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After the Finish Line is going strong for horses

When, in a dismal economy, it comes to raising money for horses, Dawn Mellen stays positive. She doesn’t let negative thoughts crowd her head, choosing instead to focus relentlessly on uniting racing industry officials and horse rescues in efforts to support ex-racehorses after their track careers end. “I think owners and people in the racing industry should really think of giving back to the horses,” says Mellen, president of After the Finish Line, a 501 (c) 3 funding nonprofit. “They made a choice to come into the sport; and it’s a gamble. It’s a risk. And, if your horse gets […]