CANTER-Texas now open for business

Laura Holmes, founder of popular Facebook page OTTB Connect, has founded CANTER-Texas.

Laura Holmes, founder of popular Facebook page OTTB Connect, has founded CANTER-Texas.

Laura Holmes, the mastermind behind the dynamic Facebook page OTTB Connect, officially launched the 12th chapter of CANTER (Communications Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses) this week in Texas.

Citing the lack of a Thoroughbred sales listing service in that state, in which retiring ex-racehorses can be listed for sale, Holmes founded the new CANTER-Texas to serve racetracks in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, and will serve as executive director.

“We have volunteers who will take regular listings from those tracks, so we can help people find their horse, or sell their horse,” says Holmes, who notes that the new service will work collaboratively with Thoroughbred charities LOPE (LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racehorses), which recently discontinued taking Trainer Listings, and with and Remember Me Rescue.

“LOPE is focusing more on clinics, training and re-homing,” Holmes says, noting that CANTER-Texas’ main function will be to populate a database of available horses, which will also include Quarter Horse and Arabian breeds.

“Our goal is to work together with others in the horse world to help the horses,” she says, noting that LOPE and Remember Me Rescue have been supporting her effort.

Just out of the box, CANTER-Texas has already re-homed seven horses!

Beginning with the off-track Thoroughbred Into the Rush— who was the very first horse re-homed by CANTER-Texas, six others were rehomed immediately.

Mike's Storm H is among the available horses at CANTER-Texas.

Mike’s Storm is among the available horses at CANTER-Texas.

“We started listing last Saturday (March 15) at Sam Houston. We listed 11 horses, and we were able to home six of them right away. It was a huge rush. It was the last meet. We busted our butts to help these horses get homes through the listings,” she says, noting that a seventh horse found a “very, very nice place” in Kentucky.

Holmes decided to found a CANTER-Texas chapter after several years of overseeing her Facebook page OTTB Connect. Increasingly, Texas came onto her radar, with either needy horses in that state, or residents looking to buy or sell.

“There has been very positive feedback from trainers and buyers who are looking forward to owning an ex-racehorse,” Holmes adds. “We are very excited to be able to provide this program to the Texas racing industry and help find new careers for these talented and versatile horses.”

CANTER Texas is registered with the state, and is in the process of applying for its 501 c 3 status.

For more information on ex-racehorses, volunteer opportunities, or to make a donation, please visit CANTER Texas at:

5 responses to “CANTER-Texas now open for business”

  1. Marcos Galvez

    Hello Laura, I was please to find out that there was such an opportunity for such noble animals. I have tried numerouse time to make contact with the Canter through the texas website and have failed to get a responce to this day. Cn you forward a number or any contact info that might help?

    Thank you

  2. Kay bergin

    Great work Laura!

  3. Ellen Brayshaw

    Outstanding Laura we need this in every state such as best to you El

  4. Susan Crane-Sundell

    Into the Rush indeed! More horses will be noticed and have a chance to get great homes thanks to your efforts. We’re cheering you and your volunteers on. Laura congratulations on establishing CANTER Texas and your first placement horse couldn’t be more aptly named!

  5. Canter Michigan

    CANTER welcomes Laura Holmes and CANTER Texas to its successful CANTER affiliates across the country who have transitioned nearly 20,000 thoroughbreds. We know Laura will have a major impact on the lives of thoroughbreds in Texas.
    Thanks Laura!

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