Mission Statement: TROT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the safe retirement from racing, rehabilitation and adoption of Tampa's racing Thoroughbreds.
CURRAGH MON RETURNS HOME WHERE HIS RACING CAREER STARTED
Arriving with just a halter fit for a pony, this 17 hand Thoroughbred was on his way to a better life. The only memory of his racing days is the one front shoe that remains on his overgrown hooves. The transport driver said, "He just wants someone to love him", and he was right. On Curragh Mon's first leg of his long, bumpy road to retirement, this gray gelding seems to know his life was worth saving.
Now, Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa, Inc. (also known as TROT) is appealing to horse lovers and racing fans to assist in funding Curragh Mon's transition to life away from the track.
Curragh Mon's racing career began full of promise, when he rallied to finish second in a Tampa Bay Downs maiden special weight race for 3-year-olds in his January 2009 debut. He broke his maiden eleven months later at Tampa Bay Downs and went on to win three more times. The striking gray/roan son of Maria's Mon -- sire of Kentucky Derby winners Monarchos and Super Saver -- appeared to have an extremely bright future.
However, the trips to the winner's circle were few and far between and he changed owners seven times over four years of racing. His last three starts were in March and April of this year at Fonner Park in Grand Island Nebraska. After that, he fell off the radar.
Fortunately for Curragh Mon, organizations such as TROT, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the safe retirement from racing, retraining and rehoming of Tampa's racing Thoroughbreds, have taken the lead in an effort to ensure that Thoroughbreds have a chance to lead happy and productive lives after their racing careers are over.
After locating Curragh Mon through painstaking diligence, TROT is bringing him back to the Tampa Bay area to begin his well-deserved retirement.
The horse's former owners contacted TROT board member Vanessa Nye as they were concerned about what happened to the horse. Nye, a Tampa attorney who owns and operates Voodoomon Stable, is a strong advocate of safe retirement and aftercare for Thoroughbreds.
"I believe, and always have, that retiring these horses properly, transitioning them into other careers and supporting the aftercare of these great animals is paramount for the racing industry's future."
Nye made scores of telephone calls in her quest, enlisting the aid of numerous horsemen. On May 9, she found out that his last racing owner had given Curragh Mon away. It took another five weeks to finally locate the horse, which had changed hands again and for possible use in unregulated match racing.
Finally, they were able to contact the individual possessing Curragh Mon, who agreed to sell him for $2,500, an amount Nye agreed to pay along with shipping costs. Nye said Steve Breen helped with coordinating his return home and the horse's former owners are chipping in to cover the expenses.
No one can say for certain what Curragh Mon's fate would have been had not Nye and her contacts put in the hours and diligence to launch the process of tracking him down. "It took me eight weeks and about 400 phone calls, but I was very determined," she added.
Curragh Mon is scheduled to return by van to TROT's foster facility in Myakka City in the next few weeks. "Really, TROT is full to capacity, but we don't want to turn away a horse that has raced at Tampa Bay Downs. We (racing owners) all have to become more conscientious and investigate who we give these horses away to," Nye said.
TROT estimates it will take at least a month for Curragh Mon to wind down from racing before starting retraining and being available for adoption. TROT is seeking donations to support him and the other fourteen horses currently in the program and available for new careers or as loving companions.
Please consider making a donation to Curragh Mon's rehabilitation, or to help the other fourteen horses in the program. Use this link to access the PayPal donation link on our website.
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As you know, we are always looking for new ways to meet our financial needs. Online fundraising is the fastest growing tool for non-profits like ours to help make ends meet. To that end, we recently signed up with AdoptAShelter.com. This easy-to-use website has been designed so that a portion of EVERY online purchase - at hundreds of top-name retailers - is donated to the shelter or organization of the user's choice.
AdoptAShelter.com is FREE and easy to use. Simply log on to the website and choose Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa, Inc. (the links on this page go directly to our shopping site). With just one click, you are on our Shelter's Shopping Page. Then you shop like you always do at your favorite stores, from Amazon to eBay to Zappos. Whatever you buy, a portion of EVERY purchase will come to us in a cash donation. Simply bookmark our Shelter Shopping Page and use it every time you shop.
Click here for the AdoptAShelter.com brochure explaining how the program works.