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 2023 to all of our friends in the Thoroughbred industry!
The 2022 rehoming season was an incredible success with close to 200 racehorses transitioned into new careers through the Southern Belle platform; this makes for a total of over 500 adoptions facilitated since our 2017 inception. Our appreciation for the supporters who have helped make this achievement possible cannot be described in words.
We are beyond excited for another fabulous year of rehoming OTTB'S throughout the 2023 racing season! I look forward to connecting with you all regarding a hopeful thoroughbred adoption. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or inquiries pertaining to our process as well as the available horses. As always, updates are appreciated so please send us photos of you and your OTTB so that we can feature you on the social media pages.
The SBT team
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..."
A Good Life Beyond The Wire
"The final finish line the Thoroughbreds cross marks the start of a new beginning thanks to Katie Larsen.
Whether they happen to make their way to the winner’s circle, pick up a minor share of the purse, or finish double-digit lengths behind the first-place horse is of no importance to the 34-year-old Larsen...."
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..."
HORSE RACING RADAR TV
Southern Belle Thoroughbreds founder Katie Larsen discusses her career in racing and rehoming race horses
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.