Southern Belle Thoroughbreds is a matching service that aligns off-track thoroughbreds (OTTBs) with new careers. The horses we work with have raced at either Fort Erie Race Track or Woodbine. Southern Belle Thoroughbreds functions as a third-party partner in finding your perfect OTTB, however purchase agreements are between the new and current owner directly.
My love for horses began at an early age, and I was fortunate enough to ride and compete on some beautiful horses in the world of hunter/ jumpers. After taking a hiatus from riding in my early twenties, I found myself missing the horses and wanting to get back in the game but this time on a different level. I wanted a project horse, something I've never taken on. I purchased "Mia Bella Amore" a racehorse who's career at the Fort Erie Racetrack had come to an end. We began the re-training process and have developed a truly unique partnership.
My interest in Thoroughbreds became amplified, so I contacted Bella's previous racing connections in hopes of a tentative opportunity to witness the back stretch Thoroughbred action in person. One thing lead to another, and shortly thereafter I found myself obtaining a galloping license where I jumped full fledge into the craft of exercising race horses. In spending time at Woodbine and Fort Erie race courses, I took notice of the influx of gorgeous horses who I knew would inevitably reach the end of their race career at some point, and naturally be seeking a new career opportunity outside of running.
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With my connections in the show world and new relationships being built at the track , I approached the various owners and trainers, offering my assistance in helping to rehome the horses into new disciplines once they are no longer suited to race. Thoroughbreds are making a comeback in the sport horse world, but the backside of the race track is not an easily accessible place. This is where I come in and utilize my various social media platforms to connect the two worlds by showcasing the horses who are up for adoption. I've made it my mission to help these deserving athletes find the most promising homes, best accommodated for their specific needs once their glory days as race horses have come to an end. I have strong preventative measures in place to ensure all OTTB'S adopted through me will never end up in a compromising situation as animal welfare is my primary purpose and passion. The racing industry wants what is best for their beloved horses once they have served their initial purpose as track stars, and are set to embark upon the next chapters of their lives. I am truly honored to have earned the designation as an advocator towards ensuring that these thoroughbred race horses transition smoothly into incredible homes with loving equestrian enthusiasts.
As long as racing is a sport, Southern Belles will continue to support both our two legged and four legged friends in the industry.