The Race Track Chaplaincy of America has named Dan Waits as the new executive director of the organization. He replaces Craig Wiley, who recently retired from the position.
Here are some equine charities focused on Thoroughbred racing and beyond that give back to horses and the humans who love them on Giving Tuesday, a chance to donate to charities that make a difference all over the world.
Eric Najduch was presented with the White Horse Award, which recognizes someone who has done something heroic for another human or a horse, on Oct. 29, but he used the opportunity to honor unsung heroes of horse racing.
James E. "Ted" Bassett, the former chairman and president of Keeneland, will be presented with the Horace W. "Salty" Roberts Founder's Award at Race Track Chaplaincy of America's 13th annual White Horse luncheon.
The Tampa Bay Downs division of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America will hold its 23rd "Hearts Reaching Out" golf tournament, dinner, and charity auction March 2.
Jockey Rodolfo Arvizu, who assisted fellow rider Anne Von Rosen after a racing accident earlier this year at Turf Paradise, was presented with the 2014 White Horse Award by the Race Track Chaplaincy of America Oct. 30.
The Jockeys' Guild has partnered with the Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) to establish an account for funds for the family of apprentice jockey Juan Saez.
Three people will be recognized by the Race Track Chaplaincy of America during the Oct. 30 White Horse Awards Luncheon in Arcadia, Calif., in conjunction with the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
The Racetrack Chaplaincy of America is seeking nominations for the 12th annual White Horse Award.
Race Track Chaplaincy of America will host its second annual golf tournament Oct. 1 at Griffin Gate Golf Club in Lexington Ky., with a portion of the proceeds from the event benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Dr. Michael Mason will receive the 2013 White Horse Award for his effort to protect a loose horse and others at Emerald Downs, the Race Track Chaplaincy of America announced Sept. 27.
The Race Track Chaplaincy of America's 2012 White Horse Award will honor the late Michael Priddy, a Remington Park maintenance worker who died of injuries after a horse crashed the starting gate
The deadline for nominations for the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's White Horse Award is Aug. 31.
The Race Track Chaplaincy of America's board of directors has named retiring United States Army Chaplain (Col.) Craig Wiley as its new executive director. He will assume his duties in April.
The Race Track Chaplaincy of America will recognize a new category of supporters in 2012 by establishing the 40th Anniversary Society.
Remington Park gate crewman Jeremy Best has been selected as the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's 2011 White Horse Award recipient for rescuing Quarter Horse jockey Roy Brooks during an incident last spring.
The Race Track Chaplaincy of America held its annual business meeting April 12 in Georgetown, Ky., that was followed by a banquet in tribute to retiring executive director Enrique Torres.
Daniel Orantes, 29, was presented with the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's White Horse Award at the organization's annual luncheon at Churchill Downs Nov. 4.
Daniel Orantes, a groom at Churchill Downs, is the 2010 recipient of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's White Horse Award.
The Race Track Chaplaincy of America is now seeking nominations for the 2010 White Horse Award.
The RTCA says Chilean backstretch workers need more support as earthquakes continue to rock Chile. Many backstretch workers have sought temporary shelter in racetrack infields.
The Racetrack Chaplaincy of America and Chilean racetrack chaplaincy ministries have partnered to create a fund to provide relief for Chilean backstretch workers affected by recent earthquakes in Chile.
Chaplain Ed Donnally, director of development for the Race Track Chaplaincy of America since 2001, has announced his resignation from the organization.
Todd Malley, Larry Higgs, Beau Smith, and Jason Inabinnett were given the RTCA's White Horse Award at Santa Anita Park Oct. 23. The four men risked their lives to lead 19 of their 40 horses from their stalls before their Vinton, La., barn was engulfed in flames.
The Race Track Chaplaincy of America will honor racing's unsung heroes with it sixth White Horse Award presented by Taylor Made at Santa Anita Park Oct. 23, the day before the start of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
- By Esther Marr
On April 28, long time racetrack worker and paraplegic Rodney Burnett began a daunting journey with a worthy mission. Burnett, 51, is currently en route to the West Coast in a covered wagon on a 2,500-mile cross country trip that began in Williston, Fla.
- By Claire Novak
Navy Aircraft Mechanic first class Johnny Arrendondo Ponce became the first non-track worker to win the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's White Horse Award when it was presented Oct. 25 at the Taylor Made Stallions' White Horse Heroes Luncheon at Monmouth Park.
A once in a lifetime opportunity for the high bidder and nine friends to enjoy an all-expense paid dinner with racing legends Russell Baze, Pat Day and Laffit Pincay Jr., is being auctioned on e-Bay by the Race Track Chaplaincy of America.
- By Esther Marr
Members of the Georgetown, Ky., City Council voted 7-0 Aug. 27 to sell 20 acres of the former Bradshaw farm property to Tracy Hilander instead of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America.
- By Esther Marr
Race Track Chaplaincy of America presented a $10,000 check to Georgetown, hoping to buy part of the former Bradshaw horse farm for use as its national headquarters.
Former jockey Pat Day took a recent trip to three Korean tracks in behalf of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America and solidified his status as one of horse racing's best known ambassadors.
The Race Track Chaplaincy of America recently concluded special training for "White Horse Riders" who will respond to disasters that impact the horse racing community.
The Racetrack Chaplaincy of America has launched "White Horse Riders," a group of specially trained RTCA chaplains who will deploy to assist racing-related victims during disasters in areas where racing workers and racetracks are adversely affected.
Race Track Chaplaincy of America will present its annual White Horse Community Award to the Lexington, Ky., police officer and the two Blue Grass Airport public safety officers who rescued the lone survivor from the Aug. 27 Comair crash, during the Taylor Made Sales Agency White Horse Heroes Luncheon at Churchill Downs Triple Crown Room Nov. 2.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) announced the Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) is the recipient of the 2006 Industry Service Award. The award will be presented at the TOBA National Awards Dinner Sept. 8 at Vinery in Lexington.
Louis Pomes, who worked tirelessly to find and lead abandoned horses to safety in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, was named the 2005 winner of the White Horse Award Thursday afternoon at Belmont Park.
With the help of Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day and Sandy Hawley, Canterbury Park and the Race Track Chaplaincy of America announced that nearly half of its $250,000 fundraising goal for a new chapel has been met.
As the Churchill Downs bugler played "My Old Kentucky Home," an emotional Pat Day officially hung up his saddle today during a press conference at the Louisville, Ky. track, where he is the all-time leading rider with 2,481 wins, including 155 stakes wins.
All Glory to God, a rare white Thoroughbred in training at San Luis Rey Downs in Southern California, will race to benefit the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, according to the colt's owners and RTCA officials.
The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and Arlington Park have joined to form a new Backstretch Council comprised of people and organizations that will assist in providing services to backstretch residents while having a daily presence at the racetrack.
Above and Beyond, a painting by noted Ocala, Fla. artist Sharon Crute, will be auctioned during the "Throwing Full Crosses" banquet to benefit Race Track Chaplaincy of America's Ocala Farm Ministry. The banquet will be held 6:30 p.m., March 19 at the Gallery Square, next to the Arthur Appleton Museum on Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala.
Edward Smith was elected president of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America at the organization's five-day Annual Convention and Chaplains' School, which ended Jan. 10 in Anaheim, Calif.
John Woodley, a jockey and exercise rider at Fairmount Park in southern Illinois was named the recipient of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's White Horse Award Thursday afternoon at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
In conjunction with the presentation of its White Horse Award Oct. 28 at Lone Star Park, the Race Track Chaplaincy of America will offer for sale life-sized works of art to benefit its programs.
The Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy will hold "Call to the Post," a fund-raising event scheduled for Sept. 17 at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington.
Pat Day began his "What a Difference a Day Makes" summer tour to benefit the Race Track Chaplaincy of America July 20 at River Downs by riding in a few races in the afternoon and speaking during dinner in the clubhouse that evening.
The Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) announced its first nominees for the 2004 White Horse Award, which strives to honor unsung heroes at North American racetracks.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie will host the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's White Horse Heroes Luncheon as one of its special events in conjunction with the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships there Oct. 30. The White Horse Heroes Luncheon is set for Oct. 28.
Don Dean, a Washington, D.C.-based corporate Congressional representative and Maryland Thoroughbred owner and breeder, was re-elected president of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America during the organization's National Chaplain's School and Convention Jan. 7-12 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Bluegrass Farms Chaplaincy, designed to meet the needs of horse farm workers in Central Kentucky, officially kicked off its program Jan. 14 with its first prayer breakfast at Keeneland during the January mixed sale. The chaplaincy hopes to line up 12 facilities to serve as "founding farms."
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