TAA HIRES JAMES HASTIE AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) announced today that it has hired James Hastie as the organization’s Executive Director, effective November 18, 2013. Mike Ziegler, who has served as the TAA’s Executive Director since March 2012, will remain with the organization through a transition period before returning full-time to his role as Executive Director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.

Hastie joins the TAA from Cazenovia, N.Y. and brings to the role 15 years of executive management, fundraising and communications experience. Most recently he served as Major Gifts Officer for the American Red Cross in Syracuse, N.Y., where his responsibilities included identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and communications with major donors. He also held roles as Interim Chief Development Officer and Public Affairs Specialist at the American Red Cross. His prior experience includes leadership roles at State University of New York, Zurich Rowing World Cup, IMG/TWI, the U.S. Equestrian Team, and Walt Disney World, Inc. Hastie holds a Master of Science in Communications Management from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Marketing from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. He will be based in the TAA’s Lexington, Ky. offices.

Hastie also brings a long history of involvement with equestrian sports. He served as Director of Communications for the U.S. Equestrian Team from 1997-2000, and as Executive Director of the Morrisville College Foundation (MCF) he spearheaded fundraising efforts to build the Morrisville State College Equine Rehabilitation Center. He was also involved in organizing the 2012 American Express Ride for The Red Cross, a trail ride in Wellington, FL featuring Olympic riders and benefiting the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund.

“We’re pleased to welcome James to the TAA. His leadership and fundraising experience, combined with his passion and appreciation for horses, make him uniquely qualified to lead the organization in its mission to establish an industry-wide solution for Thoroughbred aftercare,” stated Jack Wolf, TAA board president and Thoroughbred owner. “We would also like to thank Mike Ziegler for his dedication and leadership of the TAA. He has been integral in our initial accreditation and fundraising, and in establishing industry-wide support for our efforts.”

CARMA & TAA To Provide Wristbands at Breeders’ Cup to Promote Aftercare Awareness

October 17, 2013 – The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) is teaming up with California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 1-2, 2013 to promote awareness of Thoroughbred aftercare. The two aftercare organizations will be providing wristbands for fans to wear to show their support for retired Thoroughbreds.

Breeders’ Cup attendees may pick up these aqua-colored wristbands at the TAA and CARMA booth located by the fountain near the south entrance to Santa Anita. They will be distributed free of charge with donations welcomed. TAA and CARMA representatives will also be present to answer questions and provide information on Thoroughbred aftercare and their organizations.

“With the best Thoroughbreds coming together to compete in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of caring for these great athletes after their racing careers are over,” said Mike Ziegler, Executive Director of TAA. “The wristbands are an easy and visible way for fans, horsemen and other participants to show their support, and we hope that everyone attending will wear them with pride.”

“An important part of CARMA’s mission is to promote industry support and awareness for Thoroughbred aftercare, and these wristbands are the perfect way to demonstrate that support,” said Lucinda Mandella, Executive Director of CARMA. “Breeders’ Cup is the highlight of our year and the perfect spot to pay tribute to the equine stars that have given their all on the track, and now need our support in retirement.”

For more information on the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, please visit the Breeders’ Cup web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Based in Lexington, KY, the TAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designed to serve as both an accrediting body for aftercare facilities that care for Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing careers, and a fundraising body to support these approved facilities.  Funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup, Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association, the TAA is comprised of and supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, jockeys, aftercare professionals and other industry groups. To support the TAA, please visit thoroughbredaftercare.org or call 859-224-2756.

CARMA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, raises money for retired thoroughbred racehorses that have raced in California and grants funds to CARMA-accredited aftercare partners.  It is run by an independent board of directors and is responsible for hosting fundraising events, educating owners and trainers on equine retirement and working to unify the industry in support of retiring equine athletes.  It is a member of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which works toward a national solution to issues surrounding retired racehorses.

Yearling Raises $57,000 for CARMA at Barretts Sale

There are many ways to raise awareness and money for Thoroughbred aftercare, and at the recent Barretts October Yearling Sale one idea proved very successful.

Jan and Jerry Hawthorne of Double J H Stables and Madeline Auerbach teamed up last year to breed a horse for the benefit of retired Thoroughbreds.  The idea was to sell a foal at the Barretts Yearling Sale and donate all the proceeds to CARMA.  Luckily, they got a beautiful chestnut filly by Unusual Heat out of Practically Perfect and yesterday she sold for $57,000.

“I want to thank everyone for all their hard work to make this happen,” said Madeline Auerbach, CARMA Chair.  “Thank you to Jan for donating a beautiful mare and taking the responsibility of raising a wonderful baby at her own expense, to the Unusual Heat Syndicate for donating the stud fee, and to Harris Farms and Barretts Sales Company for waiving their commissions on the sale.  Without everyone’s support we could not have done this.”

“A key part of CARMA’s mission is to promote industry support for aftercare, and yesterday we saw that in action,” said CARMA Executive Director Lucinda Mandella.

“When the auctioneer said all the proceeds from the sale would benefit retired racehorses, applause broke out in the pavilion, and when the hammer dropped everyone cheered.  It wasn’t about the money; it was about the idea that, as a community, we could work together for an important cause,” she said.

The filly was purchased by agent Tim McMurray in the name of Fleetwood Bloodstock and was scheduled to be shipped to Kentucky for training.

CARMA, a 501c3 non-profit, raises money for retired Thoroughbred racehorses that have raced in California. It is a member of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and has a seat on the NTRA Safety Alliance’s aftercare subcommittee, which works toward a national solution to issues surrounding retired racehorses.

CARMA is run by an independent board of directors and is responsible for hosting fundraising events, educating owners and trainers on equine retirement, and working to unify the industry in support of retiring equine athletes. 

CARMA Launches New Program to Assist Owners with Safely Retiring Thoroughbreds

                CARMA is pleased to announce the development of a new service for owners and trainers to assist in the placement of their Thoroughbreds in need of retirement.  Through the generosity of the Santa Anita Park After-Care Program – an initiative to support racehorse retirement created by owner-breeder Frank Stronach – CARMA has created the CARMA Placement Program.  This new program will facilitate the transition of horses from the racetrack to an approved CARMA Aftercare Partner (non-profit benefactors of CARMA grant funds) for placement in their forever home.

            The Placement Program will work directly with owners and trainers to transition horses admitted to the program to Winners’ Circle Ranch in Bradbury, CA to be assessed, treated if necessary, and then placed with the appropriate aftercare partner.  The aftercare partner will provide rest, retraining and adoption, both, or permanent retirement, if necessary.

There are several prerequisites to be fulfilled before the horse will be admitted into the program.

  1. Owners or trainers must provide some information about the horse’s physical condition; we understand injury is a common reason for retirement.
  2. We cannot accept colts into the program but newly gelded horses, geldings, and fillies/mares are welcome.
  3. The Placement Program is funded by the Santa Anita Park After-Care Program so we require that your horse has run at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, or Del Mar within the last six months or has been training with recorded works over that time span (showing the intent to run at one of those tracks).
  4. A donation of $500 is requested to help defray the transportation and administrative costs associated with each horse.

While we know many owners have the necessary connections and contacts to retire their horses directly, the Placement Program offers a safe and simple option for racehorse retirement.

We invite all owners and trainers to utilize the program for horses in need of retirement.  For more information please refer to the CARMA website: www.carma4horses.org/resources/carma-placement-program.   You can also contact the office at (626) 574-6654 or by email at PlacementProgram@carma4horses.org.

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“Poker in Paradise – A Night Under the Stars” Charity Event to be held July 20, 2013

6th Annual Charity Fundraiser for Retired Racehorses

 –Tournament to be held on Opening Weekend of the 2013 Del Mar Racing Season–

Arcadia, CA – In support of providing funding for the rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement of Thoroughbred horses that have raced in California, CARMA will be hosting their 6th annual charity poker tournament, “Poker in Paradise – A Night Under the Stars”, on Saturday, July 20, at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel at 6:30 pm.

CARMA (California Retirement Management Account) is a charitable 501 (c)(3) organization formed to assist Thoroughbred rehabilitation and retirement organizations that facilitate the care and retraining of horses who raced in California and whose racing careers have ended. CARMA ensures the racehorses have retirement options by managing and disbursing funds to qualified retirement facilities caring for such horses.

Attendees of the “Poker in Paradise – A Night Under the Stars” event will enjoy a laid back tropical paradise theme along with heavy appetizers.  Guests will mix and mingle with industry elite, including racehorse owners, trainers and jockeys.

“We are extremely proud of the work we’ve done over the last six years for the horses in our racing community, and are looking forward to the continued support of our friends and partners at this year’s “Poker in Paradise” event,” said CARMA Board Chair Madeline Auerbach. “The CARMA program has been a proven success in terms of dollars raised and most importantly in the tangible results seen at our benefiting farms and facilities where the horses live.  CARMA has become a leader in the retirement/adoption community and events like this make our work possible.”

Individual poker players enter into the Texas Hold ‘Em style tournament with a $200 donation.  Poker players are encouraged to bring guests to attend and enjoy the event.  Table packages for 8 players are available for a $3,000 donation.

Guests who are not playing in the poker tournament can enjoy the festivities – including a live band, delicious appetizers, no-host cocktails, 50/50 Drawing, a silent auction and more – for just $40.  Register for the event by July 1st and receive a complimentary Clubhouse Pass valid any single day of 2013 Del Mar Meet.

Tickets for the Poker in Paradise event are now available at www.carma4horses.org. For questions please call (626) 574-6622 or email info@CARMA4horses.org. The Del Mar Hilton hotel is located at 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, California 92014.   Attendees must be at least 21 years of age.

THOROUGHBRED AFTERCARE ALLIANCE ACCREDITS FIRST THREE ORGANIZATIONS

Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue (SCTR) one of the First Facilities to Become TAA-Accredited

 New York, N.Y. – May 1, 2013 – The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) announced today that it had accredited its first three Thoroughbred aftercare facilities: Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care in Palm City, Fla.; New Vocations in Marysville, Ohio; and Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue in Norco, Calif. The three facilities are now eligible to receive financial support from the TAA for the ongoing care of retired Thoroughbreds.

Following a detailed application process and careful onsite examinations by TAA inspectors and independent veterinarians, Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care, New Vocations and Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue were each judged to have met or exceeded TAA requirements in the areas of operations, education, horse care management, facility standards and services, and adoption policies and protocols.

“We are honored to be among the first aftercare facilities accredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance,” said Barbi Moline, Director of Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care. “The support of the TAA will help ensure that we can continue to give Thoroughbreds the lives they deserve after their racing days are over.”

“We are very proud to be accredited by the TAA,” said New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford. “We have new horses arriving into the program on a weekly basis and it’s only through grants and private donations that our doors have remained open.”

“This accreditation will go a long way toward rescuing additional horses and providing excellent care to those horses at our facility awaiting new adoptive homes.” said Caroline Betts, Founder and President of Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue.  “The TAA standards were thorough and demanding, and we are proud to have met those requirements.”

Facilities eligible to apply for TAA accreditation include those conforming to the following four broad standards:

  • Possess 501 (c)(3) tax exempt status
  • Have been operational for at least three years
  • Care for a resident population of at least five horses, with at least half the horses being Thoroughbreds
  • Follow a euthanasia policy consistent with that of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)

Applications for accreditation must be submitted by June 1 for organizations to be eligible for consideration for grants in 2013 and 2014. The complete TAA Code of Standards for aftercare facilities and the accreditation application are available at http://www.thoroughbredaftercare.org/.

Based in Lexington, Ky., the TAA is designed to serve as both the accrediting body for aftercare facilities that care for Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing careers and a fundraising body to support these approved facilities.  Funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup, Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association, the TAA is comprised of and supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, jockeys, aftercare professionals and other industry groups. To support the TAA, please visit thoroughbredaftercare.org or call 859-224-2756.

CARMA Sponsorsed Thoroughbred Horse Show Attracting Media Attention

The Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show (TCHS), sponsored by the Siegel-CARMA Foundation,
is getting national media attention!

With over 70 entries of off-track Thoroughbreds, the show is proving very popular among the horse show crowd, and now The Blood-Horse magazine has published a story on the event on their website.

Check out the story, writing by West Coast Columnist Tracy Gantz.

More than 60 Thoroughbreds, most of them former racehorses, will be competing April 20-21 in the first Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show at the Mission Viejo Horse Park in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Designed to give ex-racehorses a chance for a second career, the show has attracted such former runners as graded stakes-placed We All Love Aleyna and allowance winners Blaze N Waggin and Living Word.

Read more on BloodHorse.com: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/77607/retired-racers-take-part-in-calif-horse-show#ixzz2QqY0Wd00