At Cowboy Syndicate, we’ve had the pleasure and privilege of getting to know some incredible folks. One of those amazing people is Lynn Reardon from LOPE Texas. LOPE (LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers) is an organization based in Texas that gives ex-racehorses new careers as trail horses, show horses or pets. Their facility helps to both rehab seriously injured horses and house those that are waiting to be adopted into new homes, while educating the public on the abilities of these amazing animals.
Lynn Reardon, LOPE’s Executive Director, has written a book, Beyond the Homestretch: What I Learned From Saving Racehorses, which chronicles her story of working with horses. The publisher’s synopsis of the book (which describes her work far better than we could) follows:
“In Beyond the Homestretch, Lynn Reardon shares an unlikely story. In 2002, she quit her Washington DC–area office job and moved to rural Texas to open the racehorse adoption ranch LOPE (LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers). Since then, LOPE has helped transition more than 725 thoroughbreds into new homes. Though now the director of this high-profile organization, Reardon didn’t learn to ride until she was an adult. Here she presents a vivid inside look into the world of horse racing, complete with colorful horses, jockeys, trainers, and gallop girls, depicting the insights horses can offer when we reevaluate our relationship with them.
In this riveting account, Reardon encounters dozens of unruly racehorses, all with special needs, unusual histories, and distinct personalities. As she fumbles to help them find new careers, they return the favor by becoming her most memorable mentors in horsemanship and life philosophy.
Horses such as Tawakoni, the son of a Kentucky Derby winner, and Endofthestorm, the speedy bay who required an emergency tracheotomy, give Reardon an apprenticeship in facing fear and finding a new life. Reardon may have saved these horses’ lives, but she points out that they saved hers as well. She takes readers for a thrilling ride filled with fiery racehorses, offbeat horse people, colorful Texas culture clashes, veterinary melodramas, and surprising lessons.”
The book will be released on November 1 by publisher New World Library and is available now for pre-order on Amazon.
The entire Cowboy Syndicate team is amazed by the incredible job that everyone at LOPE does. Their work is important and saves so many horses while giving them new purpose. If you’re looking for a horse, be sure to contact them, and if you’re just looking for an organization to support, consider LOPE Texas.
Be sure to reserve your copy of the book and check out the trailer video below – both will touch your heart!