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Owners, Trainers Supporting New Vocations
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An increasing number of owners and trainers represented by runners in this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup are pledging a percentage of any winnings to support New Vocations’ mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses. Over the course of the last seven years, the Pledge has raised over $380,000, with all funds going to support the program’s aftercare efforts.
“WinStar Farm is happy to participate in the pledge again this year,” said Elliott Walden President and CEO of WinStar Farm. “We’ve worked with New Vocations for a while now because they believe in ensuring the top care and opportunities for a racehorse to have a second career. Aftercare is a very important topic, and I hope more owners and trainers will consider making a pledge.”
A total of 42 contenders have their owners and/or trainers pledging their support, including Good Samaritan, owned by China Horse Club, SF Bloodstock and WinStar Farm; and the amazing comeback mare Lady Eli owned by Head of Plains. Additional owners and trainers taking part in the Pledge are Al Shaqab Racing, Bob Baffert, Gary Barber, Donegal Racing, Michael Dubb, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Jay Em Ess Stable, Klaravich Stables, Sol Kumin, Let’s Go Stable, LNJ Foxwoods, Thomas Morley, Graham Motion, Doug O’Neill, Todd A. Pletcher, Joe Sharp, R.A. Hill Stable, Reeves Thoroughbreds Racing, Kathy Ritvo, SF Bloodstock, Sheep Pond Partners, David Simon, Stonestreet Stables LLC, Treadway Racing Stable, Jan Vandebos-Naify, Adam Wachtel, Dave Weaver, West Point Thoroughbreds Inc. and WinStar Farm LLC.
“We are truly blessed to have such a great list of owners and trainers who understand the importance of Thoroughbred aftercare,” said Anna Ford, New Vocations Program Director. “Funds raised through the Pledge are vital as the number of horses needing our services continues to grow. The more money we raise, the more horses we can serve. The Pledge is a win-win situation for owners, trainers and the horses we all love so much.”
New Vocations will continue to seek additional pledges through Friday. Information can be found at www.newvocations.org/breeders-cup-pledge.
TAA Accredits 27 Thoroughbred Aftercare Groups in 2016
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The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) has announced that 27 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations were awarded accreditation in 2016. The organizations include 19 reaccreditations and eight first-time accreditations. The TAA now has a network of 64 accredited organizations operating at more than 180 facilities across the United States and Canada.
Accreditation is awarded for a two-year period, after which organizations must reapply for accreditation. All organizations currently accredited by the TAA are eligible to receive financial grants to support the care of their Thoroughbreds. Grant applications are currently being reviewed, for grants to be awarded by the end of the calendar year.
The full list of all 64 TAA-accredited organizations can be found at thoroughbredaftercare.org. The 27 organizations that received accreditation this year are:
- After the Races;
- Bright Futures Farm;
- CANTER Michigan;
- Equestrian Inc.;
- Equine Advocates;
- Final Furlong;
- Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program;
- Friends of Ferdinand;
- Galloping Out (Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Thoroughbred Rescue Fund);
- Harmony and Hope Horse Haven;
- Heaven Can Wait;
- Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds;
- Illinois Equine Humane Center;
- Los Angeles Pet Rescue (Farralone Farms);
- Oklahoma Thoroughbred Retirement Program;
- Our Mims Retirement Haven;
- Out Side In;
- R.A.C.E. Fund;
- Remember Me Rescue;
- RVR Horse Rescue;
- Second Chance Thoroughbreds;
- Second Stride;
- Square Peg Foundation;
- The Foxie G Foundation;
- Thoroughbred Athletes;
- Tranquility Farm (The Harry A. Biszantz Memorial Center); and
- War Horses at Rose Bower.
“The organizations accredited by the TAA represent the top echelon of aftercare services, ensuring that the horses retiring from racing are receiving the best possible care and opportunities to find new careers or retirements,” said Jimmy Bell, president of the TAA and Godolphin America.
All accredited organizations undergo a thorough application and inspection process prior to accreditation being awarded to ensure they meet the TAA’s Code of Standards covering five areas: operations, education, horse health care management, facility standards and services, and adoption policies and protocols. Site inspections are conducted at all facilities housing horses for each organization. On-going updates and reinspections are required of all organizations throughout the term of their accreditation.