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Thank you for visiting the website of the Thoroughbred Retirement Network of Louisiana (TRNL), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established to rescue, rehabilitate, retrain, rehome, and assist with the retirement of ex-racehorses.  Although the horse industry in Louisiana has certainly seen better days, Thoroughbred racing continues to remain popular and highly competitive across the state.  Louisiana is the home to 4 major race tracks:  

  • Fairgrounds (New Orleans)
  • Evangeline Downs (Lafayette)
  • Delta Downs (Vinton - by Lake Charles)
  • Louisiana Downs (Bossier City)      
Few states can boast that they offer racing enthusiasts such variety as well as the attraction of practically year-round events. To sportsfolk, racing is exciting, fun, and sometimes lucrative.  There are few experiences that can equal the thrill of watching your favorite equine stretch across the finish-line ahead of the field. This is largely what the public sees and hears about. There is so much more.

Seldom does the public read headlines about the exploitation of the Thoroughbred breed. Seldom are stories shared in mainstream publications about the huge population of unwanted ex-racers and the Thoroughbreds who have been subjected to unheard of abuses.  The mainstream public is rarely informed about the Thoroughbreds that are auctioned-off to "meat men" and then sent to slaughter in Mexico and Canada to be processed for human consumption in foreign countries. 

Please join us in our efforts to offer these magnificent animals a new lease on life!

The TRNL Blog

Saddlery Solutions visits TRNL! 

Kristen Vlietsra from Saddlery Solutions (located in San Jose, California) and Patricia Cooper from Fine Used Saddles (out of Houston, Texas) spent the day at TRNL on 11/16/2016.  One of our adoptees, Untameable, and his owner, Amy Zapata, had the opportunity to be outfitted with a saddle that finally fit both of them!   Untameable hadn't been comfortable in work for some time.  After his lengthy racing career, he developed muscular asymmetry throughout his body and specifically his topline.  This created a…Read more

TRNL Puts on a Great Show at the Spring Fleur de Leap Show 

Thoroughbreds were well represented at the Spring Fleur de Leap Eventing and Dressage Show held at Lagniappe Equestrian Center this past weekend. A huge thanks to Morgan Draper Vaughn for her wonderful organizational skills and for having high point OTTBs recognized! Great job! 

TRNL brought 3 talented Thoroughbreds, all of whom competed in Dressage. Dapple Down, Untameable and Riders Up were all on the ball as they topped off their tests with stellar performances. 

Untameable and Dapple Down were adopted…

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Stormin' Eddie's Spectacular Year 

Stormin' Eddie, 57 starts, a black-type placed winner, has won our hearts. 

Born in 2002, Stormin' Eddie earned almost $170,000 over the course of his career. With 57 starts to his credit, Eddie was in the money 44% of the time. He competed in Florida, Louisiana, Illinois, Keeneland Racecourse in Kentucky, Churchill Downs, and Kentucky Downs. In 2012, at the age of 10, the re-injury of a bowed tendon permanently ended his racing career. 

Eddie is known for his tremendous heart and generosity. He's…

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TRNL Now a Homes for Horses Coalition Member 

The Thoroughbred Retirement Network of Louisiana received notice yesterday that we were approved as members of the Homes for Horses Coalition. We are thrilled to be a part of this organization dedicated to ending horse slaughter and other forms of equine abuse, while promoting growth, collaboration and professionalism in the equine rescue and protection community. For more information on the Homes for Horses Coalition, visit the Homes for Horses Coalition website.

TRNL Places at Jockey Club T.I.P. 

Congratulations to Stormin' Eddie and Christina DesRoches for placing 2nd in the Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Training Level Dressage Division and 1st in the Junior Dressage Division! 

Congratulations to Dapple Down (Beso), owned and loved by Izzy and Amy Zapata and ridden by Christina DesRoches for receiving a Participation Award from the Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Dressage Division! 

Congratulations to Riders Up, a TRNL resident and ridden by Christina…

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