It all began with one OTTB.
Background on the Director and Back on Track
Director/Producer/Writer Kara Colvin has always loved horses. When Kara was 16, she and her parents purchased an off-the-track Thoroughbred for her birthday - Jake. Jake has been her eventing partner and best friend ever since.
As an OTTB owner, Kara has always had an interest in the racing industry and off-the-track Thoroughbreds. While attending Savannah College of Art and Design for her BFA in Film & Television, she began looking into a way to give a voice to the horses that she has always loved.
Back on Track was initially created in 2011 for a SCAD documentary class. The short film was 12 minutes long and focused on Lisa Molloy at New Vocations, Three Chimneys Farm's "Take Care of Our Own" policy, Graham Motion and Herringswell Stables and Hall of Fame Jockey Pat Day.
The short film was a huge success and won the "Robert O. Levitt Ocean Silver Award" at the National Geographic's Gray’s Reef 2013 Ocean Film Festival.
In 2012, Kara began shaping Back on Track into a full length documentary. In 2013 a Kickstarter Campaign was successfully completed to help finance the full length feature film version.
The short-short documentary Albie was created during the process of Back on Track. Albie will be sent to film festivals to help promote the release of the feature film and spread the word about OTTBs to smaller film festivals.
Albie was completed in February 2014 and is currently being submitted to film festivals.
Back on Track will finish filming in Summer 2016. Post-production will begin in 2017.
About the Film
In the world of American Thoroughbred horse racing, not all retired racehorses get a second chance once their racing careers have ended. Back on Track's goals are to promote aftercare for off-the-track Thoroughbreds (“OTTBs”) once their racing careers are over; support responsible horse ownership from owners, trainers, and breeders; explore various possibilities for a unified racing government that has universal regulations for all racing states; support medication reform in racing; encourage tracks to support or sponsor aftercare programs; showcase off-the-track Thoroughbreds as versatile horses for any and all disciplines after their track days are over; and help fund the organizations who care for off-the-track Thoroughbreds to give them second careers and/or homes.
Back on Track crew will be traveling across the United States filming at various facilities that rehabilitate, retrain, adopt, retire and care for OTTBs. The film seeks to promote and highlight the organizations and individuals that dedicate their time and resources to giving these horses second careers after the track. The careers of off-the-track Thoroughbreds can range anywhere from the multi-disciplined sport horses to the gentle and quiet therapeutic horses for children with disabilities. The film was created to demonstrate the potential of off-the-track Thoroughbreds and the need for them to be protected and valued on and off the track.
Back on Track takes a careful look at some of the issues that American racing faces today. These subjects include doping, slaughter, overbreeding and unwanted retired racehorses. The film views these issues through the individuals and organizations who participate in positive changes in the racing industry. Addressing these issues are essential, not only for the horses, but for the future of racing as well. There are multiple possible solutions and there are many horsemen stepping up to take an active role in protecting their horses and supporting racing reform.
Back on Track is pro-horseracing and hopes to encourage the public to support healthy racing and aftercare for OTTBs. It is the hope of Back on Track that public interest will rise and audiences will grow at the tracks after seeing the progressive side of thoroughbred racing. There are numerous owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys, veterinarians, backstretch workers, and others who care for and about these horses on and off the track. Every Thoroughbred should get the same care and respect once their racing days are over, and this is a responsibility that needs to be recognized.
Watching a horserace at the track is a truly awe-inspiring and exhilarating experience. The vast majority of horses love to race and when they do run, you can see the passion and excitement in them. The racetrack is only one part of a horse’s life and the next race is to make sure they have a life afterwards.
Back on Track seeks to show that through changes in the American Thoroughbred horse racing industry, the quality of life for Thoroughbreds on and off the track will improve, bringing back the original Sport of Kings.
Organizations and Professionals
- Central Kentucky Riding for Hope
- Old Friends
- ReRun, Inc.
- Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue
- Kentucky Equine Humane Center
- Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred After Care Program
- Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care
- Retired Racehorse Training Project
- Thoroughbred Placement Resources (TPR)
- Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA)
- North American Racing Academy (NARA)
- New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program
- WinStar Farm
- Herringswell Stables
- Thoroughbred Horse Show Association
- Hogan Equine at Fair Winds Farm
- Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue
- After the Finish Line
- Auction Horses Rescue
- United Pegasus Foundation
- CANTER KY
- War Horses at Rose Bower
- Water Hay Oats Alliance
- Stone Farm
- Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA)
- Great Meadow Foundation
- ASPCA Equine Fund
- ASPCA Million Dollar Rescuing Racers Initiative
- Little Brook Farm
- Homecoming Farm
- Gretchen Jackson
- Pat Day
- Graham Motion
- Chris McCarron
- Lisa Molloy
- Erin Pfister
- Kim Zito
- Patricia Hogan DVM, Diplomate, ACVS
- Tim Ritvo
- Sean Clancy
- Trish Bosley
- Heather Carlson
- Suzanne Liscouski
- Patti Fiedler
- Michael Blowen
- Diana Baker
- Case Clay
- Sheila Lyons, DVM
- Dennis Brida
- Amanda Graham
- Pat Kline
- Sarah Coleman
- Jenn O'Neill
- Ann Cothran
- Stuart Pittman
- Leanna Packard
- Marilyn Lee
- Karen Gustin
- Robin Hannah-Carlton
- Kim Clark
- Fred Stone
- Dawn Mellen
- Amy Hess
- Tony Chamblin
- Staci Hancock
- Dan Rosenberg
- Erin Crady
- Jim Squires
- Michael Pearson
- Dr. Robert O'Neil DMV
- Dr. Alfred C. Griffin