$3.4m grants windfall for aftercare groups

Success story: the unraced Onlythewinetalking is thriving under the care of Amy Oosterhout after she adopted the then unraced 5-year-old from the TAA-accredited MidAtlantic Horse Rescue. Photo: TAA

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has announced that $3,420,000 will be awarded as grants to 74 U.S. Thoroughbred aftercare organizations that currently hold TAA accreditation. 

Since inception in 2012, the TAA has now awarded more than $17.2 million in grants to accredited Thoroughbred aftercare organizations.

“The TAA is pleased to be able to award more than $3 million this year, especially with a growing list of accredited organizations,” TAA President Mike Meuser said. “We know these funds will help our accredited organizations retrain, rehome, and retire more Thoroughbreds. However, there is still work to be done and we urge racing industry stakeholders to continue to invest in Thoroughbred aftercare for the long-term survival of our sport.”

Earmarked specifically for equine care, TAA grants have helped accredited organizations assist more than 10,300 Thoroughbreds since 2012.  

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.

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.

The TAA is supported by members from every aspect of the Thoroughbred industry, including owners, breeders, trainers, stallion farms, racetracks, sales companies, horsemen’s groups, foundations, veterinarians, horseplayers, racing fans, wagering technology companies, and many others. 

The full list of TAA-accredited organizations, information about the accreditation process, and a list of the TAA’s industry supporters is available here.

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