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WPT Launches Congie Black and Gold Fund

February 16, 2012 · By Terry Finley · Share

One year ago today, 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 the Congie Black and Gold Fund to secure the retirement of past, current, and future horses purchased and raced by WPT.

Click here to learn more and to see some former runners that have been successfully placed in retirement homes over the past few years.

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.

Financial aspects of the Congie Black and Gold Fund will be administered by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF). These funds 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:

  • Beginning in 2012, financials for each new partnership formed by West Point will include a $1,000 donation to the fund.
  • Going forward, $10 per start per horse will be drawn from the partnership to be placed into the fund on behalf of that runner’s future, with WPT matching this amount.
  • Individual donations to augment the fund may be mailed to:

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

Congie Black and Gold Fund

PO Box 3387

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

**Please be sure include Congie Black and Gold Fund in your check memo.

Why did we form the fund and why now? Here’s our take - we can evaluate and analyze the horse retirement situation this country until the cows come home, but the bottom line is that individual owners have to step up and take the vast majority of the responsibility for the retirement of horses that carry their colors. In a fragmented industry, I don’t see this issue being solved on a national basis any time soon, but that doesn’t diminish owners’ responsibility to their equine athletes.

For more information on the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, click here.