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TCA provides grants to approved nonprofit organizations that work to support Thoroughbreds and the people who care for them.


California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation Provides Much Needed Services at Racetracks

California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation (CTHF), a Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) grantee, was started in 1979 by Joe McAnally because of his concern about the high cost of dentistry for backstretch workers. At the time Joe McAnally was with the California Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, and within five years the startup became its own […]

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Equine Rescue of Aiken Focuses on People Helping Horses and Horses Helping People

“I love Thoroughbreds – they’re versatile and can go in any discipline,” says Jim Rhodes, Founder and Director of Equine Rescue of Aiken. Since its beginning in 2006, Equine Rescue of Aiken has adopted out close to 1,000 horses, with almost 700 of those horses being Thoroughbreds. “I actually own racehorses, so I’m in the […]

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TAKE2 Works to Bring Thoroughbreds Back to the Show Ring

Launched in 2012, the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program sponsors Thoroughbred-only classes at horse shows across the country. The program was the brain child of Thoroughbred trainer and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) President Rick Violette, who worked with former New York Racing Association Director of Racing P.J. Campo to get it started. The […]

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Humanity for Horses Offers Sanctuary in Northern California

Founded in 2012 by Denali Jordan, Humanity for Horses (HFH) is a California-based equine sanctuary. With approximately 105 Thoroughbreds in their care today, the organization will ultimately be able to take in up to 400 Thoroughbreds. HFH obtains horses directly from owners and trainers who can no longer care for them, with occasional direct requests […]

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Galloping Out: A Team Effort

Galloping Out, an Illinois-based retraining and rehoming organization, created by the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association began when, according to Jan Ely, program coordinator, “the last remaining horse slaughter house was shut down in 2007.” Over the next three years, operational details were ironed out and in 2010 Galloping Out officially opened its doors to former […]

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Race Track Chaplaincy of America: Serving Race Track Workers for Decades

The Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) is an organization that ministers to the spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and educational needs of racetrack workers. Founded in 1972 by Salty Roberts, the RTCA has had an impact at racetracks across the United States and beyond. Together, the Chaplains, Councils, and hundreds of volunteers of the RTCA […]

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ReRun, Inc.: Retraining for Success

Founded in 1996 as an extension of the Kentucky Humane Society, ReRun, Inc., is a Thoroughbred rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming organization now located in New York. Executive Director Lisa Molloy has been with the organization since 2012 and has seen significant growth over the last couple of years. “Adoption applications are up more than 50% […]

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The Elite Program: Educating Caretakers Across the Country

The Elite Program: Educating Caretakers Across the Country The Elite Program, commonly known as Groom Elite, was founded by Susan O’Hara in 2001. O’Hara owned Thoroughbred racehorses and believed that her horses would perform better and have a better chance of retiring sound if their daily caretakers were provided with horsemanship training. Groom Elite trains […]

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Central KY Riding for Hope: Advocates for Ability

In 1981, Dr. Peter Bosomworth, Debbie Marcum, Rusty Cheuvront, Becky Howard, Jim Howard, and Mary Quattrocchi launched a dream. They believed so strongly in the benefits of horseback riding for individuals with disabilities that they founded Central Kentucky Riding for the Handicapped. The non-profit was renamed Central Kentucky Riding for Hope (CKRH) in 2004. CKRH […]

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United Pegasus Foundation: A Home for Retired Racers

The United Pegasus Foundation (UPF) was created by Helen Meredith in 1994 as a home for retired racehorses in California. UPF, originally based in Meredith’s half-acre backyard, now has two major facilities, both over twenty acres. Between the two facilities, UPF is home to 76 horses, most of which are Thoroughbreds. UPF is unique in […]

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