Mari Hulman George Thoroughbred Adoption Highlights
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) presented an opportunity to adopt a horse waiting for a second career. Most of these magnificent animals had careers as competitive racehorses. The Mari Hulman George Thoroughbred Adoption was hosted at SMWC on Oct. 17, 2015.
Attendees from various surrounding states were on hand to observe and interact with the horses who have the potential to be successful in a variety of off the track events. Of the 12 horses up for adoption, ten will get a new start on life in a caring home. Available for adoption were 10 thoroughbreds and 2 one-quarter horses with ages ranging from two to 13.
“In the three years since Circle S Ranch and SMWC joined together for this program, twenty-five horses have been adopted,” states Angie McMillin, SMWC stable manager. “These horses are able to excel in a new avenue of the industry. Many have become competitive jumpers.”
The adoption provided a new opportunity for the horses as well as the SMWC students who cared for the horses on campus until the adoption.
“They develop a trust in you and expect you to guide them through learning about life outside of a stall and off the track. You develop a pretty strong bond from seeing the growth and change in these horses,” states Sarah Kenderdine, junior equine business management major at SMWC.