The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced today that 29 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations have been awarded accreditation.
The 29 organizations include 25 previously accredited organizations and four that received accreditation for the first time. The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, the only accrediting body in Thoroughbred aftercare, now has a network of 82 organizations with approximately 180 facilities in North America.
“Congratulations to the 29 organizations who earned their Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accreditation,” said Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance President Jimmy Bell. “Receiving that stamp of approval is a true testament to an organization’s dedication to providing the best care possible for our Thoroughbreds.
“A total of 82 accredited organizations across North America will represent the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance during our tenth year,” Bell continued. “As we expand our roster of accredited organizations, we continue to encourage industry participants to support the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance’s mission to provide funding for the thousands of retired racehorses Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited organizations have in their care.”
The 29 organizations earning accreditation this year are: ACTT Naturally, Inc.; After The Homestretch; Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue; Beyond The Roses Equine Rescue & Retirement; Blue Bloods Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement, Inc.; Circle A Home for Horses; Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care (Florida TRAC); Hope After Racing Thoroughbreds; Hope for Horses, Inc.; Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation; James River Horse Foundation; Life Horse; LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society; Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue; New Beginnings Thoroughbreds, Inc.; New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society; Racing For Home, Inc.; Redwings Horse Sanctuary; ReRun, Inc.; Second Wind Thoroughbred Project, Inc.; Secretariat Center; South Florida SPCA; Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue; Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga; Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc.; Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation; Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa, Inc.; Virginia Thoroughbred Project; Win Place Home, Inc.
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accredited organizations undergo a thorough application and inspection process prior to accreditation being awarded to ensure they meet Code of Standards, which covers five key areas: operations, education, horse health care management, facility standards and services, and adoption policies and protocols. Facility inspections are conducted at all facilities housing Thoroughbreds for each organization. Ongoing updates and re-inspections are required of all organizations as a condition of accreditation.
“As a member of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Accreditation Committee, its eye opening to see first-hand how much goes into the lengthy process of reviewing and vetting every single organization,” said Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance board member Susie Hart. “Earning accreditation is no easy feat and I feel confident with the 82 amazing groups we will represent for 2022.”
All organizations that hold Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accreditation are eligible to receive financial grants to support the care of their Thoroughbreds. Grant applications are currently being reviewed and the total grant amount awarded by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be announced this month. Since 2012, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has awarded $20.7 million to accredited organizations.
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