- Published: Tuesday, 22 November 2016 00:39
The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association is moving closer to the launch of a greatly expanded aftercare program that includes additional funding and the tracking of retired racehorses.
The MTHA Oct. 4 authorized a commitment of $25,000 a year over five years to the newly created “Beyond The Wire” Thoroughbred aftercare program. The Maryland Horse Breeders Association and Maryland Jockey Club have agreed to similar contributions to participate in the program, while the Maryland jockey colony collectively has agreed to participate through per-mount contributions.
“It’s so great to have the entire industry support this important cause,” commented MTHA Executive Director David Richardson. “We’re all in this together and we all have an interest in providing long term homes for our retired race horses.”
Under the current Thoroughbred aftercare program in Maryland facilitated by the MTHA Board, there is a voluntary $11 per start donation that most horsemen participate in.
In total, about $210,000 could be available in 2017 for the aftercare program, whose board of directors will include representatives of the MTHA Aftercare Committee, MJC, MHBA, the jockey colony, and the Maryland Racing Commission.
As noted during the Oct. 4 MTHA board meeting, Beyond The Wire will distribute funds to donated horses, not just to facilities that care for them. All foal papers must be stamped “not for racing,” and The Jockey Club must be notified.
Completion of a “horse intake form” and a veterinary evaluation are mandatory when a horse enters the program. Beyond The Wire, which counts the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance as a partner, is only for horses that race in Maryland.
The MTHA is seeking 501(c)3 status, which will allow Beyond The Wire to accept tax-deductible contributions from third parties.