The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is a 501c3 nonprofit that accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, rehome, and retire Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding.
The TAA has become the comprehensive solution for Thoroughbred aftercare in North America.
Starting with 21 accredited organizations in 2012, the TAA now has 81 accredited organizations in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico that operate with the highest standards.
With the rigorous accreditation and inspection process, the TAA accreditation seal is recognized as the gold standard in Thoroughbred aftercare.
These 81 organization operate 180 facilities and offer a variety of programs, including equine-assisted services, rehabilitation, retraining, adoption, and sanctuary programs.
The TAA-accreditation process has made aftercare organizations stronger, more efficient, and has helped them raise more funds and grow responsibly, allowing them to help more horses exiting the racetrack.
Funding and Grants
The TAA is supported by every aspect of the Thoroughbred industry. TAA’s accreditation process provides donors with confidence that their contributions are allocated in the most effective manner. Since 2012, more than $28.1 million has been awarded as grants to accredited organizations.
How are TAA funds allocated?
- 75% — Grants to accredited organizations, earmarked for equine care
- 10% — Accreditation process, including physical site inspections of every facility
- 10% — G&A operations
- 5% — Reserve fund
Pathways to New Careers
Thoroughbreds are versatile horses that thrive on having a career and a purpose.
Since the TAA’s inception in 2012, more than 15,500 horses have found a new home or career through TAA-accredited aftercare organizations. Some are profiled here.
TAA-accredited organizations have transitioned former racehorses into five-star eventers, champions in the show ring, mounts for equine-assisted therapy programs, living tourism destinations, teachers of equine welfare in educational programs, and more. Thorough the work of TAA-accredited organizations, new opportunities are arising for off-track Thoroughbreds.
Out of 81 accredited organizations, there are:
- 70 adoption programs
- 70 rehabilitation programs
- 56 sanctuaries
- 19 equine-assisted programs*
*therapy programs, inmate programs, veteran programs, etc.
To reward individuals and TAA-accredited organizations that help Thoroughbreds find success in competition, the TAA offers: