Every Friday, Horse Nation teams up with Ovation Riding to spotlight individuals or organizations doing good work in the horse world. Today we recognize the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.
On November 18, 2o19, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced that $3,420,000 will be awarded as grants to 74 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations that currently hold TAA accreditation.
Since inception in 2012, the TAA has awarded more than $17.2 million in grants to accredited Thoroughbred aftercare organizations.
“The TAA is pleased to be able to award more than $3 million this year, especially with a growing list of accredited organizations,” TAA President Mike Meuser said.
“We know these funds will help our accredited organizations retrain, rehome and retire more Thoroughbreds. However, there is still work to be done and we urge racing industry stakeholders to continue to invest in Thoroughbred aftercare for the long-term survival of our sport.”
Earmarked specifically for equine care, TAA grants have helped accredited organizations assist more than 10,300 Thoroughbreds since 2012.
TAA-accredited organizations undergo a thorough application and inspection process prior to accreditation being awarded to ensure they meet the TAA’s Code of Standards, which covers five key areas: operations, education, horse health care management, facility standards and services and adoption policies and protocols.
Facility inspections are conducted at all facilities housing Thoroughbreds for each organization. Ongoing updates and re-inspections are required of all organizations as a condition of TAA accreditation.
The TAA is supported by members from every aspect of the Thoroughbred industry, including owners, breeders, trainers, stallion farms, racetracks, sales companies, horsemen’s groups, foundations, veterinarians, horseplayers, racing fans, wagering technology companies and many others.
The full list of TAA-accredited organizations, information about the accreditation process, and a list of the TAA’s industry supporters is available on ThoroughbredAftercare.org.
About the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance
Based in Lexington, Ky., the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, rehome, and retire Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. Along with continued funding from its original partners Breeders’ Cup, The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association, the TAA is supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, aftercare professionals, and other industry members. Since inception in 2012, the TAA has granted more than $17.2 million to accredited aftercare organizations. Currently 74 aftercare organizations supporting approximately 160 facilities across North America have been granted accreditation. To learn more about the TAA, visit ThoroughbredAftercare.org.