1 of 64 Organizations in the US and Canada, Friends of Ferdinand Earns TAA Re-Accreditation
On November 21, 2016 the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) announced that 27 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations have been awarded accreditation in 2016. The accredited groups include 19 that were re-accredited and eight that have received accreditation for the first time. Friends of Ferdinand is one of the groups that earned re-accredited. The TAA, the only accrediting organization in Thoroughbred aftercare, now boasts a network of 64 accredited organizations, operating at more than 180 facilities across the United States and Canada.
Accreditation is awarded for a two-year period, after which organizations must re-apply for accreditation. All organizations currently accredited by the TAA are eligible to receive financial grants to support the care of their Thoroughbreds. Grant applications are currently being reviewed, for grants to be awarded by the end of the calendar year.
“The organizations accredited by the TAA represent the top echelon of aftercare services, ensuring that the horses retiring from racing are receiving the best possible care and opportunities to find new careers or retirements,” said Jimmy Bell, TAA and Godolphin America president.
All accredited organizations undergo a thorough application and inspection process prior to accreditation being awarded to ensure they meet the TAA’s Code of Standards covering five areas: operations, education, horse health care management, facility standards and services, and adoption policies and protocols. Site inspections are conducted at all facilities housing horses for each organization. On-going updates and re-inspections are required of all organizations throughout the term of their accreditation.