The Maritime Standardbred Pleasure Horse Association is an organization promoting the use of retired Standardbred racehorses as saddle horses. The Maritimes has a large Standardbred race horse community giving many opportunities for retirees to have a new life. Many Standardbreds each year find themselves learning new disciplines after life at the track. We are helping to dismiss some of the stigmas associated with the Standardbred by educating others about the breed.
Established in 2007, the goal of this organization is to promote the breed as an all-purpose pleasure horse through success stories and retraining techniques. As a network of people who communicate when horses are available for adoption aids in the success of this established rehoming program for eastern Canadian horses. Exposing the use of the breed is also encouraged through participation at local shows, parades, clinics, and conventions.