Written by: Jennifer Morrison

A new mare breeding fee will support retired racehorses.

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In a continuing effort to bolster support for the aftercare of retired Thoroughbred racehorses the Jockey Club has implemented a Report of Mares Bred fee beginning with the 2018 breeding season. The $35 (USD) fee is charged for each mare reported bred by a stallion on the annual Report of Mares Bred form. Stallion owners have the option of absorbing the cost or charging mares as part of the breeding fee.

Of the $35, the Jockey Club has opted to give Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) $25, with the remaining $10 earmarked for Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) and Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.).

The TAA, founded in 2012, accredits and provides grants to aftercare groups throughout North America. There are currently 64 accredited aftercare organizations in 25 US States, two provinces and at 185 facilities involving some 6,200 Thoroughbreds. The money they receive is distributed among their accredited organizations based on budget and performance.

Thoroughbred Charities of America is a fundraiser not only for racehorse rehabilitation but also backstretch workers, equine research and other initiatives in horse racing.

The Thoroughbred Incentive Program offers programs, including competitions for horses to further their careers off the track.

“The Jockey Club has examined its rate structure, and a fee for mares reported bred is consistent with fees required by other Thoroughbred breed registries worldwide,” said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. A Jockey Club spokesperson sited similar programs in Australia, UK, and France.

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance – Lexington, KY

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts  $3,253,257
Program Services $651
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $164,880
Total Revenue $3,418,788
Expenses
Program Services $245,501
Administration $349,518
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $2,400,000
Total Expenses $2,995,019

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Money is spent:

  • 75% Annual grants
  • 10% General & Admin expenses
  • 10% Accreditation process
  • 5% reserve

Canada’s two charitable and TAA accredited Thoroughbred adoption and placement groups are New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society in Langley, B.C. and LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society in Toronto, Ontario.

CTHS-Ontario also helps the TAA by matching donations made by buyers/sellers at their auctions – the initiative raised over $7,700 in 2017.

NEW STRIDE – Langley, B.C

Adoptions in 2017: 10

2017 Revenue from Major Sources:

  • Grants: $55,000 – Includes TAA, TCA, Hastings Racecourse Community Day, and Wakefield grants PLUS industry “off-the-top” funding from horsemen, breeders, track operator & government oversight committee.
  • Donations: $25,000 – Includes year-end fundraising letter plus regular donations from supporters.
  • Sponsorship: $7,500
  • Fundraising: $15,000 – Includes annual pub night , 50/50 raffles, yearling sale silent auction, horse care clinic and awards dinner live auction.
  • Legacy gift fund: $25,000

LONGRUN THOROUGHBRED RETIREMENT SOCIETY – Toronto, ON

Charity number 87761 9528 RR0001

Horses re-homed in 2017: 32

2017 Revenue from Major Sources:

  • Racing (one half of one percent of Woodbine purses): $350,000 approximately annually
  • CTHS Awards silent auction: $2,500 approx.
  • Gala (held every other year): $30,000 after expenses