The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced Nov. 20 that 37 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations have been awarded accreditation in 2017.
The accredited organizations include 31 that were re-accredited and six that have received accreditation for the first time. The TAA, the only accrediting organization in Thoroughbred aftercare, has a network of 64 accredited organizations operating 180 facilities across the United States and Canada.
"Time and time again we are reminded that the TAA accreditation process is seen as the gold standard of aftercare in the Thoroughbred industry. Therefore, we recognize the immense value it brings to these organizations for going through the in-depth application process and on-site inspections. For donors, supporters, and Thoroughbred fans it shows that these organizations are in fact taking care of these athletes," said John Phillips, TAA president and Darby Dan Farm owner.
Accreditation is awarded for a two-year period, after which organizations must re-apply for accreditation. All organizations currently accredited by the TAA are eligible to receive financial grants to support the care of their Thoroughbreds. Grant applications are being reviewed for grants to be awarded by the end of the calendar year.
The 37 organizations that received accreditation this year are: After the Homestretch, After the TRACK, Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, Beyond the Roses, Bowman Second Chance Thoroughbred Adoption, Brook Hill Retirement Center for Horses, CANTER California, CANTER Colorado, CANTER Kentucky, Days End Farm, Equine Encore Foundation, Equine Rescue of Aiken, Florida TRAC, Glen Ellen Vocational Academy, Hope for Horses, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Humanity for Horses, Kentucky Equine Humane Center, Life Horse, Lone Star Outreach to Place Ex-Racehorses, LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society, Lucky Orphans, Maker's Mark Secretariat Center, MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, Old Friends, Peaceful Ridge Rescue, ReRun, Saratoga Warhorse Foundation, South Florida SPCA, Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue, The Exceller Fund, Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa, and United Pegasus Foundation.
All accredited organizations undergo a thorough application and inspection process prior to accreditation being awarded to ensure they meet the TAA's Code of Standards covering five areas: operations, education, horse health care management, facility standards and services, and adoption policies and protocols. Site inspections are conducted at all facilities housing horses for each organization. On-going updates and re-inspections are required of all organizations throughout the term of their accreditation.
The full list of all 64 TAA-accredited organizations can be found online at thoroughbredaftercare.org/taa-accredited-organizations.