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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
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
Featured Horses
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Devgru - Arizona

Devgru - Arizona

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
Hello Walls - CALIFORNIA

Hello Walls - CALIFORNIA

This delightful 2007 mare has her very own blog! A++ Temperment! Calm & quiet at her 1st show! Fabulous training foundation! Read more... Read more


"FINALLY FABULOUS" or "FANNY" is a very pretty 2008 Chestnut mare, 15.2 hands.  Sport Horse including jumping, super Dressage too!  Fanny can do it all!  So very sweet, affectionate. Sire - Sky Approval Dam - Leading Memories. An experienced rider is best for Fanny. Adoption fee: $900.Located in ... Read more

C13-2913-09. CANTER-OWNED GELDING, "Yes It's Timmy"

"Yes It's Timmy" is everything that you love about Thoroughbreds: classically handsome, wonderfully personable, quite intelligent and a very good athlete. Timmy has solid time under saddle and is ready to find his forever home. Read more


2007 Dark Bay Mare. 16.2hh.  "Bella" has a FANCY TROT. GREAT SPORT HORSE CONFORMATION.  Doing well in Training and suitable for ANY DISCIPLINE.  Bella did not race and is still very green, so needs a very experienced rider - and she's worth it! ... Read more

Portrait Fundraising Event

Hand-drawn portraits at affordable prices!!

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Winners Charity Promotion for CANTER

WinnersAuthor of Mystery Novel "Winners" Unbridles Charity Promotion to Raise
Critical Funds to Assist Retired Racehorses

Profits from Book Sales to be Donated to The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER)

LOS ANGELES – February 6, 2013 – Merle H. Horwitz, mystery novelist, has established the Merle H. Horwitz Racing Donations program to help racehorses no longer able to compete on the track. As part of the new program, Horwitz will donate all profits from the sale of his latest mystery novel, "Winners", to The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) for an indefinite period of time. Through CANTER's Website, the public can view thoroughbred racehorses that are ending their racing careers and are available for purchase to begin a new career.

Although horses can live to be 30, most racehorses must retire before the age of six. The majority of them face uncertain futures when they are non-competitive or injured on the racetrack. Equine charities such as CANTER face a daunting task in raising awareness of the plight of many retired racehorses and the critical funds needed for rehabilitation and retraining for new careers. Horwitz saw an opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of former racehorses through the sales of "Winners".

For purposes of this charity promotion benefitting CANTER, the 350-page mystery novel is available in paperback format only, retails for $13.95 and must be purchased at the following link:

"Whether it be the sheer pleasure of watching thoroughbreds run or the inspiration they provide to me as I put pen to paper, they have given to me in many ways throughout my life," said Horwitz, a young 84-year-old who grew up in Pasadena near Santa Anita Park. "Now I'd like to do something to give back to these magnificent athletes. This way, we can all contribute."

"We are extremely grateful to Merle Horwitz for choosing CANTER as the charity to benefit from the nationwide promotion and sales of 'Winners'," said CANTER Executive Director Nancy Koch. "Donating all profits to charity is extremely generous. Since CANTER has no paid staff and all donations are spent to transition thoroughbreds, we believe this program can help a lot of racehorses, so we are just thrilled!"

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Racetrack CANTER Supporters

THANKS to RACETRACKS for supporting CANTER in their Thoroughbred After Care Programs:

  • TURF PARADISE and GM Vincent Francia

We have great news from Colorado to share with you! Arapahoe Park donated $10,000 to CANTER Colorado. Read more



Welcome to CANTER

CANTER stands for The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses. CANTER started as a solution to help racehorses find new careers by connecting buyers and sellers through posting racehorses for sale on the Internet. The program quickly became a national web-based phenomenon.  Since the first CANTER Michigan program started in 1997, it and has grown to include affiliates in Arizona, California, Colorado, Gulf South, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Mid Atlantic, New England, Ohio, Pennsylvania. All the CANTER programs are all-volunteer organizations with 501c3 non profit status.

The affiliates in Arizona, California, Kentucky, Michigan, Mid Atlantic, New England and Ohio have also expanded their CANTER programs to include owner relinquished horse adoption programs, where CANTER assumes ownership of the horse and all associated expenses.  Many of these CANTER Phase II programs have affiliations with veterinary colleges such as Michigan State University and Ohio State University, where horses receive necessary surgical procedures to return to soundness.




CANTER thanks Thoroughbred Charities of America, TCA, for its support of our CANTER program in 2013!


Thank You ASPCA

ASPCA_2011 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!

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Barrel Racing OTTB Style!

The Ultimate Showdown is scheduled for 2014! Save the date Sept 5th for a night of OTTB fast fun!

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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!

Ways You Can Help!

GoodSearch: You Search...We Give! - The search engine with a unique social mission. It's powered by Yahoo!, so you get great search results, and each time you search, GoodSearch makes a donation to CANTER!

GoodShop: You Shop...We Give! - The new online marketplace that donates a percentage of your purchase to CANTER. You can choose from hundreds of popular merchants and the experience of shopping through GoodShop is exactly the same as going to the retailer's websites directly.