Retired racers grace new calendar

The success stories of 2012 grace Greener Pastures Standardbred Horse Adoption Society's new calendar.

Featuring the success stories of 2012.

An organization that finds new homes for retired racehorses coming off the track at Fraser Downs presents its 2013 calendar – just in time for Christmas.

Greener Pastures, the B.C. Standardbred Horse Adoption Society, is selling the calendars as a fundraiser, making it a natural choice as a stocking stuffer for the horse lover in your life.

The society is dedicated to retraining and finding loving new homes for retired Standardbreds. Some of them never quite made it as race horses to begin with. Others earned thousands on the track during their careers. About 50 are adopted out each year.

The society operates a rehabilitation centre in South Surrey, where there are an average of 10 horses in its care at any one time.

Standardbreds are friendly, loving horses who thrive on having a job to do and try their best to please. With a little training and patience, most adapt well to the saddle. The calendar features some of the success stories of 2012. In July, a successfully adopted former racehorse named Solar Wind is seen happily frolicking, along with photos Don’t Say Anything and Urworstknightmare, a pretty bay who now goes by the sunnier Dreamfair.

Then there’s barn favourite Luongo – a handsome guy with an easy-going personality – who recently found a new home. He’ll be living in Maple Ridge, where he’ll be a trail buddy for Dawn.

The society is a registered charity that relies heavily on the generosity of the public. Tax deductible cash donations accepted. The calendars are $15. The society also sells T-shirts, caps and bumper stickers. Visit the Greener Pastures online store at www.greener-pastures.ca.

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