Good morning! We still await our 501(c)3 approval, but we’re making good use of our time. We are undertaking a big project and it requires a lot of pieces. We are flying to Houston and then making the drive over to Delta Downs this weekend for a meeting scheduled on Monday. Wish us luck in hammering out an agreement for NTWO to work with Delta and Evangeline to bring needed resources to those based at their tracks.
Racing has made so many great strides in recent years to address the aftercare of its horses. The TAA has done a tremendous job with getting industry support to fund retirement and rehoming organizations across the country. Last year they gave out about $3 million in grants, and they expect it to increase this year. Combined, the TAA organizations in their network cared for 6,200 Thoroughbreds last year. That is a lot of horses, and the TAA, the TAA accredited organizations, and their industry supporters are to be commended for what they have achieved to date and what they will achieve in the future.
We also have the TCA who likewise does a tremendous job supporting retirement and rehoming along with providing funding for needed human endeavors in our sport.
The RRP deserves a huge thumbs up for what they’ve done to make the Thoroughbred a popular sport horse again. The Thoroughbred had fallen out of favor and the warmblood was all the rage. Thanks to the work of the RRP, riders are rediscovering the fantastic athleticism of the Thoroughbred and now having an OTTB is all the rage! This helps so very much in rehoming efforts for our athletes after they have finished their racing careers.
The Jockey Club has been instrumental in many of these efforts including funding of the TIP program which likewise has helped Thoroughbreds find success in other sporting fields after racing retirement.
There is much more work to do, and NTWO hopes to provide yet another piece in helping our racing retirees. We’re all on the same side — the side of the star, the horse.