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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
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 2014! 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
Arizona Featured Horses


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
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Custom CANTER Stall Plates

Saucy Piaffe Inc. is now offering stall plates through CANTER Arizona. Saucy Piaffe will be contributing $3 per plate to CANTER Arizona. Order your custom stall plate today!



Lauren Cox named new Executive Director at Canter Arizona

After serving three years on the Board of Directors at CANTER Arizona, Lauren Cox has accepted the position of Executive Director, replacing Adam Trenk who has served in that position for two years. Trenk will remain on the Board of Directors.

Lauren is a life-long horsewoman, with many medals and awards in the dressage world. She received her USDF bronze and silver medals with many state, regional and national championships and year end rewards. In 2002 Lauren was part of the gold medal team at the Junior Championships as well as representing the US at the Cup of Americas.

Today, she is a proud new mom and runs her business Lauren Cox Culinary and works as a recipe writer and food stylist. Lauren also operates Steadfast Dressage at the beautiful Bar A Ranch.

Founder and first Executive Director, Dennis Miller, is stepping down from the Board of Directors, but was named an Emeritus board member and will remain involved on an ad hoc basis.

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Devgru Update

Today, April 25, 2014, Devgru will began his new job as an Equine Pychotherapy horse as he is now fully qualified to interact with returning vets and first responders at Horse Rhythm Foundation in Phoenix, AZ. Canter Arizona has committed to sponsoring Devgru's work for the next year. As such we are seeking financial support for this program. If you are interested in supporting this effort please click on "Make a Donation," on the Arizona Main Menu. Below is a link to a recent article published in the Off-Track Thoroughbred Blog:

New Career for Devgru

Devgru, a Canter Arizona owned thoroughbred has recovered from his knee surgery sufficiently to go on long rides in the desert with his Canter trainer, Vicki Dryer. Vicki is a Gold Star mom, having lost her son Corey a little over two years ago in Afghanistan. Through her love of horses and her connections in the veteran community Vicki has arranged for Canter Arizona to team with Horse Rhythm Foundation (HRF) in an effort to get Vicki and Devgru certified to work with returning vets and first responders. Horse Rhythm founder Sahika Riley has met with Canter Arizona founder Dennis Miller and have discussed the logistics of this partnership. Also assisting with veteran communications is Colonel Bill Sahno, USMC, Retired, a decorated war vet and member of the Arizona Veteran Hall of Fame.


“We are excited to have Devgru and Vicki in their new career working in the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy field with HRF,” said Riley. Stay tuned for more updates regarding Devgru and his progress with our veterans and first responders.

If you would like to support Devgru in his new career, please make donations payable to Canter Arizona with a notation specifying funds are to support Devgru. Contact Adam Trenk at 602-402-3335 for questions. To donate "click" Make a Donation, on the Arizona Main Menu.

To read the full story of Devgru click Read More, below.


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On January 28, 2014, CANTER lost an executive officer, dedicated supporter and dear friend with the passing of Bob Lombardini, President of CANTER Michigan and CANTER USA.   

Mr. Lombardini, gave of his time and effort in an admirable way to re-home ex-racehorses and to establish CANTER as the National Organization we all recognize today.  Through his efforts CANTER has expanded its mission to help find many racehorses new careers in states across the USA.  His legacy with CANTER Michigan will live on through the strong Board of Directors he established that will enable the program to continue its successful operation.

 “As an officer and friend of CANTER, Bob gave countless hours in this endeavor, sacrificing his time to help establish CANTER as a National Organization, while still being actively involved in CANTER Michigan.  He was that rare person that could run a successful business and be completely accessible to help our volunteers and our horses, sometimes at all hours.” said Nancy Koch, Executive Director, CANTER USA.  “Losing Bob, a man who felt a need and a duty to support CANTER, saddens us all.”

Mr. Lombardini was a partner in Meier, Lombardini and Lemanski, an insurance company in East Lansing, Michigan.   He was instrumental in saving the lives of thousands of thoroughbreds who, through his efforts, made successful transitions to new careers. He opened his Williamston (Michigan) Horse Farm to injured thoroughbreds recovering from life-saving surgery at Michigan State University (MSU) and he mentored MSU Veterinary students who cared for CANTER thoroughbreds through their rehabilitation. Bob's contribution to CANTER and the College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU will continue to have an impact and show results for many years.


The Sport of Kings: Thundering Hooves and Pounding Hearts

For centuries, thoroughbred racing has been known as the Sport of Kings.  Until the late 1970’s horse racing had the highest attendance of any sport in the United States.  But beginning with the advent of Monday night football, as the commercialization of telecast sporting events has become so widespread; people now stay home to watch their sports.  Consequently the unfortunate reality is that the prominence of horse racing as America’s most popular sport is fading.  

Today, the popularity of television may reign supreme, but there is little to contest the adrenaline rush of attending a live horse race.  Regardless of your level of interest, your local track has a lot to offer for a great value. In the Phoenix metro area, we are lucky to have Turf Paradise. Going to see the Diamondbacks, the Cardinals or the Coyotes can cost you an arm and a leg.  But, for the price of one ticket in the nosebleed seats at any of those stadiums you can get admission for the whole family to the stands at Turf Paradise, and nothing beats the excitement of standing in the paddock at the track as the horses thunder by.

Despite a couple difficult years for the Arizona horse racing industry, with the shuttering of Yavapai Downs in 2011, Turf Paradise promises to give racing fans something to look forward to.  Opening Day of this year’s meet at Turf Paradise, which is located at 19th Avenue and Bell Road, is Friday October 5th.  Live races occur daily Friday through Tuesday and are simulcast to other tracks and OTB locations from coast to coast.  For those who want to be a part of the excitement beyond spectating or placing a wager, there is always the allure of entering a horse of your own in the races!

Conventional wisdom tells us that only the super-rich can play at the Sport of Kings.  But if you want a stake in the races, partnerships or syndications have become an increasingly popular and affordable way to get involved.  Partnership agreements vary in complexity based on the needs and goals of its members.  Generally, a partnership is comprised of a group that shares ownership of a horse and related expenses with the promise of sharing in its purse winnings.  Control of the horse can be shared or it can be delegated to one of the partners or the horse’s trainer via a contractual agreement.  A good syndication agreement will contemplate how to deal with unexpected expenses and an exit strategy.  For more information on racing partnerships feel free to contact me (contact information below), and I would be happy to walk you through the mechanics of those agreements.

Obviously a horse’s racing career does not span the length of its entire life.  So once horses are retired from the sport they need to find a new job.  Thoroughbreds are a versatile animal and can be used across a number of equine disciplines besides racing.  

The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses, or “CANTER AZ”, is an affiliate of Canter USA ( established in March of 2011.  CANTER AZ is a non-profit organization that works closely with industry organizations in an effort to transition thoroughbred horses to new careers after they retire from racing.  The organization has two functions; (i) act as an intermediary that posts free listings for racehorse owners/trainers advertising ex-racehorses for sale or adoption, and (ii) to accept donations of ex-racehorses from owners/trainers to retrain the horse before placing it with a new home.  To date, Canter Arizona has taken dozens of listings, and found homes for a dozens of horses.  As of the writing of this article CANTER AZ has two horses in training that are ready for placement.  With the start of this year’s racing season, Canter Arizona hopes to successfully place more horses in new homes with new careers when their racing days are over.

Whether you are a seasoned horse enthusiast or are just looking for something new to do, a day at the track is a great way to spend the day with family or friends and it helps support the local equine industry.

Adam Trenk is an Attorney at the Rose Law Group pc ( and practices in the areas of Equine Law, Land Use, Public Policy, Community Relations, and Business Law.  He is an Avid Horseman and Sits on the Board of CANTER AZ, a Non-Profit that Helps Rehabilitate and Adopt Out Ex-Racehorses.   Mr. Trenk served as an Elected Member of the Cave Creek Town Council from 2009 to 2011 where he was a champion of the Local Equine Community and supported by the Arizona Horse Council.  He can be contacted by email at"> or by phone at 480-240-5647. See him on Facebook at

Adam Trenk Assumes Canter Arizona Leadership

September 15, 2012, Adam Trenk has assumed the position of Executive Director, Canter Arizona. Mr. Trenk, a current board member, takes over for founder and first Executive Director, Dennis Miller. A current and life long horseman, Mr. Trenk resides in Cave Creek, Arizona and works as an Attorney for The Rose Law Group pc, practicing Equine Law.

Canter Arizona Wins Grant

On Wednesday, April 11,2012, Joyce Cozby of the Arizona Department of Racing advised Canter Arizona our application for grant monies was approved. The funds will come in handy as there are currently 5 Phase II horses in transition training.

Canter to Address University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program

Canter Arizona, Executive Director, Dennis Miller to address Race Track Industry Program Students at the University of Arizona, in Tucson on Wednesday, February 11, 2012, at 12pm. Miller will discuss The Role of Non-Profit Organizations in the Race Track Industry.

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

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