The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association became a leader in the effort to care for thoroughbreds when it agreed to work with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance to coordinate activity for retired race horses.
The TAA is designated to accredit aftercare programs and raise and distribute funds among those programs around the country. The MTHA participation with the TAA requires that funds donated by the MTHA are used for horses that have run in Maryland and that the retirement farm also be in Maryland.
The MTHA is contributing 50% of it’s available funds to this program.
“By working with a national organization that has developed standards and criteria for retirement farms, we believe that we can help make sure that our money is used with the best programs available. By only contributing a portion of our funds to the national program we have insured we can still support local programs that may not fit into someone else’s criteria” said Chris Bricker, MTHA’s Board coordinator for the project.
Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue in Chesapeake City and Thoroughbred Placement Resources in Upper Marlboro were among 20 newly accredited programs announced by TAA, bringing the number of accredited programs in the United States and Canada to 23. The 2014 grant process will be made available soon.
Interim TAA director Mike Ziegler, who is also the executive director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance, is thrilled that all of the MTHA funds go directly to accredited organizations within Maryland and the monetary amount will be increased through contributions from other sources in the national program.
The December 2013 edition of the Horsemen's Newsletter is now online and available for download. To view this edition click here
The Horsemen's Newsletter is published monthly by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and is mailed to each licensed owner and trainer in the state of Maryland.
Trainer and MTHA Board Member Larry Murray has volunteered to become Maryland’s New Trainer Barn Test administrator, taking the reigns from longtime horsemen Eddie Hairfield who retired from this position in November.
The Barn Test is the second phase of a three step process required by the Maryland Racing Commission for all prospective trainers before getting licensed for the first time in the state. Step one is obtaining three signed and notarized affidavit’s by currently licensed trainers attesting to the applicants competency. The final step is a written exam administered by the stewards.
Any prospective trainer that needs more information or to schedule a Barn Test with Mr. Murray is instructed to contact the MTHA Racetrack Office directly at 410-902-6844.