Another 20 facilities that help thoroughbred racehorses into new careers have been accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).
The organizations are now eligible to receive financial grants from the TAA for the ongoing care of retired Thoroughbreds, and join the first three TAA accredited facilities, Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care, New Vocations, and Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue.
The facilities represent a cross-section of rescue, retirement, retraining and adoption programs located across the United States as well as two in Canada. Following a detailed application process and careful onsite examinations by TAA inspectors and independent veterinarians, each of these facilities was judged to have met or exceeded the TAA Code of Standards in the areas of operations, education, horse care management, facility standards and services, and adoption policies and protocols.
TAA Executive Director James Hastie said the alliance was thrilled to grant accreditation to these worthy organizations in recognition of the great work they’re doing.
“Each of these facilities has undergone a rigorous review process to ensure that they are providing a uniform level of care for our retired Thoroughbreds, and we are pleased to invite them to apply for funding.”
The 2014 Code of Standards and the Application for Accreditation will be available in February.
Based in Lexington, Kentucky, the TAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designed to serve as both an accrediting body for aftercare facilities that care for Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing careers, and a fundraising body to support these approved facilities.
Funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup, Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association, the TAA is comprised of and supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, jockeys, aftercare professionals and other industry groups.
The requirements for TAA accreditation are shown on the TAA’s website.
The newly accredited facilities are:
- Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue – Pawling, N.Y.
- Angel Acres Horse Haven – Glenville, Pa.
- CANTER, California – Los Gatos, Calif.
- CANTER, Ohio – Mentor, Ohio
- Equine Encore – Tucson, Ariz.
- Glen Ellen Vocational Academy – Glen Ellen, Calif.
- Humanity for Horses – Mt. Shasta, Calif.
- Kentucky Equine Humane Center – Lexington, Ky.
- Long Run Thoroughbred Retirement Society – Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
- Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue – Chesapeake City, Md.
- Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement- Salem, Conn.
- Neigh Savers Foundation – Walnut Creek, Calif.
- New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society – Surrey, British Columbia (Canada)
- Old Friends – Georgetown, Ky.
- ReRun – Virginia Beach, Va.
- The Exceller Fund – Lexington, Ky.
- Thoroughbred Placement Resources – Upper Marlboro, Md.
- Tijuana River Valley Animal Rescue – San Diego, Calif.
- TROTT USA – Laguna Hills, Calif.
- United Pegasus Foundation – Tehacapi, Calif.