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Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Announced Accreditation Applications Now Open for 2024

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Announced Accreditation Applications Now Open for 2024


LEXINGTON, KY — Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced today that the 2024 accreditation applications are now available and can be accessed online here.

Nonprofit Thoroughbred aftercare organizations that are interested in applying for accreditation during the 2024-2025 term must submit the completed application by April 1, 2024, at 6 PM EDT. All organizations that were accredited in 2022 or any new organizations need to apply for accreditation this year. Other organizations that were accredited in 2023 need not apply as their current accreditation extends through 2024.

Accreditation status is determined after a complete and thorough review of the organization’s operations, education, horse health care management, facility standards and services, and adoption policies and protocols. Organizations that pass the initial application review will be subject to an onsite inspection of all facilities housing Thoroughbreds.

Any organization interested in applying for Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accreditation must fulfill the following five minimum requirements:

  1. Organization must have a current status as a 501(c)(3) federal not-for-profit (U.S.) or must be a registered charity within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada).
  2. Organization must have been in operation for at least three years. Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will confirm operation information, including with the secretary of state or provincial business registry.
  3. At time of application, organization must either (1) currently exclusively own and provide care for a minimum of 5 registered Thoroughbreds, or (2) currently exclusively own and provide care for at least 3-4 registered Thoroughbreds AND must have exclusively owned and provided care for at least 10 registered Thoroughbreds over the previous 12 months. Registered Thoroughbreds leased by the organization or owned by third parties at the same facility should not be included.
  4. Organization must have a written euthanasia policy consistent with the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
  5. Organization, or a principal of the organization or an individual directly related to the organization, shall not have any current legal proceedings pending against them which adversely impact the aftercare operations, the organization’s standards of care, or the 501(c)(3) status of the organization.

Accredited Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance organizations are eligible to receive financial grants to further support the care of their Thoroughbreds. The amount awarded in 2023 to Thoroughbred aftercare organizations was $3.8 million, totaling $31.9 million since inception of Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance in 2012.

“Applying for accreditation is an incredible opportunity for organizations dedicated to the welfare of retired Thoroughbred racehorses. We are eager to welcome new members into our accredited network and help our current group further our shared commitment to rehoming our Thoroughbreds,” said Janice Towles, Director of Accreditation and Grants at Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

For more information on the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accreditation process, please visit

About Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

Based in Lexington, KY, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, retire, and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. Along with continued funding from its original partners Breeders’ Cup, The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, aftercare professionals, and other industry members. Since inception in 2012, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has granted more than $31.9 million to accredited aftercare organizations. Currently 86 aftercare organizations comprised of approximately 180 facilities across North America have been granted accreditation. To learn more about Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, visit



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