We recently received a letter from the Virginia Thoroughbred Project which was newly formed and replaced the TRF at James Madison’s Montpelier. The letter signed by Susan J. Hart, President of the Board is soliciting donations. They are working in conjunction with The Montpelier Foundation which is accepting donations on VTP’s behalf while they are finalizing the organization’s 501©3 status.
The Virginia Thoroughbred Project is a charitable organization committed to excellence in the aftercare of thoroughbred racehorses in the commonwealth of Virginia. Incorporated in October 2019 and based at James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, VA, the VTP has adopted the herd of 41 former racehorses which were previously at Montpelier under the auspices of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, a national organization. The newly formed VTP will be entirely locally run and managed. The horses will be cared for by the same staff that has been in place for many years and who are completely familiar with the needs of the herd while the grounds personnel will continue to maintain a safe and attractive facility at this historic location as it has for the past 16 years.
Most importantly, the horses – nearly half of whom are over the age of twenty – are able to continue to graze peacefully on the bucolic grounds of Montpelier in full view of the many people who visit there each year. Many of these beautiful animals had their racings careers cut short by injury and others were simply not fit for such a demanding sport as horse racing. It is the goal of all those involved in the VTP to see that these magnificent animals live out a life of tranquility for as long as is it comfortably possible to do so.
Part of the mission of the VTP is to assess the possibility of the rehabilitation and adoption of some horses for whom a second career in other areas of equine sport might be possible. These horses will usually be ones that have come to the VTP as younger animals with no seriously limiting injuries. They will be evaluated and trained by professional staff and considered for use as a pleasure horse, dressage, jumper or eventing prospect. Others who are not suitable for retraining may be offered for adoption or fostering as companion animals under programs to be established in the near future.
The ultimate goal of the Virginia Thoroughbred Project is to set the gold standard for the aftercare of the Thoroughbred horse in Virginia. Please help us to achieve this goal through your support.