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New Affiliates

New Affiliates

You can make a difference! Interested in volunteering or starting a new CANTER program? Contact Nancy at Read more

Welcome! CANTER Texas

We welcome a new affiliate to CANTER—CANTER Texas! New horse listings are NOW available! If you are a Texas trainer looking to list a horse, or want to become a volunteer for Texas, please contact Laura Holmes at: Read more

Welcome! CANTER Washington

We welcome a new affiliate to CANTER—CANTER Washington! New horse listings will be available soon! If you are a Washington trainer looking to list a horse, or wish to become a volunteer for Washington, please contact Alexandra Jackson at: Read more
Portrait Fundraiser! BOGO!!!

Portrait Fundraiser! BOGO!!!

Hand-drawn portraits at affordable prices!! Buy one portrait at regular price, get a second portrait of equal value for free! CANTER will receive $50 for each PAID order!!! For more information Email Wanda at Read more
Featured Horses
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Devgru - Arizona

Devgru - Arizona

Devgru,is now Canter owned. This four year old Dark Bay Gelding stands 15,2hh. He retired from racing with a career record of 11,3,3,1 with earnings of $33,874. His owner retired him due to recurrent pressure in his left knee. He has been diagnosed by two vets with a left radial chip (knee). Full... Read more
Hello Walls - CALIFORNIA

Hello Walls - CALIFORNIA

This delightful 2007 mare has her very own blog! A++ Temperment! Calm & quiet at her 1st show! Fabulous training foundation! Read more... Read more


"FINALLY FABULOUS" or "FANNY" is a very pretty 2008 Chestnut mare, 15.2 hands.  Sport Horse including jumping, super Dressage too!  Fanny can do it all!  So very sweet, affectionate. Sire - Sky Approval Dam - Leading Memories. An experienced rider is best for Fanny. Adoption fee: $900.Located in ... Read more

CANTER New England-OWNED GELDING, "Yes It's Timmy"

  "Yes It's Timmy" is everything that you love about Thoroughbreds: classically handsome, wonderfully personable, quite intelligent and a very good athlete. Timmy has solid time under saddle and is ready to find his forever home. CANTER New England Read more


2007 Dark Bay Mare. 16.2hh.  "Bella" has a FANCY TROT. GREAT SPORT HORSE CONFORMATION.  Doing well in Training and suitable for ANY DISCIPLINE.  Bella did not race and is still very green, so needs a very experienced rider - and she's worth it! ... Read more

Welcome to CANTER

CANTER stands for The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses. CANTER started as a solution to help racehorses find new careers by connecting buyers and sellers through posting racehorses for sale on the Internet. The program quickly became a national web-based phenomenon.  Since the first CANTER Michigan program started in 1997, it and has grown to include affiliates in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Mid Atlantic, New England, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington. All the CANTER programs are all-volunteer organizations with 501c3 non profit status.

The affiliates in Arizona, California, Kentucky, Michigan, Mid Atlantic, New England and Ohio have also expanded their CANTER programs to include owner relinquished horse adoption programs, where CANTER assumes ownership of the horse and all associated expenses.  Many of these CANTER Phase II programs have affiliations with veterinary colleges such as Michigan State University and Ohio State University, where horses receive necessary surgical procedures to return to soundness.


Racetrack CANTER Supporters

THANKS to the following Racetracks for supporting CANTER in their Thoroughbred Aftercare Programs:

  • Turf Paradise and GM Vincent Francia (Arizona)
  • Arapahoe (Colorado)
  • Delaware Park Racetrack (Delaware)
  • Churchill Downs (Kentucky)
  • Turfway Park (Kentucky)
  • Hazel Park Raceway (Michigan)
  • Thistledown Racino (Ohio)
  • Penn National Race Course (Pennsylvania)
  • Sam Houston Park (Texas)
  • Charles Town Racetrack (West Virginia)
  • Emerald Downs (Washington)

CANTER Thanks Its Generous Sponsors!


CANTER thanks Thoroughbred Charities of America, TCA, for its support of our CANTER program in 2014!


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CANTER's nationwide program and successful transition of thoroughbreds off racetracks across the country is generously supported by ASPCA through its "Rescuing Racers Initiative". CANTER thanks ASPCA for its support in 2014!

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Barrel Racing OTTB Style!

The Ultimate Showdown is scheduled for 2014! Save the date Sept 5th for a night of OTTB fast fun!

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CANTER's Misson

The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) provides retiring thoroughbred racehorses with opportunities for new careers.

You can make a difference! Interested in volunteering, fostering or starting a new CANTER program? Contact your closest CANTER affilliate!

Ways You Can Help!

GoodSearch: You Search...We Give! - The search engine with a unique social mission. It's powered by Yahoo!, so you get great search results, and each time you search, GoodSearch makes a donation to CANTER!

GoodShop: You Shop...We Give! - The new online marketplace that donates a percentage of your purchase to CANTER. You can choose from hundreds of popular merchants and the experience of shopping through GoodShop is exactly the same as going to the retailer's websites directly.