The Thoroughbred Aftercare Summit

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Summit, first held in 2019 the day before the start of competition at the Thoroughbred Makeover, is put on by the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP), The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA). Focusing on education and networking among those with a professional interest in the retraining and rehoming of Thoroughbreds, topics of discussion include finance, business management, board governance and grant- and sponsorship-seeking best practices.
Information about the 2022 Thoroughbred Aftercare Summit will be published later in 2022.

The 2021 Thoroughbred Aftercare Summit

The 2021 Summit took place this year as a hybrid event on Tuesday, October 12: attendees had the option to experience the Summit both in person at the Thoroughbred Makeover, or virtually via Zoom. The Summit was $10 to participate, with the registration fee going towards a 50/50 raffle to benefit a randomly-selected aftercare organization in attendance: CANTER USA was the beneficiary in 2021.
Summit sessions were as follows:

Proper Financials and Reporting

Five tips for getting your financials grant-ready


  • Matt Thacker, Finance and Data Manager at TAA

Comeback Kids

Best practices for rehabbing and marketing of horses retired due to injury

  • Dr. Stuart Brown, DVM, Vice President of Equine Safety at Keeneland
  • Beverly Strauss, co-founder and executive director of MidAtlantic Horse Rescue
  • Ashley Watts, CANTER KY
  • Lori Miller, Friends of Ferdinand

How the Pandemic Has Changed the Face of Fundraising

Creative discussion on new ways to fundraise during a global pandemic

  • Jessica Hastings, Hastings Coleman Advancement

Navigating Common Challenges Aftercare Organizations Face

Tackling tough questions on topics common to aftercare organizations

  • Anna Ford, program director at New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program
  • Karen Gustin, executive director of Kentucky Equine Adoption Center
  • Danielle Montgomery, Turning For Home


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