Lexington, KY. ‘ May 7, 2014 ‘ Madeline Auerbach, vice president of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Foundation (TAA) board of directors, announced today that the TAA has distributed the second half of $1,000,000 in grants awarded to 23 accredited aftercare organizations. TAA’s first round of funding was announced in December 2013.
TAA grants are distributed in two equal payments, six months apart to give the TAA accreditation committee time to monitor each organization’s progress and ability to maintain TAA’s Code of Standards. Grant awards are based on a comprehensive review by the TAA Grants Committee and board. TAA grants are designated to support the direct care TAA’s aftercare partners provide to the Thoroughbreds they retire, retrain and place into new homes.
‘We’ve made great progress in a short period of time,’ said Auerbach. ‘Thanks to seed funding provided in 2012 by Breeders’ Cup, Ltd., The Jockey Club, Keeneland Association, and all of our donors ‘ from stallion farms, sales companies and racetracks to owners, breeders and fans: your support made these grants possible.’
‘We’re very pleased to provide this funding to our accredited partners in recognition and support of their extraordinary efforts to care for our retired Thoroughbred athletes,’ stated Jack Wolf, TAA board president and Thoroughbred owner. ‘The organizations and people behind TAA took a major step forward for the industry in providing a long-term strategy for Thoroughbred aftercare and we’re all very proud.’
TAA accredited facilities receiving the second half of their 2013-2014 TAA grants this week are:
- Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue – Pawling, N.Y.
- Angel Acres Horse Haven – Glenville, Pa.
- CANTER, California – Los Gatos, Calif.
- CANTER, Ohio – Mentor, Ohio
- Equine Encore ‘ Tucson, Ariz.
- Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care ‘ Palm City, FL
- Glen Ellen Vocational Academy – Glen Ellen, Calif.
- Humanity for Horses – Mt. Shasta, Calif.
- Kentucky Equine Humane Center ‘ Lexington, Ky.
- Long Run Thoroughbred Retirement Society ‘ Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
- Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue – Chesapeake City, Md.
- Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement’ Salem, Conn.
- Neigh Savers Foundation – Walnut Creek, Calif.
- New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society ‘ Surrey, British Columbia (Canada)
- New Vocations ‘ Marysville, Ohio
- Old Friends ‘ Georgetown, Ky.
- ReRun – Virginia Beach, Va.
- Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue, Norco, Calif.
- The Exceller Fund ‘ Lexington, Ky.
- Thoroughbred Placement Resources – Upper Marlboro, Md.
- Tijuana River Valley Animal Rescue – San Diego, Calif.
- TROTT USA – Laguna Hills, Calif.
- United Pegasus Foundation ‘ Tehacapi, Calif.
Based in Lexington, Ky., the TAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designed to serve as both an accrediting body for aftercare facilities that care for Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing careers, and a fundraising body to support these approved facilities. Funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup, Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association, the TAA is comprised of and supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, jockeys, aftercare professionals and other industry groups. To support the TAA, please visit thoroughbredaftercare.org or call 859-224-2756.