MMSC Receives Grant from Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

The Maker's Mark Secretariat Center is thrilled and honored to announce the receipt of a grant from Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA). The grant will provide for feed, vet care, farrier care, and the training of our horses - all necessary expenses when transitioning an off-track Thoroughbred into a new career and a loving home. The MMSC prides itself on affording its horses everything they need to make this transition successful, from chiropractic care and acupuncture to specialized training sessions off-campus, and this grant will go a long way towards covering those expenses, allowing the MMSC to rehome more horses in need.

"We are proud of our recent accreditation by TAA and grateful for their support of what we do here at the MMSC and the way in which we do it," says MMSC Director Susanna Thomas.

The Maker's Mark Secretariat Center was accredited by TAA in late November. To earn accreditation, 501(c)3 non-profit 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.

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