Retired Racehorse Project Blog: Layne Brogden

Over the next few months, we will be featuring blogs from trainers who have entered the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover later this year. 

Layne and her RRP 2021 entry, Cost of Capital.

My main passion is riding, it always has been, and it always will be. My parents own a large thoroughbred nursery called Machmer Hall, so they always hoped that I would be interested in the horses since my two older siblings are not.

Thoroughbreds are a large part of my life and without them I don’t know where I would be today. I always ask myself the question, “what would I do if I didn’t ride?” and to be honest, I don’t know. I’m so excited to attend the Retired Racehorse Project because it includes two of my favorite things: thoroughbreds and shows.

I think that the number of horses going to RRP 2021 is incredible and I’m so excited that I get to be a part of it. Ever since I first heard of RRP I new it was something I wanted to do, and now I have the best horse to do it on: Cost of Capital aka “Benji” is my 4 year old OTTB gelding who was just to slow for the racing career. As soon as I saw him out in the field I knew I wanted him to be my RRP horse!

Luckily, I get first pick on all the OTTBs that we retrain and sell to new loving homes through High Hoof Stables, but my mom said I cannot have anymore because I already have two… I love to make sure that horse who retire from racing find a soft landing, and the best part is I get to see a lot of them and their progress at the Retired Racehorse Project this year. I’m so excited to see how much they have learned with their new forever families. I’m looking forward to this new adventure at RRP 2021, and I hope to meet a lot of new people who love thoroughbreds just as much as I do. Here we come, rolling into 2021 ready for the best Retired Racehorse Project Show in history!Layne and Cost of Capital.