COVID-19 Updates

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TAA Statement on COVID-19

March 20, 2020 statement from TAA President John Phillips:

“Thoroughbred racing has always been dynamic. Race meets open and close, horses move back and forth to farms, racing gets canceled and rescheduled, race conditions and even surfaces change. COVID-19 may be new, but horsemen and women adapting to situations is not.

“At this point, TAA’s primary concern is the health of the horsemen and women who care for and train horses at our 74 accredited organizations and their 150 facilities. Their health assures the proper care of horses that are currently within the system and the horses that will be arriving. We believe that caretakers of livestock are essential personnel and hope to see them continue in their ability to care for our horses.

“We have been in communication with our organizations and partners, and those conversations have not suggested a significant influx of horses being retired from racing at this time. However, we have inventoried our facilities’ capacity, and our organizations are making adjustments as necessary. In this time of economic uncertainty that we ourselves are not immune to, we will continue to uphold our mission of accrediting aftercare organizations and providing grants to those organizations with the resources we have available.

“There is an old saying in our sport, ‘horsemen never quit with a promising horse in the barn.’ Although the TAA and our organizations are preparing for the worst, we are hopeful that the sport’s adaptability and inherent optimism will provide security for the vast majority of racehorses through the next few weeks and months.”

 


COVID-19 Industry Resources

COVID-19 Racetrack Updates
BloodHorse’s list of racetrack updates and contact numbers.
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Racing Industry Resources & Info From NTRA
Updates, statements, and information gathered by the NTRA.
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Caring for your horse during a pandemic
Ontario Animal Health Network has shared its recommendations for caring for your horse during this time of uncertainty.
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AAEP Resources for Veterinarians 
American Association of Equine Practitioners has created a list of resources and information for veterinarians and equine professionals.
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Equine Disease Communication Center Resources
The Equine Disease Communication Center has a list of resources and information for horse owners.
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Tips for Equine Businesses During COVID-19
Stable Management’s guide on how to protect yourself, your staff, and your clients at your barn, stable, or organization during this time.
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Equine Coronavirus vs. COVID-19: Two Different Diseases
Equine Enteric Coronavirus and COVID-19 are both coronaviruses, however, they are distinctly different viruses.
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COVID-19 Equestrian Event Cancellations
Check out this list from The Horse on upcoming equestrian and racing events to see their current status.
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Kentucky Horse Council COVID19 Guidelines
Information from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
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Kentucky Horse Council Equine Safety Net
Application for the Kentucky Horse Council’s Equine Safety Net for horse owners in Kentucky.
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