Long Run Hounds (KY) Master Dinwiddie Lampton, III, and his wife, Irene, recently donated property to create a permanent home for a Kentucky charity that rehabilitates former racehorses. Second Stride, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization for Thoroughbreds retired from the track, announced it has received a donation of 46.46 acres of land from the Lamptons. The land, located off of Halls Hill Road in the Brownsboro area of Oldham County, will be used to house a new stabling facility dedicated to rehabilitating and retraining Thoroughbreds as they retire from their racing careers.
Lampton - a former insurance executive and grandson of Dinwiddie Lampton, Sr., who founded insurance company American Life - and his wife entered into an agreement to donate the land to Second Stride, securing a dedicated site for the non-profit organization. The Lamptons are lifelong equestrians who are devoted to equine care and land conservation. In 2014, the couple donated nearly 170 acres of Oldham County farmland to the Louisville/Jefferson County Environmental Trust in order to protect it from future development. Mr. Lampton was particularly attracted to the re-purposing of Thoroughbred racehorses, as he formerly rehabilitated OTTBs for steeplechasing. Irene Lampton enjoys eventing with her ex-racers.
Kim Smith, founder of Second Stride, said, “We are grateful for the magnitude of the Lamptons’ donation and what it means for the future of our program. We are most appreciative of Mr. and Mrs. Lamptons’ recognition of our passion and commitment for helping horses. Their generous donation will benefit retiring racehorses and their human connections for the foreseeable future.”
Since 2016, more than 300 retired Thoroughbred racehorses have been placed into new homes through the Second Stride program. Despite this success, Second Stride often has a waitlist, because the stable is at capacity or special care is required while a horse recovers from an injury or illness. Smith explains, “By building a new facility, we will be able to take in more horses, including those with special needs. We will soon be launching a capital campaign to raise funds for its construction.”
A dedication ceremony to view the property layout and future configuration will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the land site. Representatives from the racing industry will be in attendance including trainers, owners and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. The public and media are invited to the ceremony and to view the infrastructure plans. Contact LeAnn Ross for detailed directions. A rain date is scheduled for April 19th, same time and location.
Second Stride is accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, certified by the Kentucky Equine Health and Welfare Council as an equine rescue facility for the State of Kentucky, and Gold GuideStar approved. It is staffed by volunteers who are active in other areas of the Thoroughbred racing industry including owners, partnership managers, handicappers and trainers. Second Stride serves a valuable role in the equestrian community by providing professional rehabilitation, retraining, and placement for retired Thoroughbred racehorses so they can be adopted by qualified owners. Not only does this program allow horses to reach their full potential in a productive second career, it enables deserving equestrians to own and ride highly desirable Thoroughbreds they would not otherwise be able to afford. New owners ride their former racehorses in a variety of disciplines including polo, dressage, jumping, eventing, foxhunting, barrel racing and trail riding. Second Stride operates from two locations in Prospect and Pleasureville, Ky.
To learn more, adopt or donate, visit secondstride.org.