When CJ Marinaccio of Canyon Country worked at a racetrack in her 20s and 30s, she probably didn’t see herself in the position she is today. Horses have been a priority since she was a child, so she’s always had the passion – it’s her purpose that’s changed.
“I worked at the racetrack from 2005 until 2015 and saw many horses come to the track and go from being treated like champions to being forgotten about when they were done,” Marinaccio said. “I decided to be in their lives in a different capacity. They had enough to help them on the track. They needed help getting off of it.”
What Marinaccio did to get herself on track with her new goal was to form a non-profit to help retired racehorses make their transition from track life to thriving in a new discipline. In October of 2015 she founded Win, Place, Home, Inc.
“When we get a horse we gently let them down from being a racehorse,” she said. “If they come uninjured, we then give them a month or two to just be a horse, to help their mind.”
Horses with injuries begin a physical program to get the healing process started.
“If they are injured we help them through their rehabilitation until they are ready to get to work. We then help them figure out what discipline they would like to do!” Marinaccio said. “Jumping, dressage, western, trail, polo, barrel racing, etc. They will learn the basics in their chosen discipline and then will be ready to be adopted out.”
Win, Place, Home has obtained six horses so far and adopted out two of them.
Birtwick Park Equestrian Center is located at 16257 Lost Canyon Road in Canyon Country. For more information about the organization, visit WinPlaceHome.org.
2nd Annual Win, Place, Home Silent Auction and Gala
A wide range of items will be there for the bidding at the upcoming Win, Place, Home Silent Auction and Gala held at Birtwick Park Equestrian Center on April 21 from 6:30-9 p.m. More than 100 guests are expected to gather among the horses in the barn for drinks, appetizers and shopping.
Rain or shine, the family-friendly event will also include a bounce house and a chance to meet two miniature unicorns.
Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. Guests under 21 years old are free. Last year the event raised more than $11,000 for the non-profit. For more information, visit http://winplacehome.org/index.php/12-silent-auction.
Hero of the Week – Stephanie Wehan
“She has been calling businesses for donations, picking up items, getting the word out on social media, and even buying extra supplies to donate to the night,” said CJ Marinaccio, founder/trainer at Win, Place, Home, Inc. “Her father also donated items for people to bid on! She’s been monumental in helping get as much money donated as possible.”