Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center Celebrates a Milestone Adoption Year

Sunday, January 8, 2017
Posted by Jessica Greene

Susanna Thomas

(Photo: Susanna Thomas)

Lexington, KY – Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) topped off 2016 with sweet success by celebrating their best year yet! In 2016 MMSC placed a record-breaking 62 retired Thoroughbreds in new homes and providing them with second careers. MMSC is a premier non-profit re-schooling facility for adoptable Thoroughbreds, located at the Kentucky Horse Park. They teach new skills to horses by utilizing the natural strength of the Thoroughbred.

“Thoroughbreds are timeless… they have reigned supreme in equestrian sports,” says MMSC Director, Susanna Thomas. “They are smart, athletic and big-hearted. As people are recognizing the magnificence of this beautiful breed, the demand for Thoroughbreds has skyrocketed. Giving these horses a second chance and helping them transition into a new career is a lot of work, but watching as they are adopted into new families is the most rewarding feeling.”

(Photo: Susanna Thomas)

(Photo: Susanna Thomas)

The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center has a very specific system: The Horse Centered Reschooling Program℠ developed by Thomas gives an off-track Thoroughbred a foundation that an amateur can successfully build upon. The Center also is cautious to match each adopter with a horse that has a consistent temperament and can achieve the adopter’s chosen goals.

"I adopted Bowie after initially meeting him two weeks prior during a trip to KY for the Thoroughbred Makeover that my husband and I were attending,” said Ruth Goethals, who adopted a horse from MMSC. “I spent a couple of days with Bowie during that time I found the entire staff welcoming, informative and extremely accommodating. The experience was amazing. Our trainer has often commented that Maker's Mark hit a home run in matching Bowie and I.”

(Photo: Susanna Thomas)

(Photo: Susanna Thomas)

It is because of this dedication to being “horse-centric” in all that they do, including their focus on successful matches, that the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center has been hailed by equine professionals as “The Gold Standard in Thoroughbred Reschooling.”

To learn more about Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, please visit