The 501(c)(3) nonprofit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, retire, and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding.
Funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association Inc., the TAA is supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, aftercare professionals, and other industry groups.
Since 2012, the TAA has granted more than $13.8 million to accredited aftercare organizations and 7,800 Thoroughbreds have been retrained, rehomed, or retired by accredited organizations.
Currently, 70 organizations with approximately 160 facilities hold TAA accreditation.
- The TAA’s Code of Standards and accreditation process have been reviewed and approved by the American Humane Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
- The TAA received the 2013 Special Eclipse Award honoring extraordinary service, individual achievements in, or contributions to the sport of Thoroughbred racing.
- The TAA received the 2019 Special Award of Merit at the Alibi Breakfast during Preakness week at Pimlico Race Course.
- Industry-united initiative.
- Intensive accrediting system and a strong funding mechanism.
- Funds raised provide support to accredited aftercare organizations to retire, retrain, and rehome racehorses.
- The TAA is a shared responsibility of many Thoroughbred entities including: The Jockey Club, Breeders’ Cup, Keeneland Association, Inc., sales companies, horsemen groups, racetracks, stallion farms, trainers and others.