The 501(c)(3) nonprofit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accredits
, and awards
grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, retire, and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding.
Funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association Inc., the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) is supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, aftercare professionals, and other industry groups.
Since 2012, the TAA has granted more than $20.7 million to accredited aftercare organizations and 11,000 Thoroughbreds have been retrained, rehomed, or retired by accredited organizations.
Currently, 81 organizations with approximately 170 facilities hold TAA accreditation.
The TAA’s Code of Standards and accreditation process have been reviewed and approved by the American Humane Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
The TAA received the 2013 Special Eclipse Award honoring extraordinary service, individual achievements in, or contributions to the sport of Thoroughbred racing.
The TAA received the 2019 Special Award of Merit at the Alibi Breakfast during Preakness week at Pimlico Race Course.
Intensive accrediting system and a strong funding mechanism.
Funds raised provide support to accredited aftercare organizations to retire, retrain, and rehome racehorses.
The TAA is a shared responsibility of many Thoroughbred entities including: The Jockey Club, Breeders’ Cup, Keeneland Association, Inc., sales companies, horsemen groups, racetracks, stallion farms, trainers and others.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is a 501c3 nonprofit that accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, rehome, and retire Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding.
The TAA has become the comprehensive solution for Thoroughbred aftercare in North America.
Starting with 21 accredited organizations in 2012, the TAA now has 81 accredited organizations in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico that operate with the highest standards.
With the rigorous accreditation and inspection process, the TAA accreditation seal is recognized as the gold standard in Thoroughbred aftercare.
These 81 organization operate 170 facilities and offer a variety of programs, including equine-assisted services, rehabilitation, retraining, adoption, and sanctuary programs.
The TAA-accreditation process has made aftercare organizations stronger, more efficient, and has helped them raise more funds and grow responsibly, allowing them to help more horses exiting the racetrack.
Funding and Grants
The TAA is supported by every aspect of the Thoroughbred industry. TAA’s accreditation process provides donors with confidence that their contributions are allocated in the most effective manner. Since 2012, more than $20.7 million has been awarded as grants to accredited organizations.
How are TAA funds allocated?
Pathways to New Careers
Thoroughbreds are versatile horses that thrive on having a career and a purpose.
Since the TAA’s inception in 2012, more than 11,000 horses have found a new home or career through TAA-accredited aftercare organizations. Some are profiled here.
TAA-accredited organizations have transitioned former racehorses into five-star eventers, champions in the show ring, mounts for equine-assisted therapy programs, living tourism destinations, teachers of equine welfare in educational programs, and more. Thorough the work of TAA-accredited organizations, new opportunities are arising for off-track Thoroughbreds.
Out of 81 accredited organizations, there are:
70 adoption programs
69 rehabilitation programs
13 equine-assisted programs*
*therapy programs, inmate programs, veteran programs, etc.
To reward individuals and TAA-accredited organizations that help Thoroughbreds find success in competition, the TAA offers:
TAA High Point awards to honor the TAA horse, rider, and respective accredited organization at horse shows across the country. More info.
The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program’s TAA-Accredited Organization Adoptee Award. More info.