About Us

Gate to Great is located near the Black Hills of South Dakota.  Home of several of the top sires of racing Thoroughbreds in South Dakota for over two decades, we now focus on producing "Great Geldings" through the Gate to Great program for off-track Thoroughbreds.

At Gate to Great, we provide a rehabilitation process that gives Thoroughbred geldings a chance to recover from the rigors of a racing career and time to develop new skills outside the racetrack environment. Relying on our experience using Thoroughbreds for ranch work, we expose former racehorses to tasks necessary for success in new vocations, be it on the range or in the arena.

Our Training Program

Our unique training program takes Thoroughbreds off the track and introduces them, at their own pace, to the ranching lifestyle.  They learn to negotiate rough, open terrain; work cattle, rope and deal with traffic, dogs, busy work areas and more. We specialize in retraining geldings for second careers as pleasure mounts.

Our Team

Dale and Dorothy make up the team at Gate to Great and bring a combined background in the Thoroughbred industry of over 50 years, from breeding, breaking and racing to show or ranch work on this versatile breed. They understand the process of developing the racehorse through years at the track and use that knowledge to retrain off-track Thoroughbreds on a ranch setting in western South Dakota. 

What's New

Check out our "Untracked Mind" blog

We answer your questions about retraining Thoroughbreds for off-track careers and share the stories of the horses on the ranch.

Where to Find Us:

Gate to Great
Newell, SD 57760


Preferred Method of Contact:
Phone: 605-569-2249




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