2012 – Fall Update
Second Stride, Inc.

Straight from the Horse's Mouth

Hi folks!
Second Stride would like to send out this newsletter to thank all of our dedicated volunteers, donors and supporters. We thought you may want to know what your good deeds have been up to! 
So far this year, Second Stride has found homes for 60 horses that needed them. We appear to be on track for a record year of adoptions. We have doubled our usual intake numbers this year despite a bad economy, and we are still working hard towards infrastructure development at our main campus. From the 60 horses adopted and 70+ we have brought into the program: 12 were stallions that we castrated and socialized before adoption; 5 were not broke to ride and we had them walk, trot, and cantering with a rider as well as jumping small jumps before they were adopted; 6 were retired broodmares that we conditioned to ride again and got into family homes; 2 were Metro Louisville rescue horses seized from abuse cases; 8 were from homes facing bankruptcy that could no longer care for their horses due to life changing incidents such as accidents; 51 were from race trainers and owners wanting to do the right thing for their horses; and 5 were from homes that had either a retired show horse in need or a badly matched riding pair that needed help and did not want to resort to Craig's List to find them a home. 
Second Stride was able to complete the installation of "Rutherford Arena" this year. A fenced-in outdoor riding arena that was made possible largely in part to all of our fund raisers and the kind donation of a private donor.  This has lead to an increase in adoptions through the ability to safely ride, train, and show our horses to prospective adopters at our owned Henry County facility. We have also installed a new heated field waterer and have begun some fencing projects there as well. 
We are very proud of the work our all volunteer board has done for our program, bringing it to the next level. We give many thanks to: Kathy Stim, Joan Thompson, Jean Amick, Kim Smith, and Tiffany Meredith, and Laura Forbes, as well as our key volunteers such as Tanya Demeritt the new volunteer coordinator, Meritt Holmes and Stephanie Cole our intake coordinators, Dusty Summers our application coordinator, Amy Smith our website help and all the volunteers that work on the countless calls, emails and applications. This is what makes it all happen. Each phone call is a life line for a horse! Please inquire if you too have a talent you can share with Second Stride in our quest.
We also thank all the reporters from the various magazines, online organizations, blogs and TV crews that worked this year to get our message out there! These efforts really do pay off! Many thanks to PBS and Kyle Loughrin on Vimeo for the wonderful documentary video that is now nominated for a Mid-America regional Emmy! Click here http://vimeo.com/34976951 or see the video link on our website home page.
If you applaud what we are doing, please keep in mind one of our major annual fund raisers is right around the corner. October 1st is our Second Annual golf scramble at Woodhaven golf course in Louisville Kentucky. Please see our website and inquire about getting your team signed up or much appreciated sponsorship opportunities. 
Many blessings,

Kim Smith
Second Stride Inc.

Horse of the

SS Doran Doran, 2011 TB Gelding, 15 hands. By Breeders' Cup Mile-G1 Champion Artie Schiller out of Doran's Miracle.  Doing walk / trot / canter under saddle. Green but very willing and good natured.
He appears to have a big frame to grow into. He's gelded and wolf teeth are pulled. Kind and curious. Well handled and cared for. Great project horse!  Very confident disposition for such a young horse. Lovely mover with a big, powerful trot.  Adoption Fee is $225.

Latest News

Second Stride was invited to submit an article to Sporting Horse Magazine.  This magazine is produced in South Africa, and they have recently opened an office in Shelbyville, Ky.  Special thanks to volunteers Pam Graham and Suzanne Hurst for taking on this project and doing an outstanding job!  A sneak peek can be found at: http://www.secondstride.org/sportinghorsearticlesept2012.pdf .  For more information about Sporting Horse Magazine and SilverMane Media, go to www.sportinghorse.co.za .

Second Stride Graduate
Inki Blandford

Inki Blandford and adopter Danielle soaring over a jump at Inki's first Prelim/Training USEA event this past weekend.  The pair came home with 2nd place!  We hope to see them at Rolex in a few years!


Upcoming Events

10/01/2012- Join us for the 2nd Annual Second Stride Golf Scramble at Woodhaven Country Club.  Spots are filling up quickly, so get your entry in soon!  See our website for more information http://www.secondstride.org/ or contact Joan Thompson at joan.thompson@insightbb.com or call 502-295-4233.

Volunteer Spotlight

Special thanks to all of the volunteers that came to help at our Labor Day Weekend Open House!  We had a great turnout, and had several horses adopted from leads that weekend.  This also gave us a great  opportunity to get updated pictures and video of many of the horses.  Thank you all so much for your help!
We have a new Facebook page that we need you to like! We grew too large for the old profile and need to switch to a page. To go there now click here.
Save the Date for our 2012 Golf Scramble: October 1

Thank You to Our 1st Annual Golf Scramble Platinum and Gold Sponsors:

Second Stride is in need of every day horse care items. Some of the things that we are in desperate need of are:
  • Duct Tape
  • Epsom Salt and Animalintex
  • Tack Cleaning Supplies
  • Heated water buckets
  • Halters of all sizes
Please visit our web site for a complete list of items needed.
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