The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) announced today that Thoroughbred aftercare organizations may now apply for TAA accreditation. Passing the TAA’s on-site accreditation inspection will make a facility eligible to receive financial support for the ongoing care of retired Thoroughbreds.

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, with at least 50% 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