American Wood Fibers Partners with Secretariat Center to Support Rehabilitation of Thoroughbred Racing Horses

American Wood Fibers Partners with Secretariat Center to Support Rehabilitation of Thoroughbred Racing Horses #eliteequestrian

American Wood Fibers Partners with Secretariat Center to Support Rehabilitation of Thoroughbred Racing Horses

AWF sole sponsor and supplier of horse bedding for the Center

  American Wood Fibers (AWF) today announced a new partnership with the Secretariat Center, located in the Horse Capital of the World at the world famous Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The company will serve as the sole sponsor and supplier of animal bedding, contributing to the Center’s upkeep and overall health of American Thoroughbreds. This sponsorship allows the Center to continue their impactful work, readying the horses for life after rehab.

Since 2004, the Secretariat Center has been considered the gold standard in retraining and rehabilitating former racehorses to prepare them for post-track careers. Through boarding and reschooling, the Center’s goal is to create harmonious matches with adopters and educate the community about the American Thoroughbred breed. To date, they have successfully rehoused more than 800 Thoroughbreds.

“We are so excited about our new partnership with AWF,” said Shelley Mann, Executive Director of the Secretariat Center. “As our exclusive sponsor, they are helping us keep our stalls clean and comfortable, contributing to the health and wellbeing of our Thoroughbreds as we place them into loving families.”

The ongoing donation of animal bedding will help maintain the care and comfort of the horses housed at the facility. Most of the Thoroughbreds require stall rest for a successful transition, and AWF’s large flake shavings will create a better environment during their stay. The premium softwood shavings are all-natural and eco-friendly.

“AWF is incredibly proud to support the Secretariat Center,” said Michael Keefe, VP of Sales and Marketing. “We are honored to partner with a visionary nonprofit  who shares our enthusiasm for the equine industry.”

Despite temporarily closing their doors due to the pandemic, the Center was able to rehome 33 Thoroughbreds last year. The facility is now open and members of the community are welcome to attend virtual and in-person tours, watch training sessions and donate to their programs. Visit for more information.

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About American Wood Fibers: 

American Wood Fibers, founded in 1966, is a family-owned and operated business building a reputation as an industry leader through hard work and caring for the families that use our products.  The result is a people, pet, and planet-friendly brand that utilizes natural materials that are free from contaminants and quality tested. Our family wants your family to know you can rely on the consistent performance and wholesome quality of American Wood Fibers.

About the Secretariat Center:

The Secretariat Center is located in the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, the Horse Capital of the World. Our premier re-schooling facility showcases adoptable Thoroughbreds. Founded in 2004, the Secretariat Center uses its illustrious location to herald the athleticism of this amazing breed by teaching new skill sets to horses of all levels of ability.