Thoroughbred retirement facilities receive $US1m in grants

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) has awarded $US1 million in grants to its 23 accredited facilities.

The Lexington, Kentucky-based non-profit organization served as both an accrediting body for aftercare facilities for thoroughbreds after their racing careers, and a fundraising body to support these approved facilities.

The TAA board’s vice-president, Madeline, Auerbach, joined its executive director James Hastie and several other board members in attendance to announce the grants last week.

It is the first round of financial grants that the TAA has awarded since its formation in February 2012.

Individual grant awards were based on a comprehensive review by the TAA Grants Committee and board, and the grants will be used for the ongoing care of retired thoroughbreds.

“We’re very pleased to award these grants to our accredited facilities, to recognize and support their efforts to care for our retired thoroughbred athletes,” said president Jack Wolf, a thoroughbred owner.

“Since the TAA was formed nearly two years ago, many people have been working diligently to fulfill the TAA’s mission of accrediting aftercare facilities and financially supporting them – and I’m thrilled to say that vision became a reality today.

“This is a major step forward for the industry in providing a long-term strategy for thoroughbred aftercare, and we’re all very proud. I’d also like to extend a special thank you to Breeders’ Cup, Ltd, The Jockey Club, Keeneland Association, and all of our donors — from stallion farms, sales companies and racetracks to owners, breeders and fans: your support made these grants possible.”

The following is a complete list of TAA accredited facilities receiving grant awards:

  • 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.
  • Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care – Palm City, FL
  • 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)
  • New Vocations – Marysville, Ohio
  • Old Friends – Georgetown, Ky.
  • ReRun – Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue, Norco, Calif.
  • 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.

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