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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
Thank You ASPCA

Thank You ASPCA

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 2013! Read more

Thank You

Thoroughbred Charities of America & Blue Horse Charities For Supporting CANTER in 2013!     Read more

CANTER Transitions 1,000+ Ex-Racehorses in 2012

CANTER chapters are celebrating a milestone year for transitioning ex-racehorses into second careers through their free online sales listings. The 10 CANTER chapters online sales websites served 596 trainers at 30 racetracks nationally in 2012 and successfully transitioned 1,015 racehorses nearing... Read more
Illinois Featured Horses
Tingun, 5 year old liver chestnut gelding

Tingun, 5 year old liver chestnut gelding

We have a weak spot for liver chestnuts and this guy does not disappoint.  Tingun is a solid handsome man, standing 16.1 hands.  He's built like a warmblood and is a lovely mover.   Read more

Welcome to CANTER Illinois & Missouri

Welcome to CANTER IL.  Please check "IL TRAINER LISTINGS" and "IL CANTER LISTINGS" (menu on left) to see all horses ready to be adopted into their new careers.




January 2014: Maple Avenue has arrived in Virginia!

After a very successful rehab from eye removal surgery, Maple Avenue has arrived at his new temporary home,  a  Dressage training facility in Virginia.  Thank you all for your donations, Maple owes his life to you.  He's very happy and healthy and he can't wait to get to work.  We will let you know when he is available for adoption to an approved home!

Maple Avenue - 3




Maple Avenue Front Med CU Oct

Friday November 8, 2013:  

Maple Avenue, the first and only Canter IL-owned thoroughbred, was rushed to Michigan State University by Canter volunteer Philippa Humphries. Maple has a badly infected eye which was not responding to treatment as hoped.  All efforts to save his eye are being explored by the vets at MSU and we are so grateful for their aroud-the-clock help.  

Maple is a stunning 6yo chestnut gelding with impecabble breeding, wonderful manners, an awe-inspiring trot and a heart of gold.  We are doing everything we can to save his eye and we need your help.  Please donate now to help us.  His veterinary bills will be substantial, your help is needed.


CANTER Illinois is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing retiring racehorses with opportunities for new careers after the finish line.  We have successfully transitioned over 500 horses from Fairmount Park, Arlington Park and Hawthorne!  Currently, we operate primarily out of Fairmount Park (St. Louis, MO area) but also have and need volunteers to help in Chicago at Arlington and Hawthorne.


If you are a trainer and would like us to list a horse for you, please contact Jodi Ladner or Aletta (Ah-let-ah) Martin.


Jodi - 314-288-8787


Aletta - 804-366-4528


Executive Directors, Canter IL

When the race is over" on CNN 5-3-2013

"CANTER, a member of the coalition, was one of the first groups to create an online showcase of ex-racehorses in 1997. It's an all-volunteer organization with affiliates across the country, where people scour the "backsides" of racetracks every weekend and document the horses up for sale, executive director Nancy Koch said.

"The racetrack is quite a closed-in world. Not everyone can wander into the backside, you need to be escorted otherwise. We broke a lot of barriers that way," Koch said.

Other CANTER affiliates in "phase two" have taken in horses and provided rehabilitation so they can find new homes. They placed more than a thousand horses in 2012, according to the Homes for Horses Coalition."

Go here to read the full story on CNN.


For information, questions, comments, or concerns, please email the address below for the quickest response! If you are unable to contact a trainer/owner for a horse listed on CANTER IL please contact us at:


CANTER IL is 100% volunteer run.  We are 100% dependant upon your donations of time and money.  Without our volunteers, we would not be able to take listing information for the OTTB's that you see posted on our website. We are very grateful for their hard work and dedication in helping these horses find good homes!  The funds you donate helps to take care of the horses and provide them with a chance at a new life.

CANTER IL is in need of volunteers in the Chicago and St. Louis areas. Please contact us for more information.

CANTER IL is in need of foster homes in IL or MO. Please contact for more information.


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Last Updated (Wednesday, 05 February 2014 13:04)

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!

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