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Friday, May 10, 2013

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Accredits First Three Organizations

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) announced that it has accredited its first three Thoroughbred aftercare facilities: Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care in Palm City, Fla.; New Vocations in Marysville, Ohio; and Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue in Norco, Calif. The three facilities are now eligible to receive financial support from the TAA for the ongoing care of retired Thoroughbreds.

Following a detailed application process and careful onsite examinations by TAA inspectors and independent veterinarians, Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care, New Vocations and Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue were each judged to have met or exceeded TAA requirements in the areas of operations, education, horse care management, facility standards and services, and adoption policies and protocols.

“We are honored to be among the first aftercare facilities accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance,” said Barbi Moline, Director of Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care. “The support of the TAA will help ensure that we can continue to give Thoroughbreds the lives they deserve after their racing days are over.”

“We are very proud to be accredited by the TAA,” said New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford. “We have new horses arriving into the program on a weekly basis and it's only through grants and private donations that our doors have remained open."

“This accreditation will go a long way toward rescuing additional horses and providing excellent care to those horses at our facility awaiting new adoptive homes.” said Caroline Betts, Founder and President of Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue. “The TAA standards were thorough and demanding, and we are proud to have met those requirements.”

Facilities eligible to apply for TAA accreditation include those conforming to the following four broad standards:
• Possess 501 (c)(3) tax exempt status
• Have been operational for at least three years
• Care for a resident population of at least five horses, with at least half the horses being Thoroughbreds
• Follow a euthanasia policy consistent with that of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)

Applications for accreditation must be submitted by June 1 for organizations to be eligible for consideration for grants in 2013 and 2014. The complete TAA Code of Standards for aftercare facilities and the accreditation application are available at http://www.thoroughbredaftercare.org/.

Based in Lexington, Ky., the TAA is designed to serve as both the accrediting body for aftercare facilities that care for Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing careers and a fundraising body to support these approved facilities.  Funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup, Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association, the TAA is comprised of and supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, jockeys, aftercare professionals and other industry groups. To support the TAA, please visit thoroughbredaftercare.org or call 859-224-2756.

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