The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has granted accreditations to 42 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations for 2022.
The 42 organizations include 41 previously accredited organizations and one that received accreditation for the first time. The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, the only accrediting body in Thoroughbred aftercare, now has a network of 81 organizations with approximately 180 facilities in North America.
“Congratulations to the 42 organizations that have achieved Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accreditation. Achieving TAA accreditation is a true testament to an organization’s dedication to providing the best possible care to our Thoroughbreds,” said TAA President Jeffrey Bloom.
“TAA accreditation proves to the racing industry that its Thoroughbreds go to the best possible tracking organizations in North America, and while that stamp of approval is reassuring, funding is always a concern to help these groups and the thousands of retired racehorses in their care,” added Bloom. “We encourage everyone to support the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and its 81 accredited charities.”
The 42 accredited organizations this year are: After the Races, Bright Futures Farm, Inc., CANTER Kentucky, CANTER Michigan, Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare, Center for Racehorse Retraining, Central Kentucky Riding For Hope, Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Down The Stretch Ranch , Equestrian Inc., Equine Advocates Inc., Equine Rescue & Adoption Foundation, Final Furlong, Inc., Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program, Friends of Ferdinand, Inc., Galloping Out, Harmony and Hope Horse Haven, Inc., Healing Arenas, Inc., Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue, Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds, Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue, Illinois Equine Humane Center, Lollypop Farm, Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, Inc., NEER North, Our Mims Retirement Haven, Inc., Out Side In , Inc., RACE Fund, Inc., Remember Me Rescue, RVR Horse Rescue, Sandia Creek Ranch Auxiliary Foundation, Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement, Inc., Second Chance Thoroughbreds, Inc., Second Stride, Inc, Square Peg Fo Fond ation Foxie G, Susan S. Donaldson Foundation, This Old Horse, Inc., Thoroughbred Athletes, Inc., Tranquility Farm – The Harry A. Biszantz Memorial Center for Thoroughbred Retirement, TRRAC Thoroughbred Retirement, Rehabilitation, and Careers, War Horses at Rose Bower.
Organizations accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance undergo a thorough application and inspection process before accreditation is granted to ensure they meet the TAA Code of Standards, which covers five key areas: operations, education , equine health care management, facility standards and services, and adoption of 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 accreditation.
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“As the TAA’s 10th year of service draws to a close, we are grateful to the 81 Accredited Organizations who will move in with us in the new year to continue the TAA’s mission to retrain, retire and reintegrate people. thoroughbred once their involvement in the racing industry. coming to an end,” said Janice Towles, TAA Accreditation and Grants Manager.
“I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to those who have contributed to the ANT accreditation process,” added Towles. “The TAA Accreditation Committee which has met weekly for the past six months, TAA Accreditation Committee Chair Kristin Werner, TAA Inspection Coordinator Suzie Picou-Oldham and the dozens of people across North America who perform facility inspections, many of whom donate their time and resources to the TAA for free.
All organizations that hold Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance 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 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be announced this month. Since 2012, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has awarded $24.5 million to accredited organizations.
The full list of 81 organizations, information about the accreditation process and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Code of Standards are available at ThoroughbredAftercare.org.
Based in Lexington, Kentucky, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that accredits, inspects, and provides grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, rehoming, and removing Thoroughbreds in 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, tracking professionals and other members of the industry. Since its inception in 2012, the TAA has awarded more than $24.5 million to accredited tracking organizations. Currently, 81 tracking organizations comprising approximately 180 institutions in North America have achieved accreditation.