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About Us

After the Finish Line was founded in 2007. Prior to our start we gained an understanding of aftercare by volunteering with other Off Track Thoroughbred organizations. This opened our eyes to the need for additional funding sources for the horses. Our backgrounds as entrepreneurs, business executives, racehorse and Off Track Thoroughbred owners have helped us create a presence throughout the United States.

We are the only Off Track Thoroughbred charitable organization offering a Monthly Grant program that allows us to respond quickly to calls for help. Delaying medical attention and surgery for OTTB’s can decrease their chances for life-long health and soundness. The sooner they receive quality care, the sooner they can begin the healing process, and the sooner they can be adopted.

We also assist aftercare organizations with unexpected expenses that are not budgeted for and when their funds run low due to economic conditions. Examples include awarding grants for horses no longer wanted due to racetrack injuries, providing hay grants when prices rise due to low availability, auction rescue, surgery grants and flying horses from the islands to the contiguous United States for adoption.

We are passionate about and recognize the special qualities of the Thoroughbred breed. They are celebrities that draw fans to racetracks across the country. They should all be respected for their individual achievements knowing their abilities differ greatly. Their racing careers can be short lived if they do not have the talent to earn money or if they become injured. We need to give them the opportunity to excel in a second career or retire due to injuries. We applaud the racing industry and horse racing fans who advocate for the welfare of horses during their racing careers and after their racing and breeding careers are over.

Dawn Mellen

Victoria Campbell

Michael Mellen