Thoroughbred racehorses give owners their all each time they compete. Horses provide us with thrills and memories to last a lifetime. Eventually, a racehorse retires from competition. An owner’s responsibility does not end after the final call to the post.
In 2011, West Point Thoroughbreds lost a cherished friend and faithful employee when Congie DeVito passed away due to complications from Osteogenesis Imperfecta (also known as brittle bone disease). In his honor, we’ve created Congie Black and Gold Fund to secure retirement of past, current, and future horses purchased and raced by WPT.
Congie was our first employee. He bravely faced his physical challenges, was a real inspiration to all of us, and absolutely loved horses – they were a huge part of his life. I can’t think of a better way to honor his memory than to secure a safe future for all runners that carry the black and gold.
The fund will go toward re-homing, re-training, shipping, and daily care and maintenance for West Point horses no longer competing on the track. All donations are tax deductible. WPT will also allocate resources to monitor horses lost by sale or claim, ensuring their safe retirement to the fullest extent possible.
We’ll raise funds for the initiative in three ways:
Below are some former WPT runners that have been successfully placed in second careers: