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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
California Featured Horses
Green Cat

Green Cat

Green Cat stands approx. 16-16.1hh & is a gorgeous 2005 gelding! Heart of a thoroughbred & powerful warmblood type of movement! Turns heads wherever he goes!  More Info Here! Read more
California User Menu

Welcome to CANTER California!


CANTER California is Now Proudly Accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance!

CANTER stands for "The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses". The California chapter of CANTER began in 2008. We service all California race tracks, offering free services to race horse owners and trainers to help them find new non-racing homes for retiring thoroughbreds. We also list quarter horses who are retiring from the track!

Click "Read More" to learn:

1. How to Use This Site to Find Your Next Horse

2. How to List Your Horse on Our Site (racehorse owners/trainers)

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A Tribute to A Legend: "Doc Martin"

FERRIS            The Legend; The Original: "Doc Martin"

                     May 1984 - September 2014

 Thank You for donations to the "Ferris Fund"

                 ~In Honor of a Legend~

A beautiful tribute has been created in honor of the great OTTB “Doc Martin” (aka “Ferris”), who at 30 years, has moved on to greener pastures to join the legends before him.  Owner Barrie Getz contacted us to set up a place where people can donate in his memory.  “Ferris” raced at Golden Gate Fields  - a place where the majority of our Program horses come from.  The wish was that donations in “Ferris’s” honor would go to help other OTTBs get their start in a new career – like someone gave him the chance 25 years ago.  We set up the “Ferris Fund” to honor this amazing thoroughbred. 


We celebrate this great horse & are beyond touched by the biography Barrie has written:

"A brilliant thoroughbred, with an incredible heart of determination, & an entire world shrouding him with gold....


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Horse-Themed Valentine's "Fun Photo" Fundraiser!

kisses web UPDATE: This Fundraiser Event has Closed! Thank you to all who participated! Together we raised $250 to help CANTER CA horses! Awesome!  The photo with the most "likes" by 10PM on Feb. 14, 2015 was from Christine (with 188 "Likes)! She'll get a "Thank You" gift courtesy of Cowgirls For A Cause!

The additional donor who's name was drawn via is Torie! Torie will also receive a "Thank You" gift! Together we raised $250 - wow!

CANTER California is hosting another “Horse-Themed Valentine’s Fun Photo” Fundrasier from Feb 1 - 14 with two grand prizes (generously donated by Cowgirls for a Cause)!

Donate (Suggested donation $10) thru February 14 to CANTER California here!


THEN send in a “Valentine’s” themed photo of your horse (horse hugs, kisses, costume, etc.) to (nothing offensive, please – these will be post on our Facebook Page).  One photo entry per donation, please!

We'll add your photo(s) into a special “Horse-Love” Facebook album!

Get your friends & family to vote for/”like” photos thru 10:00 PM (PST) on February 14.

The photo with the most "likes" will be announced Saturday night, along with one more winner chosen via a random drawing on!

If you don't have a photo to enter but still want to be in the drawing for one of the grand prizes, you can still donate via the PayPal Link above, & we’ll enter you into the random drawing. 

These AWESOME prizes were donated by Cowgirls for a Cause!  


*See the 2014 Album here... for a little inspiration!*

Zenyatta Supports CANTER California

Zenyatta Zenyatta Breyer Horse Benefits CANTER!

Straight from the horses mouth - Queen Z has chosen CANTER as one of three charities to receive donations from the sales of her Breyers horse! Read more about it here. Thanks team Zenyatta, we are honored!

Order your Zenyatta Breyer Horse here!






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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!