thoroughbred aftercare

CARMAthon to Return Aug. 20

California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) is revamping its summer online fundraiser which will be live on TVG Saturday, Aug. 20--sharing the GI Del Mar Oaks Day coverage. Heartwarming and uplifting stories of Thoroughbred aftercare will be shared on CARMA's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts throughout the month of August and all-day Aug. 20. "CARMAthon has been a huge win for us, especially given the circumstances surrounding the pandemic," said Billy Koch, CARMA President and Founder and Managing Partner of Little Red Feather Racing. "The racing industry has really stepped up...

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UK Racing Partners With HEROS To Expand Safety Net

HEROS has become the new primary partner for British horseracing's official welfare charity, Retraining of Racehorses (RoR). The aftercare and retraining specialist centre in Oxfordshire will provide specialist care and support for horses at their first step out of racing beginning in August. The appointment marks an important milestone in the collective establishment of racing's responsibility, and an expansion of the industry's safety net, which has been led by The Horse Welfare Board and RoR. Established and led by Grace Muir, the HEROS charity has rehomed more than 700 ex-racehorses...

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Women in Racing, TAA to Be Featured at Churchill's Champions Day

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) will be present on Churchill Downs's Champion's Day Tuesday at the Ladies in Racing Symposium, followed by a race presentation on the undercard. Champions for a Change will feature Ladies in Racing with a symposium of influential women in the Thoroughbred industry. A powerhouse panel of women will be featured, and all tickets have access to the symposium. Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance supporters Shannon Arvin, Keeneland Association president & chief executive officer, and Dora Delgado, Breeders' Cup World Championships executive vice president & chief racing officer,...

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New Vocations' Open Barn & BBQ Returns Apr. 29

After a two-year pause due to the pandemic, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program will host its fifth Annual Open Barn & BBQ Friday, Apr. 29 from 3-8:30 p.m. at the program's Lexington, KY facility. This year's event--held concurrently with the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, which will take place at the nearby Kentucky Horse Park--will be part of the nation's oldest and largest racehorse adoption charity's year-long 30th Anniversary celebration. "We can't wait to welcome guests back to New Vocations at Mereworth Farm," said Anna Ford, New Vocations' Thoroughbred Program...

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TAA Launches Second Annual Calendar Photo Contest

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) Calendar Photo Contest is now open for submissions. The TAA is seeking photos of Thoroughbreds at a TAA-accredited organization or of Thoroughbreds who have been adopted from a TAA-accredited organization. Online submissions will be accepted now through June 11, 2022. Twelve photos will be selected, including one cover photo winner which will receive a Tipperary 9800 Devon with MIPS helmet. Additionally, all twelve winners will receive a Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance swag bag and 2023 TAA Calendar. Winners will be announced in August 2022. Repole Stable...

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MHBA Creates Aftercare Account for Maryland-Breds

The Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) has announced the creation of an aftercare account that will direct funds to support Maryland-bred racehorses as they are retired and preparing for their second career. The account, called BackStop, will be funded by extracting a $25 fee from each Maryland-bred registration submitted. BackStop funds will not replace or relieve the responsibility of the owner, breeder or trainer to arrange for aftercare for their retirees. Funds will be disperses on an as-available basis up to $2,000 and are to be used as adjunct support...

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Ohio HBPA Donates To New Vocations

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced that it has received a $75,000 donation from the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. The donation will help support aftercare efforts at the New Vocations facility in Medina, Ohio, which focuses on rehabbing, retraining and rehoming Thoroughbred racehorses retiring from racetracks in the state. "Making sure our horses have a good home after retiring from racing is vital to the Ohio HBPA," said Ohio HBPA Executive Director Dave Basler. "Continuing to support New Vocations is an easy decision given their 30-year track record...

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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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