Largest halter auction ever will benefit foster child adoption and retired horses

A charity online auction of halters and other Thoroughbred memorabilia will benefit Thursday's Child and Our Mim's Retirement Haven.
A charity online auction of halters and other Thoroughbred memorabilia will benefit Thursday’s Child and Our Mim’s Retirement Haven.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2016) – A halter worn by Thoroughbred racing’s first ever Grand Slam champion American Pharoah will be among memorabilia for sale at in an online charity auction Sept. 30 through Oct. 5 to benefit the adoption of foster children and retired horses.

The primary memorabilia being offered are halters worn by Thoroughbred racehorses, stallions and broodmares.

Thursday’s Child and Our Mim’s Retirement Haven have combined their charities to offer the largest collection of worn halters to date to benefit each other’s nonprofit causes via, the Lexington-based online Thoroughbred sales operation.

Also included in the auction will be worn horseshoes by horses that are still racing as well as other donated horse racing memorabilia. Some designated halters will roll over to Oct. 6 for a live and silent auction at Equus Run Vineyards in Lexington.

Thursday’s Child is a nonprofit organization that works to place foster kids with adoptive families in Kentucky and was started September 1989 and to date has facilitated over 2000 successful adoptions.

Our Mim’s Retirement Haven in Bourbon County was founded in 2006 and is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue and care of retired racehorses and broodmares and was home to Calumet Farms 1977 Eclipse champion filly Our Mim’s, who was rescued in 2000 by founder Jeanne Mirabito and cared for until her passing in 2003. The Haven is also home now to 1997 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Elmhurst.

Both of charities are expressing their gratitude to the Kentucky, U.S., Irish, English and Australian horse farm that donated items for the auction.

“This has been a labor of love to help both charities,” said Jason Wilkerson, who spent three months assembling the donations and who works closely with both nonprofit organizations.

American Pharoah in 2015 won Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown – the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes – for the first time in 37 years, then took the Breeders’ Cup Classic to become the first Grand Slam champion. He now stands at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Woodford County.

Other racehorse halters in the auction will be from: California Chrome, Runhappy, Stellar Wind, Stonetastic and Miss Temple City.

Stallion halters are: Pioneer Of The Nile, Empire Maker, Curlin, Yankee Gentleman, Lucky Pulpit, Giant’s Causeway, Will Take Charge, Big Brown, Giacomo, Grindstone, Bodemeister, Work All Week, Mizzen Mast, Devil His Due, Kanarthos, Congaree, Mobil, The Green Monkey, Shackleford, Perfect Soul, and Touch Gold.

Broodmare halters are: Royal Delta, Bella Jolie, Littleprincessemma, Havre De Grace, Better Than Honour, Wait A While, Leslie’s Candy, Mushka, Arch’s Gal Edith, Dreaming Of Anna, Love The Chase, Her Smile, Special Me, Forever Together.

International halters are: Ouija Board, Cape Cross, Raven’s Pass, and Invincible Spirit.