Saving Retired Thoroughbreds Is As Easy As Enjoying A Glass Of Racehorse Wine

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RustRidge Winery donates 10% of Racehorse wine revenues to help find good homes for retired racehorses.

RustRidge Winery, the world’s only winery that trains racehorses in its vineyards, recently partnered with the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) to fund racehorse retirement programs.

Beginning with the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May and continuing throughout the 2012 Triple Crown racing season, RustRidge will donate 10% of sales revenues from Racehorse Red and Racehorse White to CANTER programs.

Jim Fresquez, co-owner and horse trainer at RustRidge, has been training horses for over 30 years. He says Rustridge has “17 retired racehorses and one foal living on the property, and the work that CANTER does is very close to our hearts.” Co-owner and winemaker Susan Meyer adds that the winery named Racehorse wines in honor of its passion for these amazing athletes: “supporting CANTER through sales of our Racehorse wines was a natural fit,” she added.

CANTER executive director Nancy Koch is pleased to have Rustridge’s support. “CANTER’s mission is to help thoroughbreds find new homes once their racing careers end. We wish everybody took care of retiring their racehorses like Jim and Susan do at RustRidge,” she said. CANTER works behind the scenes across the country to aid retired horses, and has helped over 17,000 thoroughbreds find new careers since 1997.

Racing’s Triple Crown begins with the famed Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, May 5th, continues with the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland on May 19th, and concludes with the Belmont Stakes, on Saturday, June 11th. These three races are viewed by millions around the world and attract the finest three-year-old racehorses on the planet.

However, there are thousands of thoroughbreds that don’t make it to the top of the sport. At least 3,000 of these are retired every year, usually no later than age six. Unfortunately, more than half of racetrack retirees are euthanized, abandoned, or exported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. The CANTER/RustRidge alliance aims to support these animals by helping them find good homes where they can enjoy the rest of their days. To support CANTER through the purchase of Racehorse wines, or for more information about the partnership between RustRidge and CANTER, go to

RustRidge Winery hearkens back to the good old days in Napa, when the owners of a small family-run winery would personally greet visitors to their tasting room with a smile. For more than 20 years, the husband and wife team of Jim Fresquez and Susan Meyer have bred Thoroughbred racehorses and crafted gold-medal winning artisanal Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and other varietal wines from RustRidge’s sustainably dry-farmed vineyards. Susan and Jim operate a western style B&B and also make their home at RustRidge Ranch, with their 18 horses, 13 cats, and three dogs.

The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) provides retiring Thoroughbred racehorses with opportunities for new careers. Through their website, CANTER provides the means for the public to view racehorses that are ending their racing careers and are available for purchase or adoption. CANTER volunteers regulary walk racetrack shedrows, taking listings and photographs for posting to the website. At most affiliate racetracks, trainers may donate or sell their horse to CANTER and the organization will find approved non-race homes for the horses.

For more information about RustRidge Winery, go to, contact Chuck Flanders at 707-260-4614, or email chuck(at)rustridge(dot)com.

For more information about CANTER, go to, contact Nancy Koch at 330-697-4460, or email nancyk(at)canterusa(dot)org.

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