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The horses rehomed through the Life AFTER Racing Standardbred adoption program have gone on to do many different activities including public displays, pleasure, companion horse, pony club and competition. We even had one of our adoption horses immortalised as a character in a children’s book.

For further information or to rehome your Standardbred, please call:

Caroline Jeffs
0458 250 123

the Adoption Kit

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he Standardbred Adoption Program was founded by Caroline Jeffs in 2003 as a way for trainers and owners of Standardbreds to rehome their horses into pleasure and performance home, free of charge. With the help of Peta and Richard Downes, the adoption program has rehomed over 300 horses since it was started. afterlogo

When trainers/ owners place their horses into the adoption program, they are asked to sign a Donation Agreement and provide copies of harness racing papers. As AFTER does not transfer ownership through the harness racing authority, these documents are used as verification of the donation and help avoid disputes about ownership. These documents are retained by AFTER as a record of the donation. As an added precaution, we recommend that the trainer/ owner of the horse de-register the horse from racing with the relevant harness racing authority


People adopting a horse through AFTER must join the association for a minimum period of two years and are required to sign an Adoption Agreement which stipulates the terms and conditions of the adoption program.

It is a condition of the adoption program that horses are not to be raced or used for any other commercial purpose.

For the first 12 months, the horse remains the property of AFTER and is given to the adoptee on a 12 month probationary period. During this probationary period, the adoptee is responsible for all upkeep of the horse and is required to have two well-being checks (one at 6 months and one at 12 months) performed by a veterinarian who provides a report to AFTER about the condition of the horse.

If at the end of the twelve months the adoptee is happy with the horse and the AFTER Committee is satisfied that the horse is being well maintained and all adoption conditions have been met; AFTER will sign over the horse to the adoptee on the condition that they rejoin AFTER for a further 12 months.

If during the 12 month probation period, the adoptee is unable to keep the horse, the horse must be rehomed through AFTER; the adoptee is not allowed to sell the horse or give the horse to another party. AFTER understands that people’s circumstances sometimes change, therefore, if at any time after the probationary period the adoptee can no longer keep the horse, AFTER will happily find the horse a new home.

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