thoroughbred aftercare

T.I.P. Announces '22 Shows & Youth Ambassadors; Expanded Championships at TB Makeover

Edited Press Release The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) announced Tuesday that it has approved more than 7,000 awards and classes at more than 1,400 shows in 46 states and six Canadian provinces in 2022. Awards are available for multiple disciplines, including eventing, dressage, Western and English pleasure, hunter/jumper, endurance, barrel racing, and polocrosse. A full calendar of shows offering awards is available at and will be updated as show dates are confirmed. In addition, T.I.P. will be splitting its T.I.P. Championships horse show into multiple events in...

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Hochul Signs Horse Welfare Bill into Law

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law Wednesday a bill prohibiting the slaughter of racehorses and racehorse breeding stock for a commercial purpose; requiring that all racehorses competing in the state, as well as all horses used for breeding purposes, be microchipped; requiring that the state's Thoroughbred and Standardbred breeding funds set aside money for aftercare programs and put all funds raised through fines relating to be used to support aftercare; amending the tax law to allow individuals and corporations to contribute to aftercare facilities; and mandating a public...

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More Than $125k for Aftercare Raised by Inaugural 'Race to Give'

The first annual "Race to Give" campaign, begun in September by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) as an online giving and awareness program to support Thoroughbred aftercare, wrapped Friday with over $125,000 raised. Officials from Hagyard presented a check to TCA totaling $125,117 in a winner's circle ceremony at Churchill Downs. "Starting a new charitable effort is always a challenge and usually takes some time to build momentum," said Hagyard's Dr. Luke Fallon, DVM. "So we tried to set a realistic goal, but I think...

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TAA Accredits 29 Organizations

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has awarded accreditation to 29 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations, it was announced Thursday. 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. Receiving that stamp of approval is a true testament to an organization's dedication to providing the best care possible for...

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Over 60 BC Entrants take New Vocations Breeders' Cup Pledge

More than 60--or over one-third--of the 2021 Breeders' Cup entrants and their connections have pledged support for Thoroughbred aftercare by committing to the New Vocations Breeders' Cup Pledge. In the Pledge, owners and trainers donate a percentage of their Breeders' Cup earnings to support New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program's mission to rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome retired racehorses. Now in its 12th year, the Pledge has raised over $800,000 with 100% of the funds supporting the program. "Breeders' Cup is a very exciting time of year for our industry," said Anna...

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Pensioned Mushka Comes Full Circle

New Vocations Thoroughbred Program Director Anna Ford will never forget the excitement she felt watching the 2009 GI Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic as 16-1 shot Mushka (Empire Maker) kept passing one horse afer another in the stretch to close for second. As a horse taking part in the first ever New Vocations Breeders' Cup Pledge program, Mushka's performance meant a $36,000 donation from owner Betty Moran. It was a lifeline for a growing charity dedicated to finding second homes for the sport's retirees. "I'll never forget how excited we were,"...

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Run for the Ribbons Hosting Chili Food Fight Fundraiser

Run for the Ribbons will hold the first annual Food Fight Fundraiser at Cedar Lock Farm Oct. 23 at 5 p.m., featuring a chili cook-off, live music, raffles, and door prizes. All proceeds go to the charitable organization RFTR to fund off-track Thoroughbred retraining and rehoming programs. Taster Tickets can be purchased online at for $10 each and include a sample cup of each chili, one vote card, bread, one beverage, and access to raffles, including a 50/50 cash raffle. Tasters will vote for the Food Fight Champion after...

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Race to Give Launches 'Run-A-MUCK Challenge'

The "Race to Give," began last month by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) as an online giving and awareness program to support Thoroughbred aftercare, has launched the "Run-A-MUCK Challenge." Styled by Hagyard in a similar vein to the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" that swept the country in 2014, the Run-A-MUCK Challenge asks participants to challenge friends, family, colleagues, and vendors to either donate money directly to the Race to Give or to muck a stall (ideally both). Participation guidelines on how to issue, accept, and...

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Hagyard Partners with TCA in Race to Give

The "Race to Give," an online giving and awareness program to support Thoroughbred aftercare was launched Wednesday by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA). is its website and central hub. "2021 marks our 145th anniversary of caring for the equine industry," said Dr. Luke Fallon, DVM, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. "These equine athletes have given us so much over the last century and a half. Our veterinarians created the Race to Give to demonstrate our appreciation.  Leading an effort to support the critical area of...

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TRF 'Barbecue at the Barn' Returns For 2021

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Barbecue at the Barn returns as an in-person event and will be held at Saratoga Winery Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 5-9 p.m. The event, which sold out in 2019, was held as a drive-thru in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to a meal, the event will feature family-friendly activities, music, raffle and silent auction items, along with book signings by Chris Brown, author of "Roll Cyrus Roll" and award-winning broadcaster and former jockey Donna Brothers, author of "Inside Track." There will also be...

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R.A.C.E. Fundraiser Begins May 7

The TAA-accredited R.A.C.E. Fund begins its 2021 fund drive with an online auction hosted on eBay beginning May 7 at 8 p.m. ET and ending May 14 to help raise funds for racehorse retirement and rescue. Among the items available are halters of California Chrome, Funny Cide, Mohaymen, Serena's Song, Havre de Grace, Union Rags, Frosted and Littleprincessemma, the dam of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Other items up for auction is a farm tour donated by Three Chimneys and horseshoes from Afleet Alex and First Samurai. "We have some...

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TRF to Open Chestnut Hall, a New Sanctuary Farm Near Louisville

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) will open a first-of-its kind farm designed to give the Louisville community and fans from around the world a direct connection to the horses at the heart of horse racing. The new TRF Sanctuary Farm at Chestnut Hall will be the permanent home of 11 horses from the organization's national herd of 500 retired Thoroughbred racehorses. These "herd ambassadors" will serve as educators to tell the story of the long life and diverse second careers that await these equine athletes when their racing days are...

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