‘Back on Track.’ Is a documentary film about the growing problem of unwanted off-track Thoroughbreds (OTTB’s) and the people who do their best to give them a second chance.
This documentary is not about the dismal outcome that can come to these off the track thoroughbreds, but how to fix the problem and what is being done to help these horses. We have traveled the United States visiting barns, trainers, jockeys, breeders, volunteers, veterinarians, farriers, and adoption, retirement, and rehabilitation facilities who dedicate their lives to providing a better life for ex-racehorses. Everyone has different perspectives on how to help off the track thoroughbreds and we hope that their ideas will help create changes in the future.
Kara Colvin is the driving force behind this project which is seeking financial support through the web-based Kickstarter.com program.
Colvin says, “For the last two years we have filmed countless locations and individuals who are incredibly compassionate and devoted to these horses. At this time, we need a little help to continue with our mission to bring awareness to off the track thoroughbreds and everyone who helps them.
“The $12,000 we are asking for will first help us travel to all the locations we want to visit and film. So far we have traveled to parts of Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and New York. We want to make more trips to Virginia, New York and Kentucky as well as go to Louisiana, Texas and Ohio. It is important to us to try film everyone and anyone who wants to be involved. This film is a group effort through the entire thoroughbred industry. The more involvement we get, the more awareness these horses will receive.”
Donna Keen of Burleson, Texas reports that the film will also feature Remember Me Rescue, a non-profit horse rescue organization formed to assist retired and injured racehorses after their careers at the track are over. The organization is now planning their second annual OTTB Trainer Challenge and All Thoroughbred Horse Show to be held in March 2014.
With a goal to raise $5,000 for the documentary, RMR has set up a donation page on their website at http://www.teamkeen.com/filmbackontrack.html. Donations of all sizes are welcome, with a fundraising deadline of September 24th.
For more information on the project, go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/542769119/back-on-track.
The Texas Thoroughbred Association formed The Paddock Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization, to address the lifelong welfare of the Thoroughbred horse. The Paddock Foundation is a proud supporter of Texas organizations such as Lone Star Outreach to Place Ex-Racers, Remember Me Rescue and Triple Me Mac Equine Sanctuary.