A newly formed nonprofit organization, After the Finish Line, has been formed to provide funding assistance to Thoroughbred rescue organizations across the United States, the San Diego-based 501 (C) (3) announced Oct. 10.
Created to benefit Thoroughbred racehorses and broodmares that can no longer race or breed, After the Finish Line will provide such assistance through yearly grants and an Emergency Fund to assist horses as needed.
The organization’s president, Dawn Mellen, along with vice president Diana Baker and secretary Lisa Amarino, have been involved in Thoroughbred rescue for 30 collective years and have been board members of other rescue and retirement organizations. Mellen, who has an extensive background in marketing and finance, said the lack of existing funding to ensure the welfare of these horses inspired him to help make a better life for them.
“The greatest victory for a Thoroughbred is not winning a race, but winning the race to live long past their days on the racetrack,” Mellen said in an Oct. 10 press release. “Thoroughbreds can transition into second careers … when they are done racing if given the chance.”
The organization’s new website, www.afterthefinish-line.org, provides further information, including ways to donate.
“After the Finish Line exists to honor, respect and provide a voice for Thoroughbred horses, ensuring their welfare off the racetrack and respecting them for their achievements,” read the release.