that we would like to do.

We would love to have a facility of our own but that will require major financial support. We need to devote more energy to effective marketing and fundraising.

We also need a large force of volunteers to cover all the aspects of the aftercare process should we get our own facility. That includes, but not limited to, intake, retraining, day-to-day care, adoption screening and post-adoption followup. We need people who are willing to give of their time and talent to help the organization grow. It's work but it's a labor of love.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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THOROUGHBRED RETIREMENT OF TAMPA INC

Board of directors
as of 10/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Summer Thurber


Board co-chair

Christine Tutcher

Summer Thurber

Christine Tutcher

Margo Flynn

Tampa Bay Downs

Vanessa Nye

Voodoomon Racing

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and 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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