The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced today that 37 aftercare organizations, including the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center, have earned accreditation in 2015. This increases the Alliance’s total to 56 accredited aftercare organizations using more than 180 facilities across the United States and Canada.
“These organizations have gone through a rigorous accreditation process and have met or exceeded our Code of Standards,” praised Jimmy Bell, TAA president. “Our donors should feel confident that their investments in the TAA are going to organizations that provide the best care possible to our retired equine athletes.”
To earn accreditation, organizations are evaluated upon their submitted application covering five key areas: operations, education, horse health care management, facility standards and services, and adoption policies and protocols. In addition to an extensive application review, all organizations are subject to site inspections of all facilities housing their horses.
“This is an honor that we at the MMSC have been awaiting since the inception of the TAA," says MMSC director Susanna Thomas. "Being a young, independent 501(c)3, we had to wait the necessary 3 years before applying for accreditation. The TAA fills an essential role in the Thoroughbred industry. It brings all of us in the noble work of aftercare together and makes us all strive for a common level of excellence that should be both reassuring and celebrated by all those who donate their horses, their time, or their money to any accredited organization. We are thrilled to be recognized in this manner by the TAA."
Based in Lexington, Kentucky, the non-profit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accredits, inspects and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retire, retrain and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. Funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association, the TAA is supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, aftercare professionals and other industry groups. To learn more about the TAA and their accredited organizations, visit thoroughbredaftercare.org.