The USA’s four-star Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event has named the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance as its official charity for 2016.
The Lexington-based non-profit organization accredits, inspects and awards grants to approved aftercare groups to retire, retrain and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. Rolex Kentucky has donated $10,000 to TAA in support of its work.
The event is the only four-star in the Western Hemisphere, and takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington from April 28 to May 1.
Stewart Perry, President of Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), organiser of the RK3DE, said the event had a long-standing policy of supporting the local community. “We consider it very important for us to give back and assist non-profit organizations. This partnership with TAA is especially exciting for us because it allows us to support many equine organizations, not only in Kentucky, but across the entire country.”
The TAA supports charitable organizations across the country that retire, retrain and re-home Thoroughbreds. It has awarded more than $3,400,000 to accredited organisations in the past two years and currently supports 42 accredited organisations across 130 facilities in the United States. In 2016, the TAA will add another 14 accredited aftercare organisations to the list. Retired racehorses from TAA accredited organisations are re-homed everyday and are retrained to be successful in Show Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Combined Driving, Endurance and Polo, as well as Western disciplines, affording each of them the opportunity to have a second career.
“The generosity of EEI’s support of the TAA further highlights the significance and importance of what the TAA initiative is all about,” said Jimmy Bell, Darley America and TAA President. “What better way to continue raising national awareness of the TAA than through one of Lexington’s premier events, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.”
Accredited organizations supported by TAA include Kentucky organizations CANTER Kentucky, Kentucky Equine Humane Center, Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement, Our Mims Retirement Haven, Second Stride Inc., and The Exceller Fund, Inc. Each accredited organization is inspected by TAA and a team of veterinarians, and all must meet or exceed the requirements of operation, education, horse care management, facility standards, and services and adoption policies and protocol.
Rolex Kentucky offers $350,000 in prize money as well as a shot at the $350,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, which is awarded to the rider who wins the Rolex Kentucky, Mitsubishi Badminton and Land Rover Burghley horse trials in succession.