Aligning off-track race horses with new careers
Southern Belle Thoroughbreds operates as a third-party, intermediary service, assisting in the re-homing and transitioning of racehorses into new careers. The horses represented by Southern Belle Thoroughbreds will be from either Woodbine or Fort Erie race courses, and always come from reputable trainers & owners.
Happy 2022 to all of our friends in the Thoroughbred industry!
The 2021 rehoming season was an incredible success with 150 race horses transitioned into new careers through the Southern Belle platform; this makes for a total of over 400 adoptions facilitated since our 2017 inception. Our appreciation for the supporters who have helped make this achievement possible cannot be described in words.
As we take a breather during the racing " off season", I want to reflect on all of the captivating thoroughbred race horses who have demonstrated the utmost athleticism both on the track, as well as in their new careers as sport horses. I will continue to post updates on the "Where are they now" section of the site, as they become available.
We are looking forward to another fabulous year of rehoming OTTB'S and hope to connect with you all upon the commencement of 2022 racing season.
THOROUGHBRED DAILY NEWS
Answering the “Belle” for OTTBs in Ontario
"Katie Larsen is living out her dream in the horse business, but in a way she never imagined with a different breed. Larsen, a one-time equestrian rider who works in a bank in credit adjudications..."
THOROUGHBRED DAILY NEWS
On Aftercare: Southern Belle Thoroughbreds' Impact Grows
"Since the TDN first interviewed Katie Larsen, who founded Southern Belle Thoroughbreds in 2017, the organization’s impact on safe placement of racehorses at Woodbine and Fort Erie has grown exponentially...."
FORT ERIE RACING
Katie Larsen: Finding forever homes for racehorses
"Katie Larsen is a familiar face on Fort Erie’s backstretch. On a typical morning, you will see her in the saddle breezing horses for upcoming race days at the border oval. In the afternoon, you might not see her, but she is hard at work connecting people with recently retired racehorses..."
HORSE SPORT MAGAZINE
Racetrack to Show Ring:
Southern Belle Thoroughbreds
"Southern Belle Thoroughbreds is the labour of love launched by Katie Larsen in 2017, essentially a match-making service that provides off-track thoroughbreds (OTTBs) that have raced at Fort Erie or Woodbine race track with new homes and new careers. In 2021, 150 race horses transitioned into new digs and gigs thanks to the Southern Belle platform, bringing the total to over 600 adoptions since its inception..."
CANADIAN THOROUGHBRED HORSE SOCIETY - ONTARIO
The CTHS aims to ensure a viable future for its members by providing assistance and representation within the Thoroughbred Breeding Industry. The CTHS serves effectively as a clearinghouse for questions and answers about the industry from breeders within Ontario.
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