November 5, 2019: (Lexington, KY): The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced today that
40 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations have been awarded accreditation effective
The list of 40 organizations includes 32 that were reaccredited and eight that received
accreditation for the first time. The TAA, the only accrediting body in Thoroughbred aftercare,
now has a network of 74 organization with approximately 160 facilities in North America.
“Congratulations to the aftercare organizations that earned TAA accreditation this year,” TAA
President Mike Meuser said. “The process isn’t easy, and every accredited organization should
be proud to reach these high standards of operation.”
The 40 organizations that received accreditation this year are: ACTT Naturally, After the
Homestretch, After the Track, Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, Beyond the Roses, Blue Bloods
Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement, Brook Hill Retirement Center for Horses, CANTER
California, Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Equine Encore Foundation, Equine Rescue of Aiken,
Florida TRAC, Hope After Racing Thoroughbreds, Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation,
Kentucky Equine Adoption Center, Life Horse Inc. at Breezy Hill, LongRun Thoroughbred
Retirement Society, LOPE Texas, Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, MidAtlantic Horse Rescue,
Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center, New Beginnings Thoroughbreds, New Stride Thoroughbred
Adoption Society, New Vocations, Old Friends, Peaceful Ridge Rescue for Horses, Racing for
Home, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, ReRun, Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue, Second
Wind Thoroughbred Project, South Florida SPCA, The Exceller Fund, Thoroughbred Placement
Resources, Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa, United
Pegasus Foundation, and Win Place Home.
TAA-accredited organizations undergo a thorough application and inspection process prior to
accreditation being awarded to ensure they meet the TAA’s Code of Standards, which covers
five key areas: operations, education, horse health care management, facility standards and
services, and adoption policies and protocols. Facility inspections are conducted at all facilities
housing Thoroughbreds for each organization. Ongoing updates and re-inspections are required
of all organizations as a condition of TAA accreditation.
Initially organizations will be re-accredited every other year, with intervening random inspections
to ensure that the TAA’s Code of Standards is consistently upheld.
All organizations that hold TAA accreditation are eligible to receive financial grants to support
the care of their Thoroughbreds. Grant applications are currently being reviewed and the total
grant amount awarded by the TAA will be announced this month. To date, the TAA has awarded
almost $14 million to accredited organizations.
The full list of 74 organizations, information about the accreditation process, and TAA’s Code of
Standards can be found on ThoroughbredAftercare.org.
About the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance
Based in Lexington, Ky., the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that
accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, rehome,
and retire Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. Along with continued funding from its
original partners Breeders’ Cup, The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association, the TAA is
supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, aftercare professionals, and other industry
members. Since inception in 2012, the TAA has granted more than $13.8 million to accredited
aftercare organizations. Currently 74 aftercare organizations supporting approximately 160
facilities across North America have been granted accreditation. To learn more about the TAA,