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About Why we do what we do


LOPE helps at-risk racehorses find second careers, while inspiring young people through horsemanship education.


We are inspired by the classical horsemanship philosophy practiced by Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt, and all who follow in their footsteps. To borrow from Ray Hunt’s famous quote, we help prepare horses and young people to position for successful transitions.

At-risk racehorses are prepared to transition into new careers after the track. Young equestrians and aspiring horsemanship leaders are prepared to transition into the professional horse industry. In a virtuous circle, LOPE benefits both at-risk racehorses and deserving students as they teach each other through consistent, practical and purpose-driven work.

We believe ex-racehorses are winners even after their racing careers end. They have so much heart, athleticism and intelligence — all they need is a chance to find that second career and new life after the finish line.

LOPE believes that every ex-racehorse is waiting to be someone’s special champion — whether as a trail horse, show competitor or just plain pet. Each horse is special to us — and we believe that each horse needs a job, a special vocation, in order to be happy and true to its nature.

At LOPE, we respect, admire and value the ex-racehorses — and we want everyone who owns or works with them to feel that way too.


LOPE Values

Practical Help

1These horses need jobs, not pity. Ex-racehorses still have so much to give after the track. LOPE helps them get the training, care and rehabilitation they need to become champions in other sports.

Job Skills are Forever

2The thrill of watching your ex-racehorse gallop cinematically fades quickly — if that is the extent of his training. Useful job skills never wear off. We help the horses build a foundation for success after racing.

Back to the Basics

3In classical horsemanship, the basics are what matter the most. We spend our time focusing on the foundation horsemanship (handling, leading, loading, tying, riding quietly) that is key to all disciplines.

No Shortcuts

4Flashy training tricks look exciting, but don’t stand the test of time. We work on the long, slow road with the LOPE horses. Our approach isn’t dramatic — but it serves the horse and sets him up for long-term success.

Horses are Individuals

5While some ex-racers share certain traits, we treat LOPE horses as individuals, adapting to fit each horse’s unique needs and situation. Every horse teaches us something new about how we can better serve all the horses.

Quality over Quantity

6We want to give the best care to the horses. Even if that means that we limit the number of horses here. To help more, we have networking services to assist race owners in finding new homes for their horses at the track.

Prepare and Educate

7A better-educated horse is less likely to be at-risk. A well-educated rider is the best owner. By sharing what we learn, we inspire owners to bring out the best in LOPE horses — while also promoting ex-racers to all riders.

Not Just a Ride, an Adventure

8Racehorses need riders who are willing to step up, learn, and grow. They give 100% to every challenge and ask the same of their riders. The tremendous heart of racehorses inspires us to do our work with the same commitment.

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