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Program 708

1. “recycling” racehorses at ReRun
2. Mantle Rock Preserve
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Nicholas County

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ReRun Inc.

Producer: Charlee Heaton

Equine Retirement Plans


Even the most durable racehorse will have, on the average, 20 or more years of life left at the point when he or she is too old to compete on the track anymore. Those whose bloodlines and/or records are good enough settle down to lives of stud or broodmare duty, and a select few even spend their golden years as pampered celebrities. The rest of them are the focus of the horse-loving humans of ReRun, an organization started in Carlisle that finds new homes for retired thoroughbreds who might otherwise have nowhere else to go.

Those humans are led by founders Shon Wylie and Lori Neagle, who started ReRun to give horses a useful life beyond racing. They care for the horses—donated by owners—and then carefully screen potential homes until a good match can be found. Their efforts are rewarded by seeing both horse’s and human’s lives enriched. As Wylie puts it, “I don’t feel proud so much as just good. I sleep well at night.”

The idea is catching on elsewhere, too: ReRun has chapters in Virginia, New Jersey, and New York.

In our visit, host Dave Shuffett takes a few turns around the ring on Agriculture, a handsome “retiree,” and meets the horse’s new owner, Suzanne Cummins.

Livingston County

For more information:
Mantle Rock Preserve, c/o the Nature Conservancy, Kentucky Chapter, 642 W. Main St., Lexington, KY 40508, (859) 259-9655

Producer, videographer, editor: Gale Worth

Rocks of Ages

Mantle Rock Preserve

Tucked away in Western Kentucky’s Livingston County is a small pocket of the arches-and-rock-shelters topography usually associated with areas much farther east. Mantle Rock Preserve, owned and administered by the Nature Conservancy, contains an estimated 130 rock arches in just 367 acres. Mantle Rock itself, the largest, is 30 feet high and spans 188 feet.

As Dave tours the preserve with the Conservancy’s Jeff Sole, he learns about both the rare plants found there (even cactus, which thrives in the dry conditions found under deep rock overhangs) and the region’s historical significance. During the winter of 1838-39, the Mantle Rock area became a stop on the “Trail of Tears,” as Cherokees being forcibly removed west and their army escorts took shelter among the sandstone formations to wait out harsh weather.

The modern-day preserve includes about a mile of hiking trails.

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