- Published: Tuesday, 04 September 2018 18:51
Beyond The Wire, Maryland’s Thoroughbred aftercare program, recently accepted its 100th horse, a major milestone for the program that was launched in May 2018.
Jessica Hammond, who administers Beyond The Wire and works closely with its Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited partner farms, said the program has become well-established in Maryland racing and also is viewed as a model for other states or racetracks looking to provide aftercare services.
“Beyond The Wire has been up and running for 15 months, and I’m very excited to see many owners and trainers take advantage of the program,” Hammond said.
Beyond The Wire, which receives funding from the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Maryland Jockey Club, Maryland Horse Breeders Association, owners and jockeys, also accepts and encourages voluntary donations when each horse is placed in the program. The partner farms that re-home retired racehorses receive a stipend to pay for the care of the horses.
A network of TAA-accredited partner farms is important to any aftercare program, and Beyond The Wire, which started out with two, now has six: MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, the Foxie G Foundation, New Vocations, Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, Life Horse, and After the Races. The latter, which relocated from Nottingham, Pa., to Elkton, Md., has been active in the Maryland program.
“This place is trying to get familiar with the racing industry,” Hammond said of After the Races, which is operated by Bonnie Hutton. “It’s doing a fantastic job and is doing a high volume, like all of our partners do. The adoptions (from the farm) seem to be really good.”
After the Races said it combines a horse’s history at the racetrack with vetting on the farm to develop a proper rehabilitation plan. After evaluation of temperament and physical abilities, a horse is retrained and matched with a suitable owner who can provide a long-term home.
Hutton said that since After the Races launched in 2010, the program has “found an increasing desire among racing professionals to see their horses get a second chance.”