The Standardbred is a smart, talented and experienced breed. Across Canada, retired Standardbreds are starting second careers in jumping, dressage, western pleasure, trail riding, as ambassadors and more. They have the ability to do well in other disciplines, because they are trained to be athletes. From coast to coast, people and organizations are seeing the potential of the Standardbred and taking the time to help make a smooth transition from racing life.
Many retired Standardbreds are used as road or carriage horses and participate on a recreational or competitive level.
The Canadian Road Horse Association has events at numerous fairs and exhibitions throughout the year and several events at the Royal Winter Fair.
There are different provincial Road and Carriage Horse Associations.
Standardbreds make excellent pleasure horses and many are retrained for another discipline after their racing or breeding days are over.
Standardbreds take part in competitive trail rides.
The Standardbred Showcase Riding Club is an organization focused on showing off re-homed and retrained Standardbreds. Throughout the summer months, the Standardbred Showcase hosts shows throughout Ontario in twenty different classes.
Standardbred focused projects can be found throughout the world. Many retired Standardbreds are used as ambassadors to promote the breed and racing in special events, open house events, parades, programs like the Ontario Harness Horse Association’s Hands On Horses.
Standardbreds are also taking up other occupations as well, and some horses have jobs working with adults and kids with disabilities. Their calm and understanding nature makes this a rewarding and safe experience for those involved.
Standardbreds experience so many different things while racing, making their transition after leaving the raceway a positive one for horse and owner. Standardbreds are so versatile; they can do a little bit of everything!