Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Honored with Generous Donation from James and Shari Ough

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance was honored with a substantial donation of $25,000 from esteemed supporters James and Shari Ough. The charitable contribution was presented on Saturday, August 5, at Saratoga Race Course.

The generous gift from James and Shari Ough stands as a testament to their steadfast commitment to equine welfare, the future of retired Thoroughbreds, and accredited aftercare. As fervent advocates, their support will greatly aid in fulfilling the vital mission of accrediting, inspecting, and awarding grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, retire, and rehome Thoroughbreds through industry-wide funding.

“We are incredibly grateful for James and Shari Ough’s heartfelt donation to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance,” said Emily Dresen, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, Director of Funding & Events. “By championing our mission, their support enables us to provide crucial aid to accredited aftercare organizations, ultimately benefiting the well-being of countless horses in their deserving retirement.”

The check presentation took place following the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance named race at Saratoga Race Course, highlighting the invaluable role played by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance in safeguarding the welfare of Thoroughbreds beyond their racing days.

“Shari and I are incredibly fortunate, deeply humbled, and honored to support Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and its mission to ensure a secure future for retired racehorses through accredited aftercare,” said James Ough. “Our heartfelt donation signifies not just a contribution, but a gesture of hope. It is our greatest hope that this, and future donations, will serve as an inspiration for others to unite with us in giving back to these exceptional equine athletes. We owe our success to them. Together, let’s make a lasting impact and pave the way for a brighter future for the Thoroughbred – and Thoroughbred Racing.”

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 $28.1 million to accredited aftercare organizations. Currently 81 aftercare organizations comprised of approximately 180 facilities across North America have been granted accreditation. To learn more about Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, visit

Samantha Smith

Emily Dresen