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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
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Help CMA Raise Much Needed Winter Hay Funds!

CMA is launching a Winter Hay drive, in hopes of raising 4500$

Please consider buying a "bale" at 8$, or including CMA on your Holiday Card list and enclosing a small donation. 

CANTER Mid Atlantic is asking our readers, browsers and purchasers to help us continue taking in needy thoroughbreds, rehabilitating them, retraining and rehoming them.  CMA always believes that the slow way is the best way to find the best home and match for a horse, and we work very hard to ensure that all of our horses receive any and all attention that they need. We pride ourselves in the quality of the horse we make available to our adoptors, and not the quantity.  Doing this is very expensive for the organization, but we feel it is the primary mission of CANTER.  To do any less would not honor our mission, nor the deserving horses we help. Please consider a donation to CANTER Mid Atlantic so that we can continue putting our best foot forward for the horses. We currently are caring for 29 horses that need time, therapy, and retraining.  Many have injuries that deserve time to heal, and we need help to continue giving it to them.  

Thank you so very much for your consideration. 




Holiday Card Address:  

CANTER Mid Atlantic

C/O D. Darsa
13709 Arctic Avenue
Rockville, MD  20853

Last Updated (Monday, 09 December 2013 19:31)


Congrats to Jessica Morthole, of CANTER Mid Atlantic!

CMA's Jessica Morthole was one of 26 trainers selected for the Retired Racehorse Training Project.  She was selected as a trainer to bring along an OTTB for four months out of nearly 200 entries.  Follow along as she blogs about her selected project, CMA-owned "Gib"

Congrats to Lynn Symansky, Winner of the CANTER High Point Thoroughbred Award at Rolex!

RW3A0450-Edit CMA was once again Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event to award one of 19 OTTBs the award for highest placement. A generous donation of a show halter by Five Star Tack, and a beautiful cooler from Exquisite Equestrian adorned the high point OTTB winners of this prestigious event.  Pictured: Lynn Symansky and her OTTB, Donner.  Congrats to Lynn from all of us at CMA! 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 12 June 2013 18:35)


Many Thanks to the Thoroughbred Show at Winterpark Place!


Wicomico Equestrian Center hosted a benefit horse show on April 6, 2013 at Winterplace Park in Salisbury, MD. Please visit

The show was a great success, and there were some great CANTER representatives including Ridge Amour and Halfway House. 



Last Updated (Thursday, 18 April 2013 06:27)


CMA Owned Available Horses

RLX23944-2 Have you checked out CMA's available horses? If taking a horse straight from the track is an intimidating thought, but you'd still like to have an OTTB, CMA's restarted horses are an easy answer! All CMA horses have been let down for a minimum of 3 months, have had professional training for a minimum of 30 days and often more than 60 days.  They are all trail ridden, ridden in the ring, started over jumps

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CANTER Horse Blogs- come follow along!

CANTER Mid Atlantic blogs have been a smashing success as indicated by our thousands of visitors.  In an effort to chronicle the ups and downs of Thoroughbred Retraining, we have several people who have volunteered to write about their day-to-day experience with individual horses. This has proven to provide a wonderful learning opportunity for the Thoroughbred-buying public, as well as being an amazing opportunity for our horses. Our goal to bring each horse from the racetrack to recognized competition has been going swimmingly, and we love the support along the way. If you haven't read the blogs, we hope you will, and join in on the journey.

Read about CANTER trainer in Delaware, Jessica Morthole
Read about North Carolina Efforts
Read a CANTER volunteers blog:

Last Updated (Sunday, 14 October 2012 07:21)


Catch up on the Chronicle Blog -- Allie Conrad blogs about life at CANTER

The Rehomer's dilemma- what do you do when things go bad? Read about it here


Thoroughbreds are stepping into the Spotlight.  Shine a light on yours and Read about how you can do it


Veterinarian's may be holding the key to horse and rider safety at the racetrack. Read up and think about it


Beginner Safe? Some of our thoroughbreds truly are! Read about Shannon and Piper



Donate Now and support Horses in Need

CANTER Mid Atlantic, like everybody, is feeling the crushing effects of today's economy. CANTER Mid Atlantic is funded solely by the kindness of people who believe in our mission. Nearly 70% of our funding comes from donations that are under 50$, so you can see that indeed, every dollar makes a difference. Please consider donating even $5.00 towards caring for Thoroughbreds who were not lucky enough to be successful at the racetrack. Payments can be made directly to the organization through our Pay Pal link, Donation Address or directly to our Veterinarian. (Please contact CANTER if you'd like to send payment to vet). All donations go directly toward the care of Thoroughbreds until they find a new home.

Donate Now!

Donations are accepted by mail at the following address:

CANTER Mid Atlantic

C/O D. Darsa
13709 Arctic Avenue
Rockville, MD  20853

Last Updated (Friday, 08 July 2011 13:05)


Thank you to Eventing Nation and The Pilot!

willThanks to Eventing Nation for starting their "Good News" blogs out on CANTER! Take a look at the great article they've written.

CANTER is really making a splash on the eventing scene with horses competing all over the country.  Many thanks to Eventing Nation for showing off some of our great successes!

Another fabulous article was published in the Southern Pines Newspaper about CANTER's efforts in that area.  It's a great read, Check it out!

Last Updated (Wednesday, 02 February 2011 14:42)

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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