Thoroughbred Charities of America welcomes Victoria Bennett as new development director

Victoria Bennett has been named as the development manager for Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA). Bennett grew up in Lexington and is a graduate of the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. She has spent the last several years working in the areas of philanthropy and development, most recently with the Frick Art and Historical Center in Pittsburgh, Penn. Victoria Bennett “I am excited to be...

Thoroughbred Charities, Jockey Club fund flight to provide supplies to horses in Puerto Rico

A Swift Air flight carrying nearly 20 tons of hay cubes and veterinary supplies departed from Miami at 4:30 a.m. Monday and landed in San Juan, Puerto Rico at approximately 7 a.m. The plane, funded by The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Charities of America’s Horses First Fund, is the result of a week-long effort undertaken by numerous equine groups to get aid to the more than 800 Thoroughbreds at...

Thoroughbred Charities of America providing emergency grant to aid horses in the Caribbean

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) has provided a grant for emergency relief to Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare, a Puerto Rico-based nonprofit organization. The grant will be used to provide hay to the hundreds of racing and retired Thoroughbreds living on the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix recently devastated by Hurricane Irma. The grant will originate from TCA’s...

Thoroughbred Charities of America announces charitable partnership with equine shipping app Equo

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced today that it has formed a charitable partnership with Equo, a mobile app that connects horse owners with drivers in the United States and Canada. Equo will donate $1 per horse shipped to TCA in support of its mission. “We are deeply appreciative and grateful that Equo has selected TCA to be their charitable partner,” said TCA executive director...

Charity event raises over $85,000 to benefit TCA’s Horses First Fund to support Mercer County horses

LNJ Foxwoods raised more than $85,000 for the Horses First Fund administered by Thoroughbred Charities of America at an event held recently in Saratoga Springs, NY. The Horse First Fund was established in June 2016 by LNJ Foxwoods to assist the horses abandoned in Mercer County, Kentucky and horses in need of emergency aid in the future. To date the fund has raised over $38,000 and expended more than...

Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association names officers, five new trustees

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced the re-election of Dr. J. David Richardson as chairman of its Board of Trustees. Also joining Richardson on the Board of Trustees to serve three-year terms as new members are Robert Devlin, Terry Finley, Bernard McCormack, Charlie O’Connor and Garrett O’Rourke. Re-elected to three-year terms were current trustees Barbara Banke, Mike Caruso,...

TCA named title sponsor of Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium at Kentucky Horse Park

The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) and Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) jointly announced that TCA will be the title sponsor of the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky on Oct. 5-8. The TCA Thoroughbred Makeover features 578 trainers from across North America who are working throughout the year to prepare recently...

Thoroughbred Charities of America announces appointment of five new directors

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced the appointment of Bing Bush, Robert Devlin, Claire Novak, Lonny Powell, and Anna Seitz to its Board of Directors. “We are thrilled that Bing, Bob, Claire, Lonny, and Anna have joined the TCA board. I look forward to working with each of them,” said Mike McMahon president of TCA. “We recently completed a strategic planning and board mapping exercise...

Thoroughbred Charities awards grants totaling over $460,000 to 71 industry related non-profits

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced that grants totaling $462,139 have been awarded to 71 Thoroughbred industry-related non-profits that work to uphold TCA’s mission. Additionally, nearly $24,000 was expended from the Horses First Fund within the organization’s last fiscal year to aid in the rescue of the 43 horses abandoned in Mercer County, Kentucky, bringing total support provided...

Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to hold national awards dinner in Lexington

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced that the 32nd annual TOBA National Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Calumet Farm in Lexington. The National Awards Dinner honors owners and breeders from 22 states and Canada. Also honored are the National Owner of the Year, four Regional Owners of the Year, National Breeder of the Year, Small Breeder of the Year, Broodmare...

New Vocation named as Thoroughbred Charities of America Award of Merit recipient

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program was recently selected as a Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) Award of Merit recipient. Nominated by the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association (OTBO), the award was presented by Dave Basler, executive director of the Ohio Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, at the OTBO awards dinner held at the historic Darby Dan Farm in Galloway,...

Thoroughbred Charities names Emerson, Down the Stretch Ranch Award of Merit recipients

Thoroughbred Charities of America has named equestrian Denny Emerson and Down the Stretch Ranch as its first TCA Award of Merit recipients of 2017. Award of Merit recipients are nominated by the leadership of state Thoroughbred owners and breeders associations and are presented at each state association’s annual awards ceremonies. “Originally started in celebration of our 25th anniversary...

Thoroughbred Charities named beneficiary of Thoroughbred Club’s holiday campaign

Thoroughbred Charities of America was recently named the charitable beneficiary of the Thoroughbred Club of America’s annual holiday giving campaign. More than $5,000 was raised and will be used for grant making to qualified and approved organizations that work on behalf of Thoroughbreds or the people who care for them. “We are grateful to the membership of the Thoroughbred Club of America for...

Bidding opens for 27th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America Stallion Season Auction

The 27th annual Thoroughbred Charities of America Stallion Season Auction began Monday at 9 a.m. and offers a wide variety of seasons, unique experiences, halters and other auction items. The six-day fundraiser opens with an online auction and culminates with a Celebration featuring select seasons on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. EST at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Ky. The majority...

Byrne set to host Thoroughbred Charities of America’s 27th annual auction and celebration

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) announced that Jill Byrne, director of programming and broadcasting at Churchill Downs will host the 27th Annual Stallion Season Auction & Celebration to be held Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Keeneland Entertainment Center. Byrne, the daughter of two-time Eclipse Award winning trainer Peter Howe, grew up riding show horses in Virginia before...

Thoroughbred Charities of America to honor Banke with leadership award next month

Thoroughbred Charities of America will honor Barbara Banke with the Allaire duPont Leadership Award and the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.) with the Ellen and Herb Moelis Industry Service Award at the 27th annual Stallion Season Auction & Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at the Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Ky. “We are pleased to acknowledge Barbara Banke...

Kidnap Katie, one of 40 mares seized in Mercer County, relocated to Our Mims Retirement Home

Our Mims Retirement Haven, a Thoroughbred sanctuary located in Paris, Kentucky, welcomed a new mare to its herd on Monday. One of the group of about 40 horses seized in Mercer County in June of this year, Kidnap Katie walked off the trailer to her new and forever home Monday afternoon. Jeanne Mirabito, Our Mims Retirement Haven founder and president, remarked on the situation: “I am so proud of...

Thoroughbred Charities of America plans celebration around Evening with Team California Chrome

Thoroughbred Charities of America announced Tuesday that it will host a fundraising event entitled “An Evening with Team California Chrome” on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 7-9 p.m. at Matt Denny’s Ale House in Arcadia, Calif. The evening will feature a hosted conversation with Frank Taylor, Perry Martin, Art Sherman, and Victor Espinoza about the history-making career of California Chrome. All proceeds...

Thoroughbred Charities of American named title sponsor of Thoroughbred National Symposium

The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) and Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) jointly announced Tuesday that TCA will be the title sponsor of the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky on Oct. 27-30. The TCA Thoroughbred Makeover features 478 trainers from across North America who are working throughout the year to prepare...

BCTC’s North American Racing Academy receives grant from Thoroughbred Charities

Erin Crady, TCA Executive Director, is pictured with Remi Bellocq, NARA Executive Director, Laurel Martin, BCTC Foundation Executive Director, Dixie Hayes, Program Coordinator and Instructor, and Alicia Benben, Academic Coordinator/Instructor, at NARA for the check presentation and facility tour (Photo Provided)   Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s North American Racing Academy (BCTC-NARA)...