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Thousands of beautiful, healthy thoroughbreds are sent to slaughter every year when their racing careers are over.

Horseracing is a truly thrilling sport, the “Sport of Kings.” There are hundreds of racetracks across the country, with many located right here in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region. Fans come for the excitement, the glamour, the beauty, ….and the horses.

The horses are the centerpiece of the sport, with their glossy coats, pricked ears, flaring nostrils, and keen, intelligent eyes. Every day, thousands of thoroughbreds answer the bugler’s call. They go and run with all they have and more. But there is usually only one winner in any given race.

What about the others? Many go on to run other races on other days. Some end up winning. Some end up on breeding farms. Others just aren’t fast enough to be competitive and eventually move on to lesser tracks to try again.

From here, the story gets a little gray. There are thousands of horses that just can’t make it on any track- they are too slow, or laid back, or sore to pay their way. We would like to think that these horses all end up in good homes, as pleasure or sport horses, or just “best friends.” Unfortunately, all too many end up at regional livestock auctions, where they are bought by dealers and sent to slaughterhouses in Canada & Mexico that export the meat overseas.

This is the sad reality of the industry. A lot of healthy, young, sound thoroughbreds never get a second chance.

MidAtlantic Horse Rescue is a Federal 501(c)3 non profit organization. We buy slaughter bound ex-racehorses and transition thoroughbreds off the track. After quarantine and careful evaluation, we adopt them into good homes as pleasure and sport horses.

This is where we come in.

Beverly Strauss and Ginny Suarez are lifelong horsewomen. Graduate B and A Pony Clubbers, both have had extensive experience in eventing, dressage, showing, and foxhunting, and are former racehorse trainers. For thirty years we have been buying thoroughbreds at livestock auctions, evaluating them, and starting them in new careers.

In 2002, we co-founded MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, Inc., to get more thoroughbreds out of the kill pens and into loving homes. Just because they are no longer competitive on the racetrack does not mean they aren’t useful or productive. These young horses have so much to offer.

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Since our inception, we have saved over 1600 horses. 

We started by saving three horses and then pulled ourselves up by our bootstraps. Experience, integrity, and a lot of hard work has helped us grow. We are now nationally recognized for our efforts-BUT our invaluable work continues. YOU can help– by donating, adopting, or just spreading the word–we need your support more than ever to save horses from a horrific end.

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Meet our team

Beverly Strauss, Co-founder & President
BA in Biology, University of Virginia; MBA Rutgers Graduate School of Management; Graduate A, US Pony Club. 40+ years experience with horses-eventing, racing, foxhunting, showing, training, lessons, etc. Owns multiple thoroughbreds of all ages.

Virginia Suarez, Co-founder & Board Member
Equine Studies, Harcum College. Graduate B, US Pony Club. Founder and Executive Director of Paws for Life, Inc. 40+ years experience with horses-eventing, racing, foxhunting, showing, training, etc. Owns multiple thoroughbreds of all ages.

Yvonne ReynoldsSecretary & Treasurer
Business Manager, Woodstock Farm 40+ years.

Patty Clemens, Vice President
BS in Economics, LaSalle University. 40+ years experience with horses- eventing, foxhunting, showing, training, lessons, etc. Patty and her family own adopted horses Master Manipulator (Moose), Defense Article (Artie), and Battle Tested (Battle).

Jacqui Sharp, Farm Manager
40+ years experience with horses- showing, hunting, etc. Owns adopted horse Jet Above.

Owen Lusby, Horse Care
40+ years experience with horses- racing, breeding, etc.

Morgan Sevchuk, Sally Shirley, Andi Culler, Dr. Liz Schatz, Lynne Pennypacker, Jess Caraballo

Dr Kathy Anderson, DVM

Dr Charles Arensberg VMD

Dr Bernie Smith DVM
Equine Vetcare, Fair Hill Training Center

Tom Strauss
AFA Certified Farrier, 35+ years experience

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Doris S Wear Memorial Garden

We have a memorial garden where people can bury their horses after being cremated. For more information about the Doris S Wear Memorial Garden, please contact us using the form on the contact page. 

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MidAtlantic Horse Rescue is a Federal 501(c)3 non profit organization. We buy slaughter bound ex-racehorses and transition thoroughbreds off the track. After quarantine and careful evaluation, we adopt them into good homes as pleasure and sport horses.