Trainer Benefit Trust Fund

Trainers and their spouses can receive a helping hand of limited assistance with medical and dental expenses through the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Benefit Trust Fund, administered by the MTHA.

Assistance is a founding purpose of horsemen’s organizations throughout the country and the MTHA’s Benefit Trust is recognized as one of the nation’s most robust programs designed to support individuals in need who aren’t covered by other programs. This initiative has been in place since the inception of the MTHA and is authorized annually by the Board of Directors. 


Program is open to currently licensed trainers and their spouses. Eligible trainers must be currently stabled at Laurel Park or Pimlico and may be subject to a minimum requirement of 10 starts in Maryland for at least one year prior to the request, with a majority of the starts in Maryland during this time. 

Eligibility is subject to a review by the MTHA’s Health & Welfare Committee.

The following eligible participants receive these benefits from the program:

$50.00 deductible per bill
90% coverage of balance
Up to a maximum benefit of $7,500 per calendar year

Spouse of Trainer
$50.00 deductible per bill
50% coverage of balance
Up to a maximum benefit of $5,000 per calendar year

If you are in need of assistance, please contact the MTHA Office at 410-902-6842.  You will be asked for a copy of your medical bills. No assistance will be offered without proper documentation and will be provided directly to the health care provider and not reimbursed to the individual.


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