The words you are searching are inside this book. To get more targeted content, please make full-text search by clicking here.
Discover the best professional documents and content resources in AnyFlip Document Base.
Published by CAD DESIGN, 2018-01-05 12:59:57




TAA provides vital accreditation and funding for the aftercare community
A broad and diverse group of industry stakeholders support the TAA mission
Tips for owners on how to successfully transition their horse to retirement

Profiles of all 64 TAA-accredited organizations


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Welcome BarBara D. Livingston
John Phillips, President
Jimmy Bell, Past President TAA President John Phillips thanks organizations dedicated to helping Thoroughbreds. Page 4
Madeline Auerbach, Vice President
Mike Meuser, Vice President/Secretary TAA a vital force in aftercare community
Matt Iuliano, Member
Jen Shah, Treasurer The TAA has granted almost $11 million to accredited facilities since its founding. Page 6
Stacie Clark Rogers, Operations Consultant
A rigorous process
Madeline Auerbach, Jimmy Bell To get accreditation from the TAA, facilities go through a thorough vetting. Page 10
Dora Delgado, Michael Ernst
Sue Finley, Jim Gagliano Industry Stakeholders
Susie Hart, Rick Hiles, Matt Iuliano
Mike Meuser, David O’Farrell Funding of the TAA comes from a broad and diverse group of supporters. Page 12
Martin Panza, John Phillips
Walter S. Robertson, Yvonne Schwabe TAA-accredited facilities are widespread
Jen Shah, Bill Thomason, Nicole Walker
Jack Wolf, Mike Ziegler The 64 accredited organizations are located in 25 states and two provinces. Page 14

TAA MAGAZINE PRODUCTION Finding the right path for your horse
Danielle M. Nichter
Sound decisions are required by owners seeking a successful retirement for their horse. Page 16
821 Corporate Dr.
Lexington, KY 40503 Support from the AAEP
Phone: (859) 224-2756
Email: The TAA has an important working relationship with the veterinary community. Page 20

The TAA magazine was produced in its entirety by Aftercare in the spotlight at Equestricon
contributions from sponsors and advertisers and
was published by Daily Racing Form. The TAA and its accredited facilities had a strong presence at the inaugural event. Page 22

EDITORIAL How to contribute
Mark Simon, Senior Writer
Nicole Russo, Breeding News Editor How individuals and organizations can help provide care for ex-racehorses. Page 26
Joe Nevills, Breeding Staff Writer
The TAA in action
Chris Donofry, Designer TAA representatives and supporters are present at numerous events around the country. Page 28
Jim Sewastynowicz, Photo Editor

Mandy Minger, VP, Marketing
Lara Levine, DRF Breeding
Director of Sales & Sponsorships
Robert Forbeck, SVP, National Adv. Director


CONTENTS Long Run Thoroughbred Retirement Society ......................................65
Los Angeles Pet Rescue: Farralone Farm.............................................66
TAA-ACCREDITED ORGANIZATIONS Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue...............................................................67
Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center...........................................................68
After The Homestretch ..........................................................................30 MidAtlantic Horse Rescue.....................................................................69
After the Races ......................................................................................32 New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society .......................................70
AFTER the Track ....................................................................................34 New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program......................................71
Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue............................................................36 Oklahoma Thoroughbred Retirement Program ....................................72
Beyond The Roses Equine Rescue & Retirement .................................37 Old Friends Equine Retirement: Dream Chase Farm ...........................73
Bowman Second Chance Thoroughbred Adoption..............................38 Our Mims Retirement Haven ................................................................74
Bright Futures Farm ..............................................................................39 Out Side In ............................................................................................75
Brook Hill Retirement Center for Horses...............................................40 Peaceful Ridge Rescue..........................................................................76
CANTER California ................................................................................41 R.A.C.E. Fund ........................................................................................77
CANTER Colorado.................................................................................42 Redwings Horse Sanctuary...................................................................78
CANTER Kentucky.................................................................................43 Remember Me Rescue ..........................................................................79
CANTER Michigan.................................................................................44 ReRun Inc...............................................................................................80
Days End Farm Horse Rescue...............................................................45 RVR Horse Rescue ................................................................................81
Equestrian Inc. ......................................................................................46 Saratoga War Horse ..............................................................................82
Equine Advocates .................................................................................47 Second Chance Thoroughbreds ...........................................................83
Equine Encore Foundation ...................................................................48 Second Stride .......................................................................................84
Equine Rescue of Aiken .........................................................................49 South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ..........85
Final Furlong .........................................................................................50 Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue..........................................86
Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program ..................................51 Square Peg Foundation ........................................................................87
Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care Program .........52 The Exceller Fund .................................................................................88
Friends of Ferdinand..............................................................................53 The Foxie G Foundation .......................................................................89
Galloping Out ........................................................................................54 Thoroughbred Athletes .........................................................................90
Glen Ellen Vocational Academy ............................................................55 Thoroughbred Placement Resources ..................................................91
Harmony and Hope Horse Haven .........................................................56 Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation .................................................92
Heaven Can Wait ..................................................................................57 Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa ....................................................93
Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds.............................................58 Tranquility Farm ....................................................................................94
Hope for Horses.....................................................................................59 United Pegasus Foundation ..................................................................95
Humanity for Horses .............................................................................60 War Horses at Rose Bower ...................................................................96
Illinois Equine Humane Center..............................................................61
Kentucky Equine Humane Center ........................................................62
Life Horse Inc.........................................................................................63
LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers (LOPE) ...................................64

Please help the TAA share the great progress 2018
being made in Thoroughbred Aftercare! TAipbTsrAofAaodrpoarwonvdnidedPerirvssoeovfrinislteeahslgooarwcofcuatroplel sd6ouif4tcaiTncteAdiosuAnss-ftaaurcnlylcdyrsefttudraaniktnedeshidniotgoilodrfngeoarrtsnhtiheszuiearptahipofootnrerssrtectahtroeerTceAotiAmremmmiusensniittoyn

If you are affiliated with a Thoroughbred racing
organization please add this link to your website:



‘T‘AT‘H‘ATTHlEHHAllEEElBlYBBBYeeleeeseassstaYtttrre!’!’ar!’AprilA2p6r-2il9,2250-2188, 2019
AAllll YYeeaarr!!’’ApArpAirlpAirl2iplA62Ar-p262pi6rl-r9-2i2fDi,l2iln99I2d5D,,220a-22552Ys10-e0-O882c121o88,Un88,2d,K2(0a2N0n11d0O99b1We9tteorf!f)-cthaere-etrraicnkthTehosrpoourgt hobf rEevdes
ApfDinrIdDfDiainlYIsfDdiDenAOIacdD2oaYsUpne6YsOdecrOKc-o(UoanUECN2inndldvodOK9K(emabNNWnn,n2edeOdtOt2t5biWebsoWnere0-fte!gtft)e-2toe1certfoc!hfar)88-ft!oercft)he-h-amc,teeterhrea-ram2eteprricern-aekiet0cnrrttrkahTuti1ihTctehnneihk9oosto,srhTprnpojoeohouurroisgttmnrphohooobfbftpurErhrEegtvedavheoedsebnnfsoWntrEdifeonttviedfgneedtn!segnsano!ttinfnetecgrn!ne at the only fou

ComCeoCsmeomee estheseeemetthhreuemmn,rrjuuunnm,,jpujumampnpdanaddnaddnacdnecaenaacttetthhaeet oothnnlelyyoffonouluyr-rs-ftosautrar-rstar

find a second (and better!) career in the sport of Eventing!

Come see them run, jump and dance at the only four-star

Eventing competition in the Western Hemisphere!








The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is dedicated to preserving the Thor-
oughbred industry and the sport of Thoroughbred racing by supporting
Thoroughbred racehorses as they exit from racing competition.

Whether they are retrained for other purposes, such as jumping, trail riding,
showing, cross-country, or a host of other pursuits, or whether they are simply
retired, the TAA recognizes the increasing public concern for these newly
retired equine athletes. The TAA aggressively seeks to address such concern
with significant and authentic accreditation and financial support of our part-
ners who are on the ground-level of retraining or re-homing the retired Thor-
oughbred racehorse.

Annually, the TAA works with approximately 64 organizations maintain-
ing 180 facilities to accomplish the Thoroughbred’s soft landing from racing.
The accreditation process is strenuous and includes reviews of management,
finances, care practices, and facilities. Accreditation requires 501(3)(c) status,
a three-year track record of horse care, and a euthanasia protocol consistent
with AAEP best practices.

Accreditation occurs every two years, confirming that what is supposed to
be done is in fact accomplished. The point: You can be sure that if an organiza-
tion is TAA accredited that your support, be it money or time, is being spent as
represented and that the care of the Thoroughbred horse is at a high standard.

Beyond accreditation and monitoring, the TAA provides significant financial
support to our accredited organizations. Nearly $3 million of financial grants
annually goes directly to the horses residing in the accredited organizations.
This financial support by the TAA is made possible by virtually every segment
of the Thoroughbred racing industry, including breeders, owners, sales compa-
nies, race tracks, horsemen groups, and The Jockey Club, in addition to thou-
sands of horse enthusiasts like you.

The following pages include stories of those organizations who are our
partners in protecting the Thoroughbred industry by protecting the recently
retired racehorse. Each story is unique, but has the common thread of passion
for the horse. Their organizational missions may differ slightly, but all of them
impact favorably on both human and equine participants.

The TAA salutes each of the accredited organizations, acknowledging that
accreditation is not an easy status to obtain. The TAA is honored to support and
work with so many dedicated people as they help protect this incredible mutu-
ally beneficial relationship between man and the Thoroughbred.

John Phillips
President, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance
Darby Dan Farm
(859) 254-0424 | |


BarBara D. Livingston


fTcaoofAtrmAecermaciaunvrnietiatyl The responsibility for a Thoroughbred’s
care goes through many hands over the
By Joe Nevills course of the horse’s life – from the breeder
who raises the horse, to the consignor who
sells it, to the owner who pays for the cost
of keeping the horse in training during its
racing career.

Since 2012, the Thoroughbred Aftercare
Alliance has worked toward ensuring all
of those parties continue to support and
care for horses after their ontrack careers
have ended. The TAA’s grants to accred-
ited aftercare organizations have been
funded by a broad spectrum of Thorough-
bred industry sources. Through rigorous
accreditation standards and endorsements
from a growing list of prominent figures
inside and outside of the Thoroughbred
industry, approval and funding from the
TAA has become a sought-after goal for
many aftercare organizations.

The TAA has granted a total of more
than $10.8 million to 64 accredited after-
care organizations with facilities in 25
states and two provinces since its incep-
tion, building greatly upon the roughly
$1 million awarded to 23 organizations in

“In this day and age, people are going
to ask us what happens to the horses after
they’re finished racing,” TAA operations
consultant Stacie Clark Rogers said. “We
have to have a good answer, and it has to
be one that is honest and of good conscious-
ness and makes our sport as good as it is.
Most people in this industry love the horse,
and that’s why they got into it.”

The TAA was born from an idea raised
by Jack Wolf, managing partner of Star-
light Racing, who wondered why industry
participants were not collectively putting
up their fair share of the money needed
to care for horses after they have finished

Continued on page 8


Continued from page 7 serve as a sustainable platform
where small contributions
The first organizational are gathered from each touch-
point of a Thoroughbred’s life.
meeting that shaped the TAA A contribution to the TAA is
made when a registry-related
took place at Belmont Park transaction is processed with
The Jockey Club, when a horse
during the weekend of the 2011 goes through the sales ring at
a participating sales company,
Belmont Stakes. Wolf was put and even when a horse is
entered in a race at a participat-
in charge by the confab that ing racetrack.

included a diverse group of 30 “As it currently stands, the
demand for funding exceeds the
to 35 industry members. amount of funds being invested
in aftercare,” she continued. “In
“They asked me to take the essence, the funding granted to
TAA-accredited organizations
lead on it,” said Wolf, who is meant to provide breathing
room for the organizations to
was the TAA’s president from care for their horses. After-
care is a shared responsibil-
its inception until December ity across the entire racing
industry and the TAA is bring-
2014. “I reached out to some of ing everyone involved in the
success of a Thoroughbred’s
the industry leaders, set up a life into the discussion of what
responsible aftercare entails.”
meeting the Friday before the
Strict code of standards
Belmont, and had a really nice
Accredited organizations
turnout from the owners, stal- must meet a strict code of
standards, which covers facil-
lion guys, racetrack people, ity operations, education,
horse health care manage-
sales companies.” ment, facility standards and
services, and adoption policies
The TAA was launched Feb. and protocols.

9, 2012, with the help of seed To qualify for accreditation,
aftercare organizations must
money from Breeders’ Cup be recognized as a 501 (c)(3)
tax-exempt organization in the
Ltd., The Jockey Club, and United States or a registered
charity in Canada, have been
Keeneland Association, which operational for at least three
years, own and care for a mini-
all remain steady contributors. mum of five Thoroughbreds,
and have an official eutha-
The Breeders’ Cup contrib- nasia policy consistent with
the American Association of
utes a percentage of winning Equine Practitioners.

purses annually to the TAA, “We’ve had Michael Blowen
[founder and president of TAA-
The Jockey Club contributes accredited Old Friends Equine
Retirement] tell us he’s been
$25 for nearly every registry- audited by the IRS and it’s a lot
easier than the TAA applica-
related transaction, and Keene- tion,” Clark Rogers said.

land donates through its sale The accreditation process
takes approximately one year
and racing operations. from start to finish, with a

Participating North Ameri-

can auction companies -

Barretts, Fasig-Tipton, Keene-

land, Ocala Breeders’ Sale Co.,

and Canadian Thoroughbred

Horse Society contribute 50

cents per $1,000 transaction

and provide the opportunity

for their sellers and buyers

to do the same. Prominent

stallion farms in Kentucky,

Florida, New York, and Cali-

fornia donate 25 percent of one

seasonal stud fee per year for

the stallions on their rosters,

while a growing number of

racetracks, horsemen, and

horsemen’s groups have

entered into agreements with

the TAA.

“The TAA funding model

was developed to strategi-

cally distribute contributions

to TAA-accredited organiza-

tions that retire, retrain, and

rehome Thoroughbreds.”

Clark Rogers said. “That fund-

ing model was established to


battery of reviews, from finan- initial grant money. Clark
cial statements to veterinary Rogers said organizations
records to multiple organiza- have sought approval from
tion inspections. Accredita- the TAA as a résumé boost in
tion is awarded for a two-year order to obtain grants from
period, and organizations are other organizations. Among
subject to random inspec- the groups taking notice is
tions. the American Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to
“We accredited 23 the first Animals, which Clark Rogers
year, but recently it’s been said has shown favor toward
much more of a snowball,” TAA members when award-
Wolf said. “As the different ing grants via its Million
outfits have seen what monies Dollar Rescuing Racers
are available, which is fairly Initiative.
significant compared to what
was out there before, they’re Wolf said the TAA has made
sitting down and filling this great strides during its short
thing out and having the site time in existence but still has
visits.” plenty of room to grow in the
coming years, including the
While the process may be ultimate goal of making it
daunting, Clark Rogers said an industry standard across
the TAA does not approach all aspects of the business
accreditation with a “deny- instead of the current volun-
first” mentality that harbors tary participation model.
exclusivity. The TAA works
with organizations to help “In relative terms, I think
bring them up to standards, it’s done very well, but the
if necessary. However, the problem requires much
rigorous road to accredita- more than raising $3 million
tion does ensure a level of or $4 million a year,” Wolf
quality among organizations said. “The initial idea was to
that receive the TAA’s seal almost make this mandatory
of approval that strengthens to each sector of our industry,
both parties in the eyes of and we got a lot of resistance
potential donors. from the mandatory side of
it. Hopefully, we can get to
“The TAA certainly has $10 million within the next
good standards of business two to three years.”
practice,” Clark Rogers said.
“We’re not the aftercare Mike Meuser, the TAA’s
police, but in the same sense, vice president and secretary,
I think we do a lot of good due said Wolf’s projection might
diligence for donors so people actually be on the low end,
and entities in the industry, crediting the positive momen-
racetracks, breeders, owners, tum of growing high-profile
can constantly feel that their support generating even more
money’s being invested well, high-profile support down the
because of the work done.” road.

Snowball effect “People are starting to
feel – as we all hoped they
Membership in the TAA would at the beginning – that
also has proven to have they need to be part of this
fringe benefits beyond the and not be left out,” Meuser

Follow the TAA on Facebook,
Instagram, and Twitter


TAA-accredited operations
serve wide variety of purposes

By Joe Nevills acquiring at-risk horses at auction and elsewhere, providing sanc-
tuary and training for future careers. MidAtlantic Horse Rescue
Accreditation by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance requires in Chesapeake City, Md., also works primarily with horses at risk.
organizations to meet the program’s Code of Standards, but the
uniformity of the organizations largely ends there. Other programs base their recruitment around alumni from local
tracks or stables, such as the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption
The services offered to horses by facilities approved by the TAA Program in Farmington, N.Y., for runners at Finger Lakes Race-
run a broad spectrum, from retraining and repurposing to reha- track. Niall Brennan, a leading consignor of 2-year-olds, founded
bilitating to pensioning, so when someone is considering placing a Final Furlong in Ocala, Fla., to rehome or pension graduates of his
horse, there are a number of factors to consider. sales and training programs at the end of their racing careers.

Entry for horses into each TAA-accredited organization is just Certain operations specialize in housing retired Thoroughbreds
as diverse. If someone has a Thoroughbred ready to come off the of a particular gender. Old Friends of Georgetown, Ky., is a lead-
racetrack and begin the next chapter of his or her life, or identifies a ing retirement facility for pensioned stallions, though some of its
horse at risk, it is best to contact the individual organizations to see most famous residents are geldings and mares. On the other side
how they are able to accommodate the horse. The costs to donate or of the gender equation, Our Mims Retirement Haven in Paris, Ky.,
rescue a horse may vary from organization to organization, as well. focuses on retired broodmares in Thoroughbred breeding’s most
active region in North America.
For example, the five accredited branches of the Communication
Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) in The TAA award grants and accredited organizations continue to
California, Colorado, Kentucky, and Michigan offer free advertis- grow from year to year, with at least one facility in almost every
ing services to owners and trainers to place their retiring race- region of the country. To date at least 6,200 Thoroughbreds are
horses that are not owned by CANTER. However, the organization being cared for at TAA-accredited organizations. Not all aftercare
does have an adoption program in which it takes ownership of off- organizations have as specific criteria for accepting Thorough-
track Thoroughbreds, rehabilitates and trains them, then adopts breds into their programs as the ones listed above, but research-
them to new owners. ing the most compatible location for a Thoroughbred in need of an
after-racing home can be as important as a buyer researching the
Some organizations focus their efforts on horses in need of imme- right OTTB for their own endeavors.
diate assistance. The Lexington-based Exceller Fund specializes in


• Accreditation Application • New applicants complete • Review of all applications • Applicants reviewed a • First installment of grants
opens online for eligible and submit accreditation completed: final time after inspections sent to newly accredited
organizations application • Cursory review for completed organizations, along with
completeness and previously accredited
• Re-inspections of • Review of applications minimum requirements • Applicants recommended organizations
accredited organizations begins on a rolling basis • Three separate for accreditation or denial
begin application reviews by Accreditation Committee • Second installment sent
completed in May
• Separate financial • Executive Board and Board
review of Directors review and
give final approval for
• Inspections of applicants’ accreditation
facilities completed
• Approved applicants
notified of accreditation

• Grant applications received
and reviewed by Grants

• Grant agreement completed
by all accredited
organizations to receive


Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

821 Corporate Drive, Lexington, KY 40503 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ADVISORY BOARD Mike Levy
Phone: (859) 224-2756 Email: Madeline Auerbach Michael Amo Lucinda Mandella
Jimmy Bell Jill Baffert Dan Metzger
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Dora Delgado Jeffrey Bloom Terry Meyocks
John Phillips, President Michael Ernst Donna Brothers Mandy Minger
Jimmy Bell, Past President Sue Finley Boyd Browning Anita Motion
Madeline Auerbach, Vice President Jim Gagliano Jeff Burch Martha Jane Mulholland
Mike Meuser, Vice President/Secretary Susie Hart Jeffrey Cannizzo Foster Northrop
Matt Iuliano, Member Rick Hiles Kevin Cox Scott Palmer
Jen Shah, Treasurer Matt Iuliano Kelly Danner Todd Pletcher
Stacie Clark Rogers, Operations Consultant Mike Meuser Bo Derek Mike Repole
David O’Farrell Elizabeth Elder Lansdon Robbins
TAA STAFF Martin Panza David Foley Walt Robertson
Stacie Clark Rogers, Operations Consultant, (859) 230-5881, John Phillips Craig Fravel Mike Rogers
Walter S. Robertson Jim Gluckson Jen Roytz Yvonne Schwabe Allen Gutterman Kevin Scatuorchio
Emily Dresen, Funding Coordinator, Jen Shah Phil Hanrahan Martha Scott
Ashton Moynihan, Funding Director, (859) 619-3098, Bill Thomason Steve Haskin Mark Taylor
Nicole Walker Charlie Hayward Barbara Vanlangendonck Jack Wolf Stacie Krembil Tom Ventura
Danielle Nichter, Marketing Coordinator, Mike Ziegler
Suzie Picou-Oldham, Inspections Coordinator,
Steve Ruddy, Finance Manager,
Janice Towles, Grants and Accreditation Manager,


committed Mr. Gary Graham
to accredited Lavin Family Foundation
aftercare Earle Mack Foundation
Nicholson Family Trust
SEED MONEY Mary K. Oxley Foundation

Breeders’ Cup Ltd. HANDICAPPERS
Keeneland Association
The Jockey Club Matt Bernier
Kevin Cox

Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund Arkansas HBPA
Retired Racehorse Project Illinois HBPA
TJC Thoroughbred Incentive Program Kentucky HBPA
Thoroughbred Charities of America Kentucky Thoroughbred Association
Maryland THA
New York THA
SF Bloodstock LLC Tampa Bay HBPA
Woodford Thoroughbreds
America’s Best Racing
Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Blood-Horse
Coady Photography
BREEDERS’ CUP LTD. Daily Racing Form
Paulick Report
EVENTS PM Advertising
Thoroughbred Daily News
2017 TVG Hippity Hop Derby Thoroughbred Racing Commentary
Eclipse Awards Thoroughbred Week
Equestrian Events Inc. TVG
Ninety North Racing Stable RACETRACKS
Papa John’s Pizza
Pegasus World Cup Churchill Downs
Quint Events Ellis Park
Tampa Bay Downs
The Stronach Group
Turfway Park
Woodbine Entertainment


Canadian Thoroughbred Horse

Society - Ontario
Ocala Breeders’ Sales


SPONSORS Kroop’s Doug O’Neill
All Pro Championships Maker’s Mark Catherine Day Phillips
B2B Casuals National Thoroughbred Racing Todd Pletcher
Horseware Ireland John A. Ross
Josham Farms Limited Association Jonathan E. Sheppard
Kirkwood Stables New York State and Thoroughbred Michael Trombetta
Latin America Racing Channel
Omega Alpha Breeding Development Fund TRANSPORTATION
StarLadies Racing Jordan Pruiksma COMPANIES
Ten Strike Racing Repole Stable
Xpressbet and XBTV Belinda Stronach Brookledge Transportation
Rent The Races
Spendthrift Farm
Airdrie Stud The Tack Shop of Lexington American Association of Equine
Castleton Lyons Thoroughbred Owner Conference Practitioners
C.F. Farms Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Claiborne Farm Bradley Weisbord Hagyard Equine Medical
Darby Dan Institute
Gainesway Farm THE JOCKEY CLUB
Get Away Farm Northrop Equine
Godolphin TRAINERS Teigland, Franklin & Brokken,
Hill ‘n’ Dale
Lane’s End Thomas Albertrani DVMs, PA
Millennium Farms Thomas Amoss
Ocala Stud Kevin Attard 2017 TVG HIPPITY HOP
Pin Oak Stud Roger Attfield DERBY SPONSORS
Ramsey Farm Bob Baffert
Sequel Stallions New York Chad Brown Agave Racing Stable
Shadwell Farm Josie Carroll Nick Alexander
Solera Farm John Charalambous CRK Stable
Sunrise Stallions Gary Contessa DP Racing
Taylor Made Stallions Michael De Paulo Britney Eurton
Three Chimneys Farm Henry Dominguez Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
WinStar Anthony Dutrow ERJ Racing
Phil Gleaves Glen Hill Farm
SUPPORTERS Nick Gonzalez Fox Hill Farm
Michael Hushion Hronis Racing
ASPCA Mike Keogh KMN Racing
John Asher Denyse McClachrie LNJ Foxwoods Stables
Bob and Jill Baffert Kiaran McLaughlin LRF Cares
Bessemer Trust Don MacRae Chris Merz
Christina Bossinakis Michael Maker Purple Rein Racing
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Brothers Malcolm Pierce Racing Stable Inc. Reddam Racing
Jill Byrne Graham Motion Ruis Racing
Danonymous Racing Domenic Savides
Denali Stud Kaleem Shah
Dudley’s on Short Spendthrift Farm
Jeannine Edwards Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Elm Tree Farm
EquiLottery To learn more visit:
Glen Hill Farm (859) 224-2772
Juddmonte Farm
Updated through 1/4/2018



64 25 2 180 6.2K

Organizations States Provinces Facilities Thoroughbreds

23 Accredited Organizations in 2013
42 Accredited Organizations in 2014
56 Accredited Organizations in 2015
64 Accredited Organizations in 2016
64 Accredited Organizations in 2017




CANTER California Los Gatos, CA Galloping Out North Riverside, IL
Illinois Equine Humane Center Big Rock, IL
Glen Ellen Vocational Academy Glen Ellen, CA Kentucky Equine Humane Center Lexington, KY
Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center Lexington, KY
Heaven Can Wait San Miguel, CA New Vocations Racehorse
Laura, OH
Hope for Horses Galt, CA Adoption Program Georgetown, KY
Old Friends Paris, KY
Humanity for Horses Mount Shasta, CA Our Mims Retirement Haven Grand Haven, MI
Out Side In Crestwood, KY
Los Angeles Pet Rescue: Farralone Farm Van Nuys, CA Second Stride Lexington, KY
The Exceller Fund
Redwings Horse Sanctuary Lockwood, CA Elkton, MD
Southern California Thoroughbred Norco, CA
Rescue After the Races Forest, VA
Bright Futures Farm Woodbine, MD
Square Peg Foundation Half Moon Bay, CA Brook Hill Retirement Center Thurmont, MD
Chesapeake City, MD
Tranquility Farm Cottonwood, CA for Horses Harrisburg, PA
Days End Farm Horse Rescue Libertytown, MD
United Pegasus Foundation San Jacinto, CA Life Horse Inc. Upper Marlboro, MD
MidAtlantic Horse Rescue Appomattox, VA
SOUTHWEST Phoenix, AZ R.A.C.E. Fund
Centennial, CO The Foxie G Foundation Heinesburg, VT
After the Homestretch Tucson, AZ Thoroughbred Placement Resources Pawling, NY
CANTER Colorado Rodeo, NM War Horses at Rose Bower Chatham, NY
Equine Encore Foundation
Harmony and Hope Horse Haven NORTHEAST Farmington, NY
Dover Plains, NY
MID SOUTH AFTER the Track East Greenbush, NY
Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue Schuylerville, NY
LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers Driftwood, TX Equine Advocates Spencer, NY
Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Saratoga Springs, NY
Oklahoma Thoroughbred Blanchard, OK
Retirement Program Adoption Program Toronto, ON
Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue
Remember Me Rescue Burleson, TX ReRun Inc. Langley, BC
Saratoga War Horse
Thoroughbred Athletes Guthrie, OK Second Chance Thoroughbreds
Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation
Equestrian Inc. Tampa, FL
Equine Rescue of Aiken Aiken, SC
LongRun Thoroughbred
Final Furlong Ocala, FL Retirement Society

Florida TRAC Palm City, FL New Stride Thoroughbred
Adoption Society
Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds Cocoa, FL

Peaceful Ridge Rescue Davie, FL

RVR Horse Rescue Riverview, FL

South Florida SPCA Homestead, FL

Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa Oldsmar, FL


Beyond the Roses Equine Rescue Rhame, ND
& Retirement Louisville, KY
Commerce Twp, MI
Bowman Second Chance Indianapolis, IN
Thoroughbred Adoption

CANTER Kentucky
CANTER Michigan
Friends of Ferdinand


Paving the road
to retirement

By Jen Roytz

The road from racehorse to successfully re-homed
retiree can be challenging for Thoroughbred owners,
especially those with no equestrian background. Ques-
tions abound, including (but far from limited to): When
is the right time to retire a horse? What would the horse
be best suited for? What course of action will give the
horse the best foundation for a career after racing?

Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Graham Motion
and Olympian Phillip Dutton have long been advocates
for Thoroughbred aftercare. The two have teamed to
transition a number of horses from the racetrack to
the show ring. Most notable has been Icabad Crane,
who after retiring with five stakes wins and more than
$500,000 in earnings began training with Dutton and
his team as an eventer, winning the title of America’s
Most Wanted Thoroughbred at the Retired Racehorse
Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover in his first year
away from the racetrack.

We asked them to share their advice and “best prac-
tices” approach to successfully retiring, placing, and
retraining a Thoroughbred racehorse.







9 0 1 S F E D E R A L H I G H WAY I H A L L A N DA L E B E AC H I 9 5 4 . 4 5 4 .70 0 0 I G U L F ST R E A M PA R K .CO M

Maggie KiMMitt The end is just the beginning

For a Thoroughbred owner, taking a
proactive approach to the conclusion of
their horse’s career can not only help to
ensure a safe and successful transition
away from the racetrack, but can save
money, give them peace of mind, and
create a positive public perception of the
racing industry’s approach to animal

“Usually you know when a horse’s
racing career is coming to a conclusion,”
Motion said. “It may be due to injury, but
is often a function of age, slowing down
or simply lack of interest “in racing”.

Motion and his wife, Anita, attach
their contact information to The Jockey
Club papers of all racehorses who pass
through their stable. Their hope is that,
even in a case where ownership has
changed several times since the horse
was in their possession, the owners at the
time of his or her retirement will contact
them if aftercare arrangements are not
in place.

“We are lucky that organizations like
the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance
have been formed,” he said. “It takes the
guesswork out of where to contribute
charitable funds. Motion noted that if an
owner plans to donate a horse to an after-
care organization, it is important to put
aside funds to donate with the horse, to
help with his or her care and retraining.

It is often helpful for owners to discuss
with their trainers what their options are
for retirement and re-homing well before
their horse(s) are ready to retire.

Some owners or trainers may have a
network of equestrian-inclined friends
and will opt to place their horses
privately, such as Motion often does with
Dutton and other trainers, while others
may prefer donating their horses to one
of the TAA-accredited organizations
around the country.

Top Left: Dutton takes 2008
Preakness third-place finisher
Icabad Crane for a victory lap. The
Motion family was on hand for the
trophy presentation after Phillip
Dutton and Icabad Crane secured
first place in the Plantation Field
Horse Trials in 2015.

Maggie KiMMitt


Regardless, having a plan in place in competition. includes teaching them to yield away
advance will make the process of retir- Regardless of whether a horse transi- from the leg,” Dutton said. “Understand-
ing and re-homing a horse easier and less ing and being obedient to a rider’s lower
stressful. tions directly from race conditioning to leg is crucial for the horse’s success in the
non-race training, or they are coming off future. This is also when I begin to intro-
“Taking care of your horse at a sensible a layup or letdown period, Dutton believes duce the concept of softening and round-
point in their career enables them to lead the first weeks and months of training for ing into [bit] contact.”
the most comfortable, useful life they are their second career set the tone for future
capable of,” Motion said. endeavors. When looking at Thoroughbreds as
sport-horse prospects, Dutton looks for a
The rst 30 days and beyond “The first 30 days is a big transition for a few simple, but key attributes.
horse, so I try to set up everything I do to
As a two-time, gold medal-winning create positive experiences for the horse,” “The horse’s attitude to riding and learn-
Olympian, two-time Pan American Games Dutton said. “Try to ride and handle him ing is probably the most important trait for
gold medal winner, and winner of the 2008 or her when it’s quiet whenever possible, me,” he explained. “Other things I look for
Kentucky Three-Day Event, Dutton has so there are as few distractions as possi- early on are loose, easy movement; some
competed at the highest levels of equestrian ble.” suspension in the trot; a balanced, uphill
sport, often aboard Thoroughbreds. Some canter; and a naturally relaxed walk.”
of his most successful mounts, including One of the biggest differences between
TruLuck, House Doctor, The Foreman, how a horse is ridden at the racetrack Dutton says taking on a recently retired
and True Blue Girdwood, are Thorough- and how they will be ridden for the rest of Thoroughbred as a project can be fun and
breds he started nearly from scratch after their lives centers on the use of the rider’s educational for both horse and rider, but it
their racing careers concluded. lower leg. Jockeys, and many times even isn’t for the novice or the faint of heart.
exercise riders, ride with a significantly
Dutton has developed both a keen eye shorter stirrup than in other disciplines, “Retraining racehorses needs to be
for what makes a good Thoroughbred so many horses are not accustomed to a taken very seriously, especially if it’s your
sport horse and an educated approach to rider’s leg against their sides, nor do they first time,” he said. “Be sure to set your-
developing them properly for non-racing understand leg cues. self up for success with enough knowledge,
experience and help, if needed, before
“Exposing the horse to the lower leg starting.”

Oak Tree Racing Association is proud to support

in their Aftercare and Awareness
mission for retired race horses in California


The importance of AAEP’s
endorsement oftheTAA

By Amanda Duckworth as good administration,” Cowles said. AAEP PHOTO
“The goals they set, the standards, they
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance pretty much mirror our transitioning Dr. Reynolds Cowles Jr., president of
has always received support from the guidelines for the AAEP. That works in the AAEP, addresses attendees at the
American Association of Equine Prac- harmony with the TAA very well. Not AAEP’s annual convention.
titioners (AAEP), and the endorsement only do they have a good system of stan-
from the widely respected organization dards for their facilities, they walk the
has gone beyond just words. walk in terms of both education of the
facility staff as well as supervising and
“We have a good working relationship,” continually checking on them.”
said Dr. Reynolds Cowles Jr., president of
the AAEP. “Our goal, from the AAEP’s Accreditation through the TAA is a
standpoint, is that the horses are well lengthy, multi-step process. One of the
cared for and that there is continual over- requirements is having a written eutha-
sight. We think TAA serves that purpose nasia policy consistent with that of the
very well. It is obviously a very respon- AAEP, another is allowing site inspec-
sible group.” tions. Today, many veterinarians who
are members of the AAEP donate their
The AAEP, which has endorsed the time to visit facilities looking for accredi-
TAA since its inception in 2012, consid- tation from the TAA to make sure they
ered multiple factors when forming the qualify.
The first practice to do so was Teigland,
“Good people were behind it as well

Starlight Racing and StarLadies Racing

are proud supporters of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

“One of the best things about
owning an OTTB is their excellent

work ethic. And, it’s not every
day you get you ride a horse that

raced in the Derby!”
- Laura Vorwerk, the owner of Sam P

Starlight Racing’s Kentucky Derby starter Starlight Racing StarLadies
Sam P is excelling in his second career Racing
(502) 645-2232
Margie Shoop Photography


AAEP PHOTO Franklin, and Brokken Equine, located tions lends a lot of creditability to the
in south Florida. whole process, and it’s helpful for the
Dr. Scott Hay, of Teigland, Franklin and TAA to be able to reach out to us,” Hay
Brokken, was the first veterinarian to “Our practice is almost solely Thor- said. “It costs money for the TAA to get
approach TAA founder Jack Wolf about oughbred horse racing-based, and we these inspections done, and we do it free
assisting the TAA with inspections. were looking for ways to give back to the of charge. It is certainly not a thing we are
industry,” said Dr. Scott Hay, the prac- looking to profit from.”
tice’s president. “We reached out to the
TAA to basically say, how can we help? While similar programs exist for other
And their response to us was there is breeds, the way the TAA is set up is some-
certainly a big need for some help with thing veterinarians can point to when
the supervision and inspection of facili- asked about best practices.
ties for these horses, and could we part-
ner with them on that? We were more “Other groups have a similar frame-
than happy to. work, but the TAA sets the standard for
that, and it is a good, reproducible model,”
“The Thoroughbred racehorse has Cowles said. “The Thoroughbred is a
been our livelihood, and we wanted to put wonderful breed of horse that can do so
our money where our mouth was as far many things. It is important to make sure
as the things we say to our owners and that good procedures are being followed
trainers about trying to care for their so they can have that opportunity.”
animals beyond when they are perform-
ing for them. It was a way for us to help If you are an AAEP member and are
that effort.” interested in assisting with inspections,
contact Suzie Oldham with the TAA at
Teigland, Franklin, and Bokken’s (859) 224-2708 or soldham@thorough-
practice ranges from Saratoga to the tip The TAA will start
of Florida, so it can cover a wide range its reinspection process of previously
of ground for the TAA. If someone at the accredited organizations in mid-Janu-
practice is unable to help, they usually ary, while inspections for those hoping
are able to suggest someone who can. to attain accreditation will begin in the
spring after applications are complete.
“Having veterinarians do the inspec-


Join us in recognizing our
2017 Canadian Champions at the

43rd Annual
Sovereign Awards

Woodbine Racetrack — Thursday, April 19, 2018

40166_JCCSSovereignAwardAd_7.25x4.75.indd 1 For more information, contact the JOCKEY CLUB OF CANADA

at or 416.675.7756


2017-12-14 10:56 AM

Aftercare in thespotlight at Equestricon

EclipsE sportswirE

Members of the Aftercare Pathways panel at Equestricon discuss options a Thoroughbred can have for a second career.

By Amanda Duckworth popular at the convention, and among various events
18 of the TAA’s 64 accredited organizations had a repre-
Thoroughbred aftercare was one of the highlighted sentative in attendance.
topics in August during the first-ever Equestricon,
an all-encompassing horse racing convention held in The central location of the Aftercare Hub proved
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Thoroughbred Aftercare handy, as each individual group had its own table and
Alliance was thrilled to serve as the official charity could discuss unique facets of its program, as well as its
partner of the event, and its presence was constantly particular donation protocol with interested Equestri-
felt during the two-day extravaganza. con attendees. Additionally, and equally impor-
tantly, the accredited aftercare facilities were able to
The idea of unification, both within the sport and strengthen their relationships with each other.
between accredited aftercare organizations, was easy
to see during Equestricon. The Aftercare Hub was “The ability for that many of our accredited organi-
zations to network with each other was invaluable,”


“We started Old Friends 13 years ago,
and the difference in aftercare between
then and now is just enormous.”

– Michael Blowen

said Danielle Nichter, the anchored by O’Brien,
TAA marketing manager.
“Everyone may have different who led members of the
approaches, but we all want
the same thing. Being able to Thoroughbred commu-
come together to share ideas
and network among accred- nity through a discussion
ited organizations was an
amazing opportunity.” entitled “OTTB success

The entire convention, stories.”
which covered everything
from handicapping to inter- Those on stage discuss-
national racing, was kicked
off with an aftercare keynote ing their personal relation-
address from Thoroughbred
enthusiast Soledad O’Brien. ship with retired racehorses
In addition to owning two
off-the-track Thoroughbreds, included Anita Motion
O’Brien has spent more than
25 years in the media. (Herringswell Stables), Lisa

Although she was always Malloy (ReRun Thorough-
a fan of horses, she didn’t
consider owning an ex-race- bred adoption), Rick Violette
horse until it was suggested
she give a Thoroughbred a (trainer, president of the New
chance. She lives near Akin-
dale Thoroughbred Rescue, York Thoroughbred Horse-
which is in Pawling, N.Y., and
is one of the TAA’s accredited men’s Association), Jack Wolf
organizations, and she fell in
love. (Starlight Racing, past TAA

“I thought I knew Thorough- board president), Michael
breds,” O’Brien said. “Now,
I often encourage people to Blowen (Old Friends), and
think about Thoroughbred
rescue if they are thinking Nicole Walker (The Stronach
about a horse already. It’s
thrilling to me that the very Group).
first Equestricon would be
having this conversation.” “We started Old Friends 13

The opening day of years ago, and the difference
Equestricon also featured two
panels concerning aftercare, in aftercare between then and
and they were both presented
by the TAA. now is just enormous,” Blowen

The first session was said. “In terms of public atten-

tion, the support from the

horsemen, trainers, and jock-

eys has been immeasurable

over the last five years. I think

we are all headed in the right


“I give a lot of credit to

Thoroughbred Aftercare

Alliance because it has been

a really unifying concept

among all the different after-

care groups. The accredita-

tion process is very, very

difficult to get through, but

once you get through it, you

know that if you send a horse

to an accredited facility, you

don’t have a worry in the


In the second session, Gulf-


stream Park’s Acacia Court- Joell Dunlap (Square Peg
ney moderated the “After- Foundation), and Drs. Yuval
care pathways” panel, which Neria and Prudence Fisher
aimed to show how Thorough- (Man o’ War Project).
breds can and are being used
for a wide variety of pursuits, “This is a wonderful panel
including helping those with that has advocated for after-
autism, post-traumatic stress care for the animals that
disorder, and rehabilitate are near and dear to us, the
people in prison. Members of horses,” said owner Earle
the panel included Anna Ford Mack, who founded the Man
(New Vocations), Bev Strauss o’ War Project. “This is a
(MidAtlantic Horse Rescue), wonderful venue, and it is
Diana Pikulski (Thorough- certainly a great achievement
bred Retirement Foundation), of the Thoroughbred After-
care Alliance.”

The Aftercare Hub at Equistricon offered
representatives from TAA-accredited
organizations an opportunity to speak with

Old and New Friends
by B A R B A R A D . L I V I N G S T O N

Barbara D. Livingston, Daily Racing Form chief photographer and three-time Eclipse Award
winner, has delivered the latest volume of her beloved work, Old and New Friends. It contains 224
pages of stunning photography chronicling famous and not-so-famous Thoroughbreds in their
senior years. Her previous collections on older equines lit a spark among horse racing aficionados,
with all her previous books having sold out. Now, Livingston brings us Old and New Friends,
featuring nearly 100 retired horses including dual classic winner Silver Charm, champion Hidden
Lake, and the country’s oldest-ever recorded Thoroughbred, Prospect Point. Accompanying the
photos for each horse is a heartwarming story about their life, caregivers, and accomplishments
– whether they be big or small. Most importantly it embraces the love showered upon these
selected equine friends in their later years. And in a slight departure from the earlier editions,
Livingston also features some younger subjects this time (hence the New Friends), including the
2009 Horse of the Year, Rachel Alexandra, and the 2015 Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah.

Signed books are on sale
at the Old Friends gift shop

$39.95 + S&H visit or call 1-800-306-FORM


RSpeedcBiarlanSdaviisnpgrsofuodrtNoTsRuAppAodrtvanlltTaAgeA MAfefmilibaetress

Special Savings for NTRA Advantage Members




rebateccooammmbboiiunnneeddt lwwisiitttehhdoofttohheer rreooaffcffeehrrssr..oll. Maximum rebate $400 per household per year. Can not be
combined with other offers.

RReebbaattee TToottaall $$
RebateNNaaTmmoteeal $

NameAAddddrreessss KKeeyyssttoonnee SStteeeell && WWiirree
AddreCCssiittyy//SSttaattee//ZZiipp RReebbaattee mmuusstt bbee77OO00ppPP00ooffffAAee00sseeootttt7rrSSmmttrr0eeee..iiKaaWWPaann0xxe,,Arrettpp0..kkiiyIIoooiitLLeeAArrsStnneerddet66dd.i::ssoaWn11aabbMMn,1166tmmyy.i22eI44aaoLAss3//311rrnS33kk//SS6d--:1111eet00tt1ae////rrttM00ee6ii1111menn00ee76674algg22stt....1r&kS-e0tWrt0ein0ierge2t
PhoneMMeemmbbeerrsshhiipp ## Offer expires 12/31/16.

Membership # KKeeeyyyssstttooonnneeeSSStteeteeeell &&l &WWWiirreeireCCooC..o••. PP•eePooerriioaa,,riIIaLL, ••IL88•00008..44044011..400433100.8803••0rr8eedd• Rebate must be postmarked by 3/1/17.

CCooddee:: NNTTRRAA1155 Keystone Steel & Wire Co. • Peoria, IL • 800.441.0308 •

Code: NTRA15

to the TAA “The TAA is the essence of
credibility for our sport. With
DONATE the TAA the Thoroughbred
industry can say in clear
• Donate directly by sending a check to the TAA office. conscience that in fact we are
• Donate online by visiting taking care of these athletes
• Give a gift in honor of someone special for a birthday, after their competitive years
in racing are finished.”
holiday or special event.
• Give a gift in memory of a loved one. John Phillips
• Pledge a recurring gift. TAA President and Darby Dan Owner
• Pledge a percentage of your Thoroughbred’s possible

purse winnings.
• Give an in-kind gift of goods or services.
• Shop online at using AmazonSmile.

Select the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance as your
charitable organization to receive donations from eligible
purchases before you begin shopping.


• Sponsor an event or promotional item.
• Sponsor printed, digital or TV advertisements.
• Publish a printed article.
• Produce a digital feature.


• Donate time and expertise as a veterinarian
site inspector.

• Volunteer at special events and programs.
• Inquire about student internship opportunities.
•Become a TAA brand ambassador.
• Follow the TAA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

and share content to raise awareness.

For more information, visit the TAA website or contact the
TAA office directly:

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance
821 Corporate Drive
Lexington, KY 40503

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance


We’ve been going the distance for 180 years

As a proud supporter of Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, we provide special
equipment discounts for equine association members like you … and a percentage
of every purchase puts money back into the equine industry to help further the bond
between people, horses, and the land.
To learn more about the benefits to the industry, and how members of
qualifying equine associations can save on John Deere equipment,
call us toll-free at 866-678-4289.

Official Equipment Supplier of NTRA

Some restrictions apply. This offer is available to qualified equine associations members in the U.S. and Canada and is subject to change without notice. Coupon savings offer not to be
used with full-time equine discount program. John Deere’s green and yellow color scheme, the leaping deer symbol and JOHN DEERE are trademarks of Deere & Company.

TAA in action 2


3 45
1 Participants from the 2017 TVG Hippity Hop
Derby present a check for the funds raised
as the TAA was named the beneficiary of the

2 TAA made the rounds on the backstretch at
Saratoga this year, handing out sponsored
rub rags by Omega-Alpha to participating
trainers and supporters.

3 Latin American Racing Channel execu-
tives present the TAA with a check for their
support to our aftercare mission on Preak-
ness Day.

4 Throughout the year, branded saddle towels
are used when participating racetracks
name a race in honor of the TAA.

5 Bettors had the opportunity to donate to the
TAA when cashing tickets at the 2017 Breed-
ers’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar.

6 The 2017 Equestricon event was a huge
success for our accredited organizations
who attended the Aftercare Hub.



7 StarLadies founder Lori Wolf and StarLadies 9
syndicate members presented the Best Turned 10
Out Horse Award during Sunshine Millions
Day at Gulfstream Park. 11

8 TAA Board members, LUXAIR JETS founders
Ken McMahon and Jeannie King along with
supporters present a check from the LuxAir
Jets live auction held at the 2017 Eclipse

9 Yvonne Schwabe and Nicole Walker, TAA board
members, present a blanket to the winning
connections on Canadian International Day at

10 TAA supporter and committee member Donna
Barton Brothers saddles up with a TAA saddle
towel during her duties as an NBC commenta-
tor at Churchill Downs.

11 During the 2017 New Vocations and T.I.P Horse
Show, we recognized Thoroughbreds that
graduated from TAA-accredited organizations.

12 At the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Champion-
ships, the Marathon Stakes was named in
honor of the TAA. Board members and support-
ers are pictured here presenting the winning
connections with a trophy after the race.



After the Homestretch REHABILITATION


Front Runner, a grandson of Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, receives training from “Our alignment with
Greggory Businger at After The Homestretch to ready him for an adoptive home. TAA’s standards has
resulted in our being
In July 2011, After The Homestretch-Arizona Horses at the facility have included a stakes recognized by others
was founded in response to a critical need. winner of 24 races and $175,357; a grandson in the horse community
of Seattle Slew; a stakes-producing mare who as being serious in our
The local racetrack draws horses each year once sold for $50,000; and a track-record-setting commitment to our
from all over North America – from California winner of $200,000. They ranged in age from 9 to horses and thereby
to New York, Washington to Florida, and even 25, and were available as pasture pets, compan- opening doors to
from foreign countries. With an eight-month ions, and riding stock. resources that benefit o
racing season and as many as 2,100 horses ur horses. TAA is also an
stabled there at any given time, it is inevitable After The Homestretch’s mission is to protect invaluable source of
that many of these runners will be in need of the legacy of former racehorses through educa- grant monies that we
a new home by meet’s end. Some have recov- tion, reconditioning, retraining, and re-homing, use in the rehabilitation,
erable injuries; others were not fast enough to with the ultimate goal of facilitating suitable care, retraining, and
be competitive. All, however, have their lives adoptions. After The Homestretch comprises adoption of our horses.”
ahead of them and require new careers and new an all-volunteer team of dedicated individuals.
homes “after the homestretch.” Governance is overseen by an active volunteer FOUNDED: 2011
board of directors and supported by an advisory
In addition to taking horses directly from board of industry professionals. ADDRESS:
the racetrack, After The Homestretch accepts 1328 E. Maddock Rd.,
owner surrenders, has rescued others from dire The nonprofit organization relies entirely upon Phoenix, AZ 85086
situations, and has even brought in tattooed donations and sponsorships (available from $25
ex-racehorses found abandoned in the desert by to $250) from individuals and businesses, along PHONE: (623) 205-8528
the Arizona Department of Agriculture. Coming with fundraising activities and grants from
up on its seventh anniversary, After The Home- supporting foundations. Volunteers skilled in MAIN CONTACT:
stretch has taken in nearly 55 horses and adopted marketing, fundraising, horse transport, and Dannielle Marturana
out 38 into permanent homes. training are always needed.





“Having the
accreditation of the
TAA has added to
our reputation in the
aftercare industry
and enabled us to
better serve the
Thoroughbreds in
our care through
their financial


Slippery Slewp, a winner of three races on the track, took right to his retraining at After the ADDRESS:
Races upon completing rehab for a bowed tendon. He now shows in low-level hunters. 3168 Telegraph Rd.,
Elkton, MD 21921
After the Races is a rehabilitation and is deemed ready, the retraining process begins,
re-homing facility for Thoroughbred racehorses. with the goal of seeking to match the horse with PHONE: (919) 741-9819
Its mission is to rehabilitate and place racehorses an adopter who is suitable and can provide a long-
into appropriate, long-term homes while promot- term home for the horse. MAIN CONTACT:
ing the versatility of the breed beyond racing. Bonnie Hutton
Horses come to After the Races through vari-
Since 2011, After the Races has re-homed more ous backstretch programs initiated by local race- WEB ADDRESS:
than 330 racehorses, having served horses retir- tracks dedicated to finding good homes for horses
ing from tracks in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New in their care. It also receives horses from private
Jersey, New York, and Kentucky. Its doors are owners and trainers who are looking to ensure AVERAGE NUMBER OF
open to racehorses across the country in need of their horses get a chance at a second career. THOROUGHBREDS PER YEAR:
a safe place to rehabilitate and a chance at a new 16
career. Since its inception, After the Races has found
an increasing desire among racing professionals
After the Races, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organi- to see their horses get a second chance, and the
zation located in Elkton, Md., takes in retiring organization is excited to work with these indi-
Thoroughbreds and combines the horse’s history viduals to fulfill that goal.
on the track with a thorough vetting on the farm
to come up with a rehabilitation plan that fits each As a nonprofit organization, After the Races
individual horse’s needs. As the horse is rehabili- relies on the wonderful help of volunteers and
tated, time is spent evaluating the horse’s temper- donations from fellow horse enthusiasts. Every
ament and physical capabilities. When the horse dollar goes directly toward feeding and caring for
these amazing animals.


Make smart breeding decisions


Performance Standings


Recognizable. Meaningful. Powerful.

Daily Racing Form’s Beyer Sire Performance Standings are powered by DRF’s exclusive
Beyer Speed Figures and provide a unique measure of a sire’s achievement.




Aspen successfully completed his first event seven months after his arrival at AFTER the Track. “TAA accreditation
exemplifies the gold
AFTER the Track – Assuring Futures for Thor- program designed to promote OTTBs and teach standard in
oughbred Ex Racehorses – was founded in 2008 others to replicate the organization’s program. Thoroughbred
by Ginny Iverson in Hinesburg, Vt. Iverson, who Educational internships are provided in horse- aftercare, and
has decades of equestrian experience, including manship, farm management, and business inno- AFTER the Track is
eventing, breeding and owning, and operating a vations through partnerships with several high honored to receive
boarding facility, became concerned about the schools and colleges, including the University confirmation that our
number of racehorses that needed help when of Vermont. This includes extensive educational work is of the
their racing careers ended, so she decided to stop activities, presentations, farm tours, demonstra- highest quality. The
breeding and focus on helping Thoroughbreds tions, and television and radio appearances. TAA’s generous
transition from the racetrack. support will enable us
Although being located in northern New to give more OTTBs
The Holistic Retraining Program is the hall- England presents unique challenges, AFTER the homes in Vermont
mark of AFTER the Track. Most horses spend Track has been successful due to good old Yankee and New England
at least one year training in dressage, jumping, ingenuity. Though far from any racetracks, its and expand our
trail riding, and eventing. Each horse is regularly ongoing collaborations with racing personnel educational outreach
exposed to new situations, including off-farm connect it with horses suitable for its program. program.”
schooling sessions, clinics, and competitions. When the snow flies, snow hacks build muscle
When horses are deemed ready and prepared and grit, while the indoor arena becomes a play- FOUNDED: 2008
for their new careers, they become available for ground for green horses. Despite a small pool of
adoption. AFTER the Track takes its adoption potential adopters, its network of professionals ADDRESS:
process very seriously to ensure that each place- helps us identify and support qualified homes. 3364 Silver St.,
ment is successful and lasting. Hinesburg, VT 05461
Above all, AFTER the Track thrives in north-
As a professional educator, Iverson was ern Vermont thanks to the outpouring of support PHONE: (802) 355-5449
inspired to start a robust educational outreach it receives from volunteers, interns, and friends.
Ginny Iverson




$20000Support the

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

FREE BETFR BETwhen you join DRF Bets!
New members get $100 sign-up bonus for themselves.
NtNoPOtLhOUeSDT, DADAaEiElwyPhRPeaOncOinygoSSuFoIIorTpTmenwRaRillnmEeEwaQkQDeURaUF$IB5RIe0tRdsEoanEcDactoDi!uonn!t.

F✓R✓EE FREE ✓a✓ccess Rew✓ar✓ds

DRFFCRlEasEsic PPs FtoREDERFa+ccPersos for EVREeRwYalerdvesl

DRF Classic PPs to DRF+ Pro for EVERY level

Spread the woDrdRtFo.CfrOieMnd/sJaOnIdNfamily, and help

raise moUnseeDyPRfrooFmr .aoCfCtOeordMceaFr/eRJEwOEhBIiNEleT0y3ou wager.

Use Promo Code FREEBET03


Use Promo Code TAA

Bet Smarter with DRF’s Expert Handicappers

Proud Industry Supporter of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

Bet Smarter with DRF’s Expert Handicappers

Offer for new members only. Member must bet $100 within their first 15 days of membership to earn the $100 sign-up bonus.
$50 donation will be made by DRF to the TAA for each new member that bets $100 in their first 15 days of membership. See offer page for more details.

Thoroughbred Rescue REHABILITATION


“The TAA has
not only given
Rescue funding,
it has given us a
lot more exposure.
Before accreditation,
it seems we were just
known on the East
Coast. We are now
known wherever the
TAA is, and that is all
over the country.”

Starwest and Tactical Gold are best friends and retirees at Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue. FOUNDED: 2006

“I never met a horse I didn’t like.” War Horse, supplying Thoroughbreds to help ADDRESS:
Those words were spoken by the late business- veterans readjust to life after the military. 323 Quaker Hill Rd.,
man and philanthropist John Hettinger, a noted Pawling, NY 12564
racehorse owner and breeder, winner of the Program emphasis is placed on providing a
Eclipse Award of Merit, and an activist against safe haven for Thoroughbreds no longer able to PHONE: (845) 855-1262
equine slaughter who fought successfully for race while rehabilitating and/or retraining them
legislation that banned U.S. slaughterhouses. for a second career. While adoption either as a OFFICE:
Two years before his death in 2008, Hettinger companion or a riding horse is the goal, Akindale Erin Pfister
founded Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue on 1,000 also provides lifetime sanctuary to some famous
acres of his Akindale Farm in Pawling, N.Y., to residents, including the very popular Grade WEB ADDRESS:
look after the needs of the animals he considered 1-winning multimillionaire Evening Attire,
his “best friends.” The property is deeded and Belmont Park stakes winner Stud Muffin, and
dedicated in perpetuity to the care of rescued stakes winner Hotstufanthensome. AVERAGE NUMBER OF
Thoroughbreds and has continued to success- THOROUGHBREDS PER YEAR:
fully transition Thoroughbreds no longer able to Akindale is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization 150
race or be bred into second careers or to provide that accepts tax-deductible donations to help
permanent sanctuary to those with special needs. cover the costs to care for the 150 Thorough-
Akindale offers broad rehabilitation and breds in its program at any given time. Anyone
retraining services with its “Reinventing Race- can make a difference in the lives of these horses
horses” program, which has retrained and with a one-time donation or a monthly sponsor-
re-homed more than 250 horses. Akindale also ship of as little as $10 for the great Evening Attire
has an interactive partnership with Saratoga or any of his friends at Akindale Thoroughbred
Rescue by visiting the organization’s website at


Beyond The Roses Equine SANCTUARY
Rescue & Retirement REHABILITATION


“We are honored to
be accredited by
TAA. It has made
the work that we do
easier and allowed
us to help more
Thoroughbreds with
the aftercare that is
needed to transition
them into their new
careers. The TAA
aids in our mission
of helping OTTBs
one at a time.”


Athletica with her trainer Tricia Sawdon preparing for the 2015 Retired Racehorse Makeover ADDRESS:
Project. Athletica was adopted from Beyond the Roses during the Makeover. 11621 Bryce Rd.,
Emmett, MI 48022
The 6-year-old full-service rescue organiza- to the program.
tion Beyond the Roses was established in Mich- In 2017, Beyond the Roses housed 11 perma- PHONE: (586) 321-6780
igan by current executive director Gail Hirt
to provide sanctuary, rehab, retraining, and nent sanctuary horses, with approximately 14 MAIN CONTACT:
adoption placement for horses in need. available to adopt. Full-time residents included Gail Hirt
Canadian stakes winners Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk
Early focus was on locating aging racehorses and Twisted Wit, both 15-year-old geldings WEB ADDRESS:
whose useful track careers were over or near- who in their racing days earned $813,953 and
ing an end – competitors who ran long and $944,699, respectively.
hard and had more than paid their dues – then
acquiring them to repurpose and adopt out to Tax-deductible donations for this 501(c)(3)
loving forever homes. non-profit are needed to maintain upkeep of
Beyond the Roses residents, whose care aver-
The organization now works with Thorough- ages around $8.50 per day, per horse.
breds of any racing background. “Helping
OTTBs one at a time,” is a motto adhered to by Full or partial sponsorships are available
Beyond the Roses’s volunteer staff, to the last- for full-time sanctuary residents such as Nyuk
ing benefit of ex-racehorses fortunate enough Nyuk Nyuk and Twisted Wit, when injury, age,
to pass through this increasingly recognized or temperament has rendered them unsuitable
organization. The ultimate mission of Beyond for future sporting careers.
the Roses is to rescue and provide positive
alternatives to slaughter or abandonment. Beyond the Roses’s wish list includes
There is no age restriction for horses admitted bandages, wormers, fly spray, halters, blan-
kets, and bedding, as well as gift cards to local
feed and lumber stores.


Bowman Second Chance SANCTUARY
Thoroughbred Adoption RETRAINING/ADOPTION


Bowman Second Chance in North Dakota has re-homed hundreds of horses since being founded. “The TAA has been
instrumental in
Bowman Second Chance Thoroughbred Adop- with photos and videos. Prospective adopters helping develop
tion was started in 1998 by Dr. Richard Bowman, are screened by the board of directors, who adoption forms, return
an equine veterinarian. check on facilities, veterinarians, and farriers policy, and overall
to be used. The adopter pays a fee and signs a structure of BSCTA.
It began with a few off-the-track Thorough- contract with Bowman Second Chance. They In 2017, which is the
breds and no real structure. Over time, some also sign a return policy so if they don’t get second drought year
very helpful volunteers got involved and now along with their new horse for any reason, the in a row in the area,
it is an official organization that rehabilitates, horse is returned to Bowman. the TAA is helping
re-homes, and provides sanctuary for the with funding to
unadoptable. The horses that have gone through the purchase the very
program have entered a variety of new careers. scarce hay. The TAA
Hundreds noncompetitive Thoroughbreds Jumping, dressage, and eventing are the provides guidelines
have found their way to the ranch in west- avenues of the majority of the horses, while and direction for
ern North Dakota. The horses are donated to many end up as trail horses or go to work on rescue operations to
Bowman Second Chance by their owners, and cattle ranches. There have even been a few help them move in
many of the horses come from Canterbury horses that ended up as police mounts, and one a positive direction.
Park in Minnesota, a nine-hour van ride away horse in 2017 wound up in a local therapeutic Many thanks to the
from Bowman Second Chance. Dr. Bowman is riding program. These horses are very adapt- TAA for its efforts on
an inductee into the Canterbury Park Hall of able and can do almost anything. behalf of the
Fame. magnificent OTTBs.”
The organization is made up of volunteers,
After a decompression period, the horses are paid trainers, and an owner that spends most of FOUNDED: 1998
evaluated and go into a training program that his time finding viable retirement and adoption
suits them. Once they are considered ready for options for Thoroughbreds. ADDRESS:
adoption, they are placed on a Facebook page 6905 162nd Ave. SW,
Rhame, N.D. 58651

PHONE: (701) 279-5830

Dr. Richard Bowman




Bright Futures Farm SANCTUARY


Bright Futures Farm was founded 17 years ago and provides rehabilitation, reschooling, and “The TAA has
veterinary care to potential adoptees and lifetime sanctuary for others. helped us with the
cost of reschooling
Seventeen years ago, Bev Dee encountered a “forever” homes matching their temperament more Thoroughbreds
bay Thoroughbred named Brite Decision. He and ability levels. for new careers.
was sick, lame, and headed for euthanasia when It is an expensive
she discovered and fell in love with him, little “We reschool both for high-end disciplines undertaking but
knowing how the sweet-natured fellow would and for everyday riders,” Dee said. “And we are also a necessity to
change her life – and she his. The now-26-year- willing to take back any horse at any time for provide these horses
old stakes-placed gelding became the inspira- any reason.” with a good
tion for Dee’s Bright Futures Farm in northwest foundation prior to
Pennsylvania, where he remains today, the Once a horse is adopted, Bright Futures adoption. With TAA’s
heart and soul of an enterprise devoted to rescu- continues to monitor its status, requiring peri- help, we are able to
ing, rehabbing, and finding homes for horses in odic updates from owners. help more
need. Thoroughbreds
Although adoption is the goal, Dee recognizes coming off the track
Dee founded Bright Futures in 2000 and has that some horses – due to old age or infirmity each year than ever
since rescued numerous horses from undesir- – are largely unadoptable. Permanent Bright before.”
able situations. It is also one of the rare facili- Futures residents include Brite Decision and
ties that will accept aged stallions. the stakes-winning Fast Market, who at 30 is FOUNDED: 2000
believed to be the oldest living son of Secretar-
While providing rehab, reschooling, and iat. Year-round residents can be sponsored via ADDRESS:
veterinary care to potential adoptees and life- monthly donations of any size. 238 Old Franklin Pike,
time sanctuary for others, Bright Futures Cochranton, PA 16314
is dependent upon tax-deductible donations Bright Futures is TAA accredited, which
and sponsorships. Graduates are placed in means the organization has been inspected, is PHONE: (724) 496-4960
transparent, and provides excellent care for its
Bev Dee




Brook Hill Retirement SANCTUARY
Center for Horses REHABILITATION

Harrison, diagnosed with autism, spends a special moment with Sir Gus, a horse in the TESTIMONIAL:
therapeutic riding program at Brook Hill Farm.
“We are so proud
Since its inception in 2001, Brook Hill Farm has rescue horses with disadvantaged, at-risk, or to see the TAA
been unique in its focus on working with lame disabled teens. They found that an almost magi- leading the way in
horses. cal, mutually beneficial relationship often devel- the industry. Their
oped, wherein the at-risk teens helped care for generosity makes
Fully accredited by the Global Federation the horses, and in turn, the horses helped the our work caring
of Animal Sanctuaries and the Thoroughbred teens develop life skills. These life skills learned, and retraining
Aftercare Alliance, the nonprofit organization combined with traditional tutoring offered at the Thoroughbreds so
is a rescue, rehabilitation, and retirement center farm, has led the teens to improve their academic much easier, helps
that utilizes an experienced team of veterinar- performance. adopters and donors
ians to create individual rehabilitation plans for identify reputable
each horse that comes into its program. Because of the success of the equine therapy aftercare programs,
programs, the farm has earned the designation and enables us to
The plan begins in an on-site lab where horses of a PATH Premier Therapeutic Riding Center. In help so many more!”
can receive physical therapy, radiographs, wound 2017, Brook Hill collaborated with the local school
care, medications, farrier and chiropractic work, system to bring the benefits of equine therapy FOUNDED: 2001
and whatever else is necessary to aid in their with rescue horses to at-risk teens in alternative
recovery. education. ADDRESS:
7291 Bellevue Rd.,
Well-screened volunteers of all ages help with Many Brook Hill horses have been leased free Forest, VA 24551
the Brook Hill mission in handling basic equine of charge to pony clubs or 4-H members, and
care, farm maintenance, and office work, while when they can no longer do performance jobs, PHONE: (540) 586-0207
college interns earn academic credit assisting those that can are retrained for use in therapeu-
in rehab efforts. The average stay for a Brook tic riding programs. Still others find permanent MAIN CONTACT:
Hill horse is 12 months, during which time most sanctuary at the farm. Jo Anne Miller, Executive Director
residents recover from their injuries and are
retrained for new jobs. To date, Brook Hill has rehabilitated and placed WEB ADDRESS:
463 horses.
Along the way, Brook Hill began pairing




Charlie Monkey competing at the Retired Racehorse Project at the Kentucky Horse Park. “The TAA
accreditation process
California’s division of CANTER – The horses are given a minimum of six weeks to let has helped us ensure
Communication Alliance to Network Thorough- down from the track. A veterinary team evalu- the quality and
bred Ex-Racehorses – provides retiring Thor- ates each horse and oversees rehabilitation when integrity of our
oughbreds with opportunities for new careers. needed. CANTER also will cover surgery costs aftercare program
The organization accepts horses directly from when necessary. Volunteer professional train- through the highest
the track into its adoption program, providing ers prepare all horses – depending on their suit- possible care
rehabilitation and training for new disciplines, ability, temperament, and lameness history– for standards.
with the goal of finding each horse a loving, second careers as competitive sport horses, plea- Accreditation ensures
permanent home. CANTER also offers free public sure mounts, trail horses, therapeutic riding a certain level of
classified ads for trainers for retiring horses. horses, or companion horses. CANTER covers excellence and
Volunteer photographers visit tracks in North- all costs during this retraining process, and professionalism, and
ern and Southern California weekly, and the there is no limit to how long a horse can be in the encourages us – and
organization promotes available horses through program. all aftercare partners
its social media and website. Since its inception, – to offer the best
CANTER’s trainer listings have helped to place Adoption fees, typically ranging from $1,000 to services possible
approximately 1,000 horses. $4,000, are set according to soundness, tempera- to our clients and
ment, training level, and long-term potential. horses.”
Thoroughbreds come to CANTER through These fees help subsidize veterinary care, farrier
owners, trainers, or partner placement work, feed, and board. Horses adopted or sold FOUNDED: 2008
programs. Many have racetrack injuries, rang- through CANTER are monitored for two years
ing from minor to significant. Upon arrival at a and are always placed with a lifetime guarantee ADDRESS:
CANTER facility – well-equipped private farms to be accepted back into the program if the owner 260 Las Miradas Dr.,
in both Northern and Southern California – can no longer care for the horse. Los Gatos, CA 95032

PHONE: (408) 313-1965

Alison Dacher






Trainer Ashley Gubich and Cowboy’s Rule at CANTER Colorado’s facility in Franktown, Colo. “For CANTER
Colorado, it’s a
Cowboy’s Rule, a 17.2-hand Thoroughbred, ponies, trail horses, and more. badge of honor to be
represented the ideal racehorse for the Jensen Much of CANTER Colorado’s success placing accredited by TAA.
family. Purchased for $1,000 as a yearling in 2010, It’s truly special to be
the New Mexico-bred gelding went on to earn horses into new homes can be attributed to its among an elite
$113,280 while racing from 2011 to 2016, winning close partnership with Colorado’s local track, group of TAA
10 of 37 starts and rising from the claiming ranks Arapahoe Park, “Where Horses Come First.” organizations
to stakes competition. CANTER Colorado’s program involves liaising recognized for
with Arapahoe Park’s horsemen to sell their upholding the highest
But when it came time to retire the “Big retirees to equine enthusiasts looking for their level of equine
Friendly Giant,” the family wanted him to go to next horse. practices while
a home where he would be taken care of forever. helping more
With that in mind, they donated him to CANTER In the aftercare program, Cowboy’s Rule Thoroughbreds each
Colorado. competed at the Thoroughbred Charities of year find a new start.”
America’s “Thoroughbred Makeover,” presented
In the summer of 2016, Cowboy’s Rule arrived by Retired Racehorse Project at the Kentucky FOUNDED: 2008
at CANTER Colorado, gazing out upon the more Horse Park. His adventure was chronicled in the
than 100 acres of pasture that would become the “Gates Open at Arapahoe Park” feature televi- ADDRESS:
grounds for his relaxation, and soon after, his sion show on Altitude Sports & Entertainment, 7586 S. Williams St.,
retraining with trainer Ashley Gubich. which not only covers racing but also puts the Centennial, CO 80122
spotlight on the feats these amazing athletes
CANTER Colorado’s aftercare program is accomplish after they retire. PHONE: (773) 550-9866
dedicated to helping horses find new starts after
racing. Together, CANTER Colorado and Arapahoe MAIN CONTACT:
Park continue to promote that the finish line Jamie Girouard, Executive Director
For retired racehorses, the end is often just for Thoroughbreds is just the beginning of more
the beginning, with many former runners going great things to come. WEB ADDRESS:
on to become successful jumpers, eventers, polo






CANTER Kentucky trainees Political Man, Desert Danger, and Lucky enjoying downtime. “CANTER Kentucky
greatly appreciates
The Kentucky chapter of CANTER (Commu- restrictions and requirements contained in the the generous
nication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred bill of sale will remain in effect regardless of any support provided by
Ex-Racehorses) was founded in November 2009 change of ownership at a later date. Adoption TAA and its high
by executive director Amanda Graham. fees, which vary by horse, ranged from $500 to standards of
$4,000 in 2016. excellence and
One of 16 CANTERUSA affiliates across the commitment to
country, the Bluegrass program was originally CANTER requires a twice-a-year follow-up on Thoroughbred
launched offering free online trainer listings of adopted horses for the first two years and once aftercare. TAA allows
racehorses available for sale or adoption at local annually for as many as five years. Beyond that, us to continue our
racetracks. updates are not mandatory but strongly encour- mission and expand
aged. our program knowing
CANTER volunteers visited shed rows, photo- that we can provide
graphing and writing up descriptions of avail- To be approved for an adoption, one must be retired racehorses
able horses, then posted them at on the group’s deemed to have sufficient experience with horses, with the training and
website. Kentucky’s chapter has since expanded to understand the financial obligations of main- rehabilitation that will
to accept horses at its Thoroughbred aftercare taining one in a safe and healthy manner, and allow them to reach
facility located in Georgetown. to have an intended use that suits the animal in their full potential in
question. Stable facilities at the prospective home their second careers.”
Each retired racehorse is given a minimum of must be evaluated and approved, and a veterinar-
30 days off before being evaluated under saddle ian’s reference is required. FOUNDED: 2009
and put up for adoption.
A 100 percent volunteer-run organization, ADDRESS:
All interested parties must fill out an adoption CANTER has successful partnerships with P.O. Box 2996,
approval form that can be found on CANTER’s Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Turfway Park, and Louisville, KY 40201
website and submit it via mail or email. They The Thoroughbred Training Center in Lexing-
must also sign a conditional lifetime bill of sale. ton. PHONE: (312) 513-1259

All adopters must acknowledge that the MAIN CONTACT:
Amanda Graham







CANTER Michigan graduate Tiban, with Wil Zuschlag up, was retrained as a jumper after he “TAA’s accreditation
went through surgery for bone chips, followed by rehab, and does well in his new career. of CANTER Michigan
provides nationwide
CANTER – the Communication Alliance to Online listings include photos and descriptions acknowledgement
Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses – was of available horses, along with specifics as to of our successful
created following the 1998 closing of Detroit training level, potential career, and any athletic program of retraining
Race Course, which left about 200 racehorses restrictions. CANTER utilizes TAA-accredited non-competitive
with uncertain futures. Organizers aggres- boarding and training facilities. Approximately racehorses for new
sively spread the word through a public-relations 30 to 40 Thoroughbreds are transitioned annually. careers, healing
campaign and eventually found homes for each All horses are available for modest adoption fees. injured Thoroughbreds
of those Thoroughbreds. Realizing the problem through arthroscopic
did not end there, CANTER has grown beyond Adopters must go through an approval process surgery, and providing
Michigan and is now a national program with 16 by filling out an adoption form assessing experi- advanced education to
affiliates. ence level with horses, riding ability, and specif- Michigan State students
ics as to the new home. Upon approval, a horse as they assist with all
The goal of the organization is to retire, rehab, can be adopted through any affiliate. aspects of surgery.
retrain, and re-home non-competitive race- TAA accreditation
horses. This is achieved two ways: Since 1999, CANTER has partnered with opens doors, generating
Michigan State University’s school of veteri- additional support.”
• CANTER assists owners who are selling retir- nary medicine to provide injured ex-racehorses
ing Thoroughbreds by connecting buyers with surgery, while giving students invaluable FOUNDED: 1998
with sellers through trainer horse listings on experience as they assist with all aspects of
CANTER’s website. arthroscopic surgery. ADDRESS:
8619 Edgewood Park Dr.,
• CANTER takes ownership of donated Thor- CANTER has no paid staff and is all volunteer. Commerce Township, MI 48382
oughbreds, provides vet and farrier care, Every dollar donated goes toward the support
retraining for new careers, and markets them and transition of off-the-track Thoroughbreds PHONE: (248) 363-8059 (office);
for adoption on its website. into approved new homes and careers. (248) 736-4092 (cell)

Robbie Timmons






Ex-racehorse Zodiac Zar came to Days End Farm in critical condition. Today, he is healthy and “The TAA has
happily living with his adoptive family. helped fund ongoing
maintenance costs for
Days End Farm Horse Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nity-based groups such as schools, camps, scouts, Thoroughbreds that
nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization founded and churches to educate on minimum standards are thoroughly
in 1989 to ensure quality care and treatment of of equine care, horse psychology, and more. It rehabilitated. Some of
horses through intervention, education, and also supports the training of animal-protection our Thoroughbreds
outreach. authorities and law enforcers in large-animal take longer to place,
rescue techniques and equine-cruelty investiga- and it is comforting
Days End is an all-breed rescue, support- tion. to know that TAA is
ing animal-protection authorities in rescuing helping to underwrite
horses in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and When needed, Days End deploys its resources the cost of their care
surrounding areas. Many of its intakes have been across the country and even internationally to and training while
off-the-track Thoroughbreds. lend assistance with emergency post-disaster helping spread the
management and herd rescues. word about the value
It is a unique facility on the East Coast in that of these majestic
it accepts only horses that animal-protection offi- The organization is proud to be a Horse Discov- animals.”
cers have determined to be abused or neglected. ery Center certified by the Maryland Horse
It assists in collecting evidence and preparing Industry Board. As such, it welcomes visitors to FOUNDED: 1989
documentation so that it can testify in court on its Howard County facilities. This provides an
behalf of the horses, and Days End is an expert in opportunity for people who may otherwise never ADDRESS:
rehabilitating critically ill animals, training, and interact with horses to visit a farm, see horses up 1372 Woodbine Rd.,
seeking second-chance homes for them. close, and learn about healthy farm management Woodbine, MD 21797
and horse husbandry.
Because education is vital to preventing animal PHONE: (301) 854-5037
abuse, educating animal enthusiasts and the Days End particularly focuses on reaching
general public is at the heart of the Days End young people so that they gain an appreciation MAIN CONTACT:
mission. It offers many educational programs at and sense of compassion for animals at an early Caroline Robertson
the farm and off-site while working with commu- age.



Equestrian Inc. SANCTUARY


“The recognition
and prestige
associated with TAA
has opened up a
broader spectrum of
donor avenues that
otherwise were not
available to us. We
are honored to be
accredited by TAA
and appreciate their
support so that we
may continue to help
the off-the-track

Stand Proud, a grandson of Storm Cat, pleasantly enjoying his retirement at Equestrian Inc. FOUNDED: 1985

Established in 1985 for the purpose of providing can no longer sufficiently provide care, the horse ADDRESS:
new homes for horses, Florida-based Equestrian can be returned to Equestrian Inc. Sponsorships 4902 Timberlan St.,
Inc. currently houses approximately 27 equine of unadoptable horses for as little as $25 monthly Tampa, FL 33549
denizens of various breeds, with an emphasis on are also available to subsidize upkeep. Corporate
Thoroughbreds. Some are permanent residents, sponsors have included First Citrus Bank, Veri- PHONE: (813) 407-6805
though most await placement in appropriate new zon, Purina, and Manna Pro.
Equestrian Inc. is entirely volunteer run and Glenda Smith
Equestrian Inc. is a rehabilitative sanctuary dependent upon tax-deductible donations; 100
that provides a second chance for off-the-track percent of the organization’s annual budget goes WEB ADDRESS:
Thoroughbreds, enabling them to live productive, toward animal care. A team of dedicated volun-
extended lives. teers performs such tasks as feeding, stall clean-
ing, grooming, exercising, turnout, and barn AVERAGE NUMBER OF
Adoptees are not sold, although adoption fees maintenance, in addition to helping coordinate THOROUGHBREDS PER YEAR:
begin at $500 depending on age and potential – fund raising events, and novices can be trained 25
well below market value. A $10 adoption applica- for specific jobs.
tion fee is required, and an interview is part of
the process. Potential adopters must be at least 21 As founder and director Glenda Smith has said:
years old and deemed financially and physically “Those involved are paid via love given them
capable of caring for the horse. If a new owner from the animals, not with money.”


Equine Advocates SANCTUARY


“We are grateful to
TAA for its generous
support. As a
sanctuary, horses
who come in remain
here for life; many
have special needs
that require more
veterinary services. It
is wonderful to have
TAA funding to help
pay for their
maintenance as well
as for many of their
medical needs.”


Freddie and Mikey are permanent residents at Equine Advocates Rescue and Sanctuary. ADDRESS:
P. O. Box 354,
Equine Advocates is a national, nonprofit In 2006, Equine Advocates opened its Humane Chatham, N.Y. 12037
rescue, educational, and advocacy organiza- Education Center, where classes and seminars
tion founded in 1996 in response to the issue of are conducted and where visitors can learn PHONE: (518) 392-0175
horse slaughter. Structured initially as a rescue about equine issues and responsible horse
operation, the organization expanded in 2004 guardianship. The group has participated in MAIN CONTACT:
to include a 140-acre sanctuary in upstate New cruelty investigations and held symposiums for Susan Wagner
York, where some 80 horses of all breeds and law enforcement in dealing with such cases.
backgrounds – including off-the-track Thor- WEB ADDRESS:
oughbreds – currently reside. Founder and pres- Equine Advocates has been recognized by
ident Susan Wagner estimates that thousands of Thoroughbred Charities of America and the
equines have been transitioned into better situ- New York State Humane Association for its AVERAGE NUMBER OF
ations through the efforts of those involved with work, in addition to being accredited by both THOROUGHBREDS PER YEAR:
Equine Advocates. the TAA and the Global Federation of Animal 15
Currently, some 80 horses, donkeys, ponies,
and mules reside at the sanctuary near “We combine our rescue efforts with advocacy
Chatham, which Wagner describes as “an in order to effect change, educate people, and
equine village where they live out their lives in promote humane treatment of horses,” Wagner
a natural environment, allowing them to social- said. “In addition to providing sanctuary and
ize with one other.” Many residents have old a loving home for our rescued horses, we focus
injuries and special needs. on teaching people how to become better, more
responsible horse guardians.”


Equine Encore SANCTUARY

Two look-alike racetrack retirees in a paddock at Equine Encore Foundation in Tucson. TESTIMONIAL:

“We’re living a dream,” Dale Shirley so little in return. We need to step up and take “TAA allows us
told his wife, Patti, during their years of care of our athletes.” to provide for the
racing and breeding. That dream ended in ‘wounded warriors’
2002, when Dale died, leaving Patti Shir- Shirley did so in a big way. Today, approxi- whose grit and
ley, a noted Southwest-based conditioner, mately 80 former racehorses reside in digni- determination left
on her own with a 120-acre Arizona farm. fied retirement at Equine Encore Foundation. them with large
Over time, Shirley’s goals changed, and Better-known residents include 2003 Sapling earnings but nagging
another dream was born. By 2005, she had Stakes winner Dashboard Drummer, 11-time injuries. This
transitioned her Tucson property from a breed- stakes winner Wind Water, and Del Mar black- accreditation makes
ing and training facility into an aftercare farm, type winner Raetodandty. it possible for us to
and Equine Encore Foundation began as a provide a ‘401k
“Social Security system” for ex-racehorses. Unlike many aftercare organizations, retirement plan’ for
Equine Encore’s focus is strictly on retire- our approximately
The “birth announcement” of Equine Encore ment and adoption; retraining is not integral 80 permanent
was made in the winner’s circle at Sunland to the program. Shirley notes that many resi- residents with big
Park, and within 24 hours, it had acquired Oh dents suffered career-ending injuries – bowed fields, safe fences,
Gracie, a Thoroughbred with a slab-fractured tendons, fractured sesamoids – that likely and full feeders.”
knee. He arrived at the farm Jan. 7, 2005, and would prohibit them from second careers.
the now-23-year-old gelding remains there FOUNDED: 2005
today. Equine Encore is funded through private, tax-
deductible donations. Support can be given on a MAILING ADDRESS:
“Racing is a business,” Shirley said, “and in one-time basis or as regular monthly support at 3225 N. El Burrito Ave.,
business, when machinery no longer functions, bronze ($25), silver ($50), and gold ($100) levels. Tucson, AZ 85705
you get rid of it. Here, we’re dealing with living
creatures who have given us so much and ask “These athletes did their jobs, paid their PHONE: (520) 349-6008
dues,” Shirley said. “They deserve a dignified
retirement.” MAIN CONTACT:
Patti Shirley





Click to View FlipBook Version
Previous Book
GCC Weddings
Next Book
0440 - Kabar 15