all in Aftercare

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) President John Phillips issued the following statement April 2 on the organization's work and fulfilling its mission in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic:

“Amid a global crisis, even one that closes the doors to many businesses, horses still need care.

“Thanks to our supporters, industry partners, sustainable funding programs, and rigorous financial discipline throughout our history, the TAA is able to continue its mission of accrediting and funding aftercare organizations, even during this difficult time.

To believe in a person allows them to believe in themselves, and to believe in a horse holds that very same power. You see, the compassionate treatment of human beings and horses are closely paralleled. I see the potential in a being that most would consider unworthy of their effort. In horses and in people, it is the size of their heart that determines how far they will go, regardless of their physical or mental “shortcomings.”

Georgetown, Ky. – March 30, 2020 -  Old Friends, a Thoroughbred retirement facility in Kentucky, today debuted the first in a series of virtual farm tours that will enable fans to continue to access the non-profit organization's 100-plus equine retirees at its Georgetown location during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, there was plenty of horsepower, but not many horses. And yet I can’t remember a time in my life that I didn’t love horses. 

Supporting Thoroughbred aftercare, The Real Rider Cup brings riders together from all facets of the Thoroughbred industry to raise funds for aftercare. America’s Best Racing writer Melissa Bauer-Herzog is currently training for the event and is documenting her training up to the show.

What an absolute decade it has been since I left you last. In my February blog, I discussed some of the physical challenges I’m running up against. I won’t lie, that was a hard blog to write.

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