The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced March 18 that Gretchen Jackson has joined the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance’s Subcommittee on Aftercare, a program that focuses on the aftercare of retired Thoroughbreds. Jackson and her husband, Roy, owned Barbaro, winner of the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
“We are delighted that Gretchen has joined the many outstanding leaders on our Aftercare Subcommittee who do so much on behalf of our retired equine athletes,” said Mike Ziegler, executive director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
The goal of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance Subcommittee on Aftercare is to work toward a national solution to issues surrounding retired Thoroughbred racehorses. This includes enhancement of funding for retired racehorses, and improvement of standards for racetracks and other industry participants.
“Aftercare is a shared issue among the entire industry,” said Ziegler. “The Alliance recently refined its Code of Standards for 2010 in many areas, including aftercare, so as to maximize the effectiveness of its policies and initiatives.”
“This is a tough industry to get anyone to agree on anything, but one thing we all agree on is that we all love our horses,” said Jackson.
Members of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance Subcommittee on Aftercare include:
• Madeline Auerbach, CARMA
• Anna Ford, New Vocations
• Liz Harris, Churchill Downs, Inc.
• Gretchen Jackson, Lael Stables
• Nancy Koch, CANTER
• Lucinda Mandella, CARMA
• Diana Pikulski, Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation
• Mike Ziegler, NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance
More information on the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance can be found at www.NTRAalliance.com.