(Keeneland / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
From the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance:
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced today that 34 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations have been awarded accreditation.
The 34 organizations include 26 previously accredited organizations and eight that received accreditation for the first time. The TAA, the only accrediting body in Thoroughbred aftercare, now has a network of 81 organizations with approximately 170 facilities in North America.
“We congratulate the aftercare organizations that earned TAA accreditation this year, including the new organizations joining the TAA roster,” TAA President John Phillips said.
“We are proud to have a total of 81 accredited organizations across North America representing the gold standard in Thoroughbred aftercare. As our list of organizations receiving TAA funding increases, we ask industry participants to continue to support the TAA as we in turn fund these amazing accredited aftercare organizations and their 170 facilities.”
The 34 organizations earning accreditation this year are: After the Races; Bright Futures Farm; CANTER Kentucky; Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare; Center for Racehorse Retraining; Central Kentucky Riding for Hope; Down the Stretch Ranch; Equine Advocates; Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation; Final Furlong; Friends of Ferdinand; Galloping Out; Harmony and Hope Horse Haven; Healing Arenas; Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue; Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds; Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue; Illinois Equine Humane Center; L.A. Pet Rescue; Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester; Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement; NEER North; Out Side In; R.A.C.E Fund; Remember Me Rescue; RVR Horse Rescue; Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement; Second Chance Thoroughbreds; The Foxie G. Foundation; The Susan S. Donaldson Foundation, Mereworth Farm; This Old Horse; Thoroughbred Retirement Network of Louisiana; Thoroughbred Retirement, Rehabilitation, and Careers (TRRAC); and War Horses at Rose Bower.
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.
All organizations that hold TAA accreditation are eligible to receive financial grants to support the care of their Thoroughbreds. Grant applications are currently being reviewed and the total grant amount awarded by the TAA will be announced this month. Since 2012, the TAA has awarded $17.2 million to accredited organizations.
The full list of 81 organizations, information about the accreditation process, and TAA’s Code of Standards can be found 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 81 aftercare organizations supporting approximately 170 facilities across North America hold TAA accreditation. To learn more about the TAA, visit ThoroughbredAftercare.org.