Thoroughbred Charities of America has announced the recipients of its Award of Merit honored at breeders association awards ceremonies in April.
Nearly 20 recipients will be honored throughout the year. Recipients are nominated by the leadership of various state Thoroughbred owners and breeders associations.
Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue was honored at the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Association awards banquet April 6, Dennis Miller was named the recipient at the Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Association awards banquet April 24, and Hope After Racing was recognized by the Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association April 26.
Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue in Pawling, N.Y., is committed to the rescue, rehabilitation, and retraining of Thoroughbreds no longer able to race. The organization has successfully retrained and re-homed hundreds of Thoroughbreds since its inception in 2006.
Miller is the former executive director of CANTER Arizona and has helped many owners and trainers at Turf Paradise find suitable homes for their racehorses and broodmares. He has assisted with the rehabilitation of numerous horses and donated shipping, feed, and care for retiring Thoroughbreds.
Started in 2011, Hope After Racing aims to be a refuge for noncompetitive and often injured racehorses by assisting in their development as pleasure mounts. The organization is dedicated to the adoption of Thoroughbreds from Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino.
Nominees consist of individuals or organizations working to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds or the people who work with them, either on the backstretch or on the farm. Both achievements are reflective of TCA's mission to help Thoroughbreds and the people who care for them.