Our facility is located in Spencer, New York. Built in 1975, Settlement Stables was purchased by Collette and Tom in March of 2000. It has been home to a number of horses throughout the years, operating as a riding lesson and horse training facility. In the fall of 2011, the [now] board members made their first visit to the backside of Finger Lakes Race Track in Farmington, New York and recognized the need for a thoroughbred aftercare program in our area. The name was officially changed to Second Chance Thoroughbreds, Inc. in 2012 and our attention was turned to retraining retired racehorses for new careers. We are home to a number of retired thoroughbreds in all stages of retraining as well as four dogs (Marley, Max, Benny and Willow) and two barn cats (Emerald and Butterball).
Our facility is comprised of a lighted indoor riding arena with attached 10 stall barn and an outdoor grass riding arena, both fitted with a variety of jumps. The facility has a feed room, an indoor heated tack room and a balcony with enclosed office overlooking the indoor arena. Our main pasture has gates that allow it to be sectioned off into five separate pastures with four large run-in sheds, all fenced with high tensile. Additionally, we use our outdoor arena for first time outside turnout to newer horses as it is fenced in flexible vinyl. There are two shallow ponds and wooded trails located on the property. We own a two horse slant trailer with attached dressing room that serves our transportation needs. The facility’s lighting was upgraded to energy-efficient LED in June 2015 thanks to NYSEG’s Small Business Energy Efficiency Program!
The mission of Second Chance Thoroughbreds, Inc. is to provide Off The Track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) with a soft landing after the end of their racing careers by giving them ample rehabilitation and retraining, transitioning them to a new career. We also work to educate and demonstrate to the public how versatile and trainable thoroughbreds are through clinics, shows, parades, community events, etc. All stallions/colts are gelded upon arrival and all of our mares are adopted with a no breeding contract. We regularly network thoroughbreds needing homes in our area and maintain an active social media presence. Thoroughbreds are known for their athleticism, heart and desire to please. Ride an OTTB today!
We acquire many of our thoroughbreds straight off the track, specifically Finger Lakes Race Track in Farmington, New York. The majority of the horses we get from the track need urgent placement, have injuries or vices, are intact stallions or are at risk due to low listing prices. We also acquire horses from local at-risk sales ads (Craigslist, Facebook, etc.) and through owner surrenders. Many of these horses have been neglected, have ongoing lameness issues or are otherwise at risk as a result of their owners falling on hard times or being inexperienced in thoroughbred care. All of our thoroughbreds are assessed upon arrival and are rehabilitated accordingly before beginning a retraining regimen.
Our Board of Directors:
Second Chance Thoroughbreds, Inc. is an all-volunteer run organization whose board members meet and communicate regularly throughout the year.
Executive Director, Trainer
Collette is an accomplished horse owner and trainer with over 30 years of experience. She purchased the facility in March of 2000 and began her equine activities with horse training and riding lessons. Collette got her first off the track thoroughbred as a teenager and successfully showed as a hunter/jumper, competing in many local and rated shows. She continues to be an active rider and has retrained many thoroughbreds throughout the years. Collette has always admired the heart and athleticism of the breed and after recognizing the need for a thoroughbred aftercare program, she created Second Chance Thoroughbreds, Inc. The goal of the organization is not only to retrain thoroughbreds for new careers, but to help prevent them from ending up in bad situations, neglected or being sent to auction. With the creation of Second Chance Thoroughbreds, Inc., Collette hopes to continue to retrain and find great homes for OTTB’s, preventing them from ending up at slaughter and the unknown, and also to help educate the public about the breed and post-racing careers.
Director, Secretary, Rider
Robyn Null is the owner and trainer of the Robyn’s Nest Farm operation, she has 30+ years of experience riding and training horses and brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the arena. Her love of horses began when she was a very young girl. By the age of 8 she was taking riding lessons, and continues her education to this day. Robyn was very fortunate to have learned her strong riding foundation from the late Julie Clayton of Cold Spring Farm. She entered the show ring at the age of 12, and has shown hunter, jumpers and equitation divisions successfully. Robyn worked for Little Brook Farm, owned and operated by Gary and Donna Duffy for several years. She assisted in breaking ponies, schooling ponies, grooming, and horse show preparation.
During her formative years Robyn was a member of the United States Pony Club and achieved a Pony Club “B” rating. The USPC was a great foundation for learning and understanding horse management.
Robyn had the privilege of serving as the Coach of the Binghamton University Equestrian Club in the clubs early years, she qualified members of the team for participation in multiple regional/zone finals during her tenure. Robyn served as the chair of the New York State 4H Hunt Seat committee for 4 years, during this time she organized and ran the Hunt Seat State Fair finals.
Robyn continues to be hungry for knowledge,and attends several clinics and lectures throughout the year, as well as engaging in open dialogue with many of her peers. She believes in hard work and understanding the bond between horse and rider. She prides herself in helping her students “feel the horse”, her approach to learning is old school, no gimmicks, no quick fixes and positive reinforcement.
Robyn’s students compete successfully at the local show level as well as the AA level in the following divisions, hunter’s, jumpers and equitation. She is always willing and excited about sharing her knowledge with whoever wants to learn.
Second Chance Thoroughbreds, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the Internal Revenue Service. Our EIN # is 46-1182639. We are also registered with the New York State Attorney General’s Office Charities Bureau Registry. Our registration # is 43-82-19. Our 501(c)(3) status became effective October 1, 2012 and all donations to Second Chance Thoroughbreds, Inc. are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Our funding comes from a variety of sources. We are mainly funded through grants and gifts from charitable organizations. We also receive donations from private individuals, funds from our riding education program and from adoption fees. Our fundraisers include the Thoroughbred Jubilee Benefit Horse Show, open house events, Booster T-Shirt sales, Benefit Wine sales, Zazzle product sales and other projects.
The main focus of Second Chance Thoroughbreds, Inc. is on the retraining and re-homing of thoroughbred racehorses with the majority of our funding and time spent on this aspect of our organization. Thoroughbreds acquired from both on and off the track are assessed and given downtime or rehabilitation before beginning a retraining program suited to the individual needs of the horse. Once in training, thoroughbreds are transitioned to a new career and are eventually offered for adoption with a no racing/no auction/no breeding contract with right of first refusal to ensure future safety.
A second program offered is our established horsemanship and riding lesson program. Second Chance Thoroughbreds, Inc. offers year-round lessons and a summer riding program for children and adults. The program is designed to teach riding skills and horse management with specific emphasis on thoroughbred aftercare. For more information, see Lesson and Summer Riding Programs.
We host an annual benefit horse show event, the Thoroughbred Jubilee Benefit Horse Show. Offering a range of divisions including Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) classes, the Thoroughbred Jubilee Benefit Horse Show is a two day event dedicated to showcasing the athleticism of the thoroughbred while celebrating their past accomplishments and successful transitions to new careers.
We host bi-annual low-cost gelding clinics open to all breeds in an effort to help curb over-breeding. The Social Club Initiative Gelding Program was created in the spring of 2013 and had two successful clinics in 2013 and one in 2015, resulting in the gelding of 22 colts and stallions to date. Check back regularly for upcoming clinic information!
Additional Organizational Information:
Our Veterinarian – Cornell Ambulatory Clinic
Our Farrier – Denis Boncek
Our Dentist – Jenniffer Longwell, The GiftHorse Equine Denistry
We are located just 22 miles away from the equine hospital at Cornell Veterinary School and have access to equine specialists.
Our mailing address is:
Second Chance Thoroughbreds, Inc.
121 Dawson Hill Road,
Spencer, New York 14883
We can also be reached by phone, (607) 589-7669 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.