|Texas Jockeys Sport LOPE Logo
Texas jockeys are showing support for LOPE Texas, a nonprofit racehorse
placement program, by wearing a custom-made LOPE logo patch on their pants.
At Sam Houston Race Park, several jockeys began wearing the eye-catching
LOPE patches during the
recent Thoroughbred racing meet.
“Jockeys essentially make their living riding horses. Because
of this, we have a shared obligation to help provide an education to our
fellow horsemen and racing fans on the importance of finding suitable
homes for ex-racers. Every jockey longs for a happy and safe end to their
riding career, no matter how long or short it may be. The horses we ride
deserve the same happiness. The LOPE Texas patch, worn on the jockeys’
pant leg, is a symbol of the respect and love that all of us feel for
the horses that we ride,” says jockey Deirdre Panas.
LOPE Texas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit devoted to providing new careers
for retiring ex-racehorses of all breeds in Texas. It does this through
its online services and ranch adoption center. Since 2003, LOPE Texas
has helped over 250 ex-racehorses transition into new homes after their
racing careers ended.
“We are so touched that Texas jockeys would show their support
for LOPE in such a strong and visible way,” says LOPE Executive
Director Lynn Rorke. “They know the horses so well and care so much
about them. It is truly an honor that they have chosen our logo to wear
on behalf of the horses.”
In addition to the Texas jockeys, LOPE Texas would like to thank its
partners and sponsors (Texas Horseman Partnership, Nutrena Feeds and Austin
Equine Associates) for their continued support of the LOPE Texas adoption
and placement programs.
For more information, visit the LOPE Texas website at www.lopetx.org
or contact LOPE Executive Director Lynn Rorke, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (512) 565-1824.