What is the TAA?
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) is a nonprofit organization designed to serve as both the accrediting body for aftercare facilities that care for Thoroughbreds upon retirement from racing and a fundraising and grant allocation body to support these approved facilities.
How are funds raised?
The goal of the TAA is to collect a small percentage from every participating entity within the racing industry (stud fees, public auction consignment and purchase, Jockey Club registration, race winnings, racetracks, veterinarians, jockeys) Click here for a list of current participating entities. Since inception in 2012, more than $13.8 million has been granted to accredited organizations. Click here for current list of approved aftercare organizations.
How can you help?
At the sales, Barretts, Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Ontario, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, and Ocala Breeders’ Sales enable buyers and consignors to automatically contribute .05% (or $5 per $10,000 transaction) to the TAA. All five sales companies contribute an additional .05% match.
Stallion farms and owners are able to commit the equivalent of 25% of advertised stallion fee(s).
Individuals, corporations, and foundations are invited to send their contribution to TAA, c/o The Jockey Club, 821 Corporate Dr., Lexington, KY 40503. A secure online donation form is available here or call 859-224-2772.
What organizations are currently accredited by the TAA?
Currently, 70 organizations in North America hold TAA accreditation. These organizations have approximately 150 facilities and have affected more than 7,800 Thoroughbreds. Click here for a list of the organizations by location and type (sanctuary, rehab, or adoption).
How does an organization receive accreditation?
The TAA accreditation process is thorough and rigorous. It requires each aftercare organization to meet and maintain a set Code of Standards. 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. Organizations are required to complete an in-depth application and receive on-site visits to all facilities caring for their horses. Only organizations that are TAA accredited are eligible to receive funding.
What is the TAA funding specifically used for?
Grant awards may be used only for activities, materials, supplies, and services directly related to the care of the organization’s horses.
What is the range of grants given?
The grants given out based on how much funding is available in a particular year, how many organizations are to be granted, and what they will be granted based on individual evaluations. Since 2012, the TAA has granted more than $13.8 million to accredited organizations.
How are grant amounts determined?
The grant is determined on a number of variables such as inspections, adoptions, herd size, industry participation, and so forth.
How long is the TAA accreditation valid for?
Any organization that meets the TAA minimum requirements can apply for accreditation. Initially, organizations will be re-accredited every other year, with intervening random inspections to ensure that the Code of Standards is consistently upheld.
If an organization is denied accreditation can they re-apply?
An organization that was denied accreditation may re-apply the following year.
What if a horse from a TAA-accredited aftercare organization is found in an at-risk situation?
It is the adopting aftercare organization’s responsibility to get the horse out of harm’s way and the TAA will support their efforts and assist if needed. The TAA will review the situation to determine whether the adopter violated their adoption contract or whether the adopting aftercare organization was at fault. Based on the review’s findings further actions will take place if deemed necessary.
Why should you continue to support your local aftercare organization?
The TAA grants provide a limited amount to each organization’s operating budget. Aftercare organizations still need to raise additional funds to cover their remaining operating budget and expenses.
How do I submit feedback about a TAA-accredited organization?
Please submit any feedback to [email protected].