Browse listings of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses that are available from CANTER Illinois.
Adopting a CANTER-owned horse is a 5 step process. Please note that CANTER Illinois’ listings are generally TRAINER-owned and the process differs. For Trainer-owned horses, please contact the person in the horse’s ad directly. CANTER is here to help you but we do not get involved otherwise.
Click on one of the steps to learn more about adopting a CANTER-owned horse.
Anyone interested in adopting a CANTER-owned horse is required to fill out the Adoption Approval Form, which can be found on the website. It should only take you 10-15 minutes to fill it out online. Please note that most horses on the CANTER Illinois page are TRAINER-owned and the process differs dramatically. To purchase a TRAINER-owned horse, please contact the person in the horse’s ad. CANTER volunteers are here to help you, but we do not get involved otherwise.
You can also print out the pdf and mail it to the contact address listed on this page.
Please call your veterinary clinic to let them know they will be receiving a Vet Reference and ask them to respond to it.
Please fill out the Approval Form even if you don’t yet see the right horse for you. You may be pre-approved when you find your horse. If you wait, the horse you want may be adopted by someone who is already approved.
Once CANTER approves you, you are approved to adopt a CANTER-owned Thoroughbred from any CANTER affiliate.
Once your Approval Form has been processed you will be notified by e-mail stating that you are either approved or not approved. If not approved, the reasons will be explained.
The horse’s adoption fee must be paid before the horse is transported. The fee may be paid by cash, check, Master Card or Visa. If the horse needs additional certificates for shipping, there may be a charge for those services.
The Conditional Lifetime Bill of Sale (see attachments at end of this page) must be signed before the horse leaves our facility. The Conditional Lifetime Bill of Sale is a binding legal contract between you and CANTER. Make sure that you read the Bill of Sale and understand it completely.
Once the adoption fee has been paid, the adopter arranges transportation. If transportation is needed, talk to your CANTER representative. All horses must be picked up in a trailer large enough for a the horse.
Click on a button below to find resources to help you in finding, adopting, and caring for Thoroughbred ex-racehorses.
CANTER Illinois could not do any of it's amazing work without you!
CANTER Illinois exists solely on donations and volunteers. Every dollar and hour donated goes to help these horses get proper medical care, a comfortable place to stay, a full belly, and tools to speed the transition from track life to their new careers.
CANTER Illinois is a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Non-profit organization; your donations are tax deductible.
We need you!
CANTER Illnois is a 100% volunteer organization and is always in need of volunteers to help retiring Thoroughbred racehorses transition into new careers.
Contact us to learn more about how you can help!
CANTER Illinois’ trainer listings is a free service offered to racing trainers and owners to help find non-race homes for their retiring racehorses. There are no fees charged to buyers or sellers.
We are a volunteer-run organization, and always looking for help in the Saint Louis/Southern Illinois areas. Volunteers assist with fundraising, friendraising and visiting racetracks to meet with trainers.
Jodi Ladner, Co-Executive Director
Jodi could be found on horseback as a young girl in Ottawa, Canada. She was active in the Ottawa Valley Hunt Pony Club, and competed in hunter, jumper and eventing disciplines. After college, her trainer found an Off The Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) in a field north of Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. This was the beginning of a long-term love affair with the Thoroughbred.
Upon moving to Saint Louis, Jodi travelled with her friend Aletta to Fairmount Park Race Track to see a retiring thoroughbred they found on Craigslist. Although not destined to be “her” horse, this visit was the driving force behind her and Aletta’s drive to re-start the then dormant CANTER Illinois. Jodi now rides and trains her OTTB Carter, a then 9 year old gelding that she found at Fairmount Park Race Track.
Aletta Martin, Co-Executive Director
Aletta began riding as a young girl, is an “A” level pony clubber and quickly worked her way up the levels to eventually compete as a 3 and 4 Star Rider, both in North America and Europe.
Aletta co-runs CANTER Illinois and is passionate about Thoroughbred aftercare and finding viable 2nd careers for these big-hearted creatures.
7290 Princeton Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63130