The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced June 27 that the NTRA Advantage program has topped the $100 million mark in savings to the horse industry since its inception in 2002. In all, NTRA Advantage sales of goods and services since 2002 exceed $612 million.
NTRA members that have realized savings through NTRA Advantage include racetracks, owners, breeders, and trainers. Organizations outside the Thoroughbred industry that have used the discount include the American Quarter Horse Association, the U.S. Equestrian Federation, the U.S. Trotting Association, Harness Tracks of America, and the U.S. Polo Association.
“NTRA Advantage is one of the first national programs that the NTRA created to improve the economics of the horse industry,” said Alex Waldrop, president and CEO of the NTRA. “By aggregating the collective buying power of the horse industry, NTRA Advantage has been able to make a significant difference in the bottom lines of horse operations large and small.”
Jeff Pettigrew, senior vice president of NTRA Advantage, noted that in addition to savings for members a portion of sales proceeds goes to support NTRA programs. He added that industry leaders are working with NTRA Advantage to add new partners to the current list that includes John Deere, UPS, Sherwin-Williams, OfficeMax, Pfizer Animal Health, Flair Equine Nasal Strips, and Hagyard Pharmacy.