The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Foundation will thank donors on April 21 at a Stallion Farm Luncheon presented by Repole Stables on April 21.
The number of stallion farms has grown from 13 original participants in 2012 to 22 in 2014.
“Everything we do in this industry begins and ends with the horse,” said Jimmy Bell, President of Darley America. “The industry is not just beginning to do a good thing, it’s doing the right thing, and I am proud of the participating stallion farms in central Kentucky.”
Farms contributing one-quarter of one season from participating stallions to TAA include Adena Springs; Airdrie Stud; Charles Fipke Farms; Castleton Lyons; Claiborne Farm; Darby Dan Farm; Darley Stud; Gainesway Farm; Hill ‘n’ Dale; Lane’s End; McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds; Millennium Thoroughbreds; Ocala Stud; Pin Oak Stud; Ramsey Farm; Sequel Stallions; Shadwell Farm; Taylor Made Stallions; Unusual Heat Syndicate; Walmac Stud; War Horse Place; and WinStar Farm.
Representatives from TAA’s original seed organizations, The Jockey Club, Keeneland Association and Breeders’ Cup will also be recognized. In 2011, it was these organizations that immediately answered the call from TAA President Jack Wolf of Starlight Racing.
“As with any funding initiative, leadership gifts set the tone,” said Wolf. “TAA’s seed funders, participating stallion farms and sales companies are the reason we got out of the gate as quickly as we did, and I am asking all other industry stakeholders to follow their example.”
Barretts Equine Limted, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland Association and Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company continue to provide Buyers and Consignors with the opportunity to support TAA’s mission through a $50 contribution per $100,000 transaction.
Trainers joining TAA’s stable of donors with a gift or pledge in 2014 include Bob Baffert; Chad Brown; Gary Contessa; Mark Casse; Anthony Dutrow; Henry Dominguez; Michael Hushion; Michael Maker; Kiaran McLaughlin; Anita and Graham Motion; Steve Margolis; Doug O'Neill; Todd A. Pletcher; and Rudy Rodriguez.
A complete list of 2013 and 2014 donors is attached here. TAA awarded $1,000,000 to 23 accredited aftercare organizations managing 80 facilities in December 2013.
Based in Lexington, Ky., the TAA was founded in November 2011 to ensure industry-wide funding for accredited organizations across North America that care for retired Thoroughbreds. The TAA is comprised of and supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, jockeys, aftercare professionals and other industry groups. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and American Humane Association worked in partnership with the TAA on the development of its Code of Standards and accreditation process.