Courses for horses


Suzee Norris, founder and board chair of Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds (HART), scratches Kenny’s Z, a retired, off-the-track thoroughbred, helped by HART. Fundraisers, such as the Courses for Horses Golf Tournament, restore health and function to many horses. Photo courtesy of Suzee Norris

Those who love golf or horses, or helping a good cause, can turn passion into purpose by attending the first “Courses for Horses” Golf Tournament to benefit Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds (HART) in Cocoa. It is presented by Arnott Air Suspension Products on Merritt Island.

The tournament will take place Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Turtle Creek Golf Club in Rockledge. 

“It’s a heavily landscaped, traditional old Florida course with well-manicured fairways and new Champions Bermuda Greens,” the website states.

HART defines its mission as “rescuing and re-homing off-­the­-track thoroughbreds. We believe that education and outreach will improve the lives of those in our community and the lives of the thoroughbreds we rescue.”

HART founder and board chair Suzee Norris related one horse’s story.

“Massarelli was a retired and malnourished thoroughbred we picked up from an owner facing hard times. We cared for him at HART. He was gaining weight and ready to begin training when we discovered he needed surgery. Through the dedication of HART workers and funds provided by the ASPCA, he underwent surgery and recovered well.”

Norris said that when a family visited Massarelli, they fell in love, adopting him. Renamed Tully, he participates in local shows.

Tully’s success story is one of many that HART and events such as the Courses for Horses Golf Tournament help make a reality.

The Turtle Creek Golf Club is at 1278 Admiralty Blvd. in Rockledge. Registration begins 7 a.m. with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $260 per foursome and $65 per player. Prepaid fees are required.

The fee includes a round of golf, greens fees, golf cart, continental breakfast, full barbecue lunch and more. In addition, there will be raffles, prizes, contests, awards and a hole-in-one prize.

For more information, go to, email or call 321-795-8967.