Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance EstablishedBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · June 14, 2012
With initial financial support from Breeders’ Cup, The Jockey Club, and the Keeneland Association, an organization has been founded to raise funds for the care of retired racehorses and to be an accrediting body for facilities that take over the care of horses no longer in active race training and competition. The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will be headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky.
Other groups pledging financial support are Adena Springs North, Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company, New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, The Jockey’s Guild, Fasig-Tipton, The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, California Retirement Management Account, New York Racing Association, and the Thoroughbred Charities of America.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will use a code of standards to provide accreditation to aftercare facilities. The code will include operations, horse management, facility services, education, and adoption policies. Once facilities meet these standards and become accredited, they will be eligible for funding from the organization. It is hoped that this plan will lead to better care for off-the-track Thoroughbreds as they are placed with new owners or retrained for second careers as pleasure or performance mounts.