all in Aftercare

This story is the first in a three-part series looking at the formation and growth of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance since its inception in 2012.

When news broke early this decade of poor situations for multiple retired racehorses, concerned horsemen came together to create the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) to raise the standard of racehorse aftercare.

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 2020 edition of the event and is documenting her training up to next September’s show.

While I took every chance I had to ride in October, getting on horses in three different states during a hectic month of travel, November was a different story.

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced today that $3.42 million will be awarded as grants to 74 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations that currently hold TAA accreditation. 

Since inception in 2012, the TAA has now awarded more than $17.2 million in grants to accredited Thoroughbred aftercare organizations.

“The TAA is pleased to be able to award more than $3 million this year, especially with a growing list of accredited organizations,” TAA President Mike Meuser said. 

Shanghaied, Pop Pop and I had lots of fun on the road to the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover. From the time we claimed Shanghaied at Penn National, brought him home to Maine, rehabilitated, re-conditioned, and re-schooled him, Shanghaied has given 100%. My training partner Pop Pop gave more than 100%, taking weekly lessons, traveling to Maine from Pennsylvania and trusting me with the training process. 

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) announced today that 40 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations have been awarded accreditation effective immediately. 

The list of 40 organizations includes 32 that were reaccredited and eight that received accreditation for the first time. The TAA, the only accrediting body in Thoroughbred aftercare, now has a network of 74 organizations with approximately 160 facilities in North America.

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