Saratoga Springs Pledges to Help Racehorse Retirement
The city of Saratoga Springs, New York, under the leadership of Mayor Joanne Yepsen, will become the first city to address responsible racehorse stewardship in an official city pledge.
Beginning in 2015, in recognition of the impact that horse racing has on the economic vitality and quality of life in Saratoga Springs, the city will join Racehorse Aftercare Charities of Saratoga, an alliance of local charities involved in racehorse aftercare and retirement.
Through this initiative, the city of Saratoga Springs pledges to increase awareness of racehorse aftercare among its residents, businesses, and tourists, and foster ways that these groups can engage with and support the local retired racehorse organizations. Among the ways the city hopes to advance this initiative will be to include racehorse aftercare as part of the tourism draw to the city, encourage local events to promote racehorse aftercare, and to encourage beneficiaries of racing in Saratoga to develop sustainable plans to assist local charities with aftercare. The City will also encourage the Saratoga Springs public school system to include racehorse aftercare as part of a humane education curriculum.
“There is no question that Saratoga’s economic vitality is strongly influenced by horse racing,” said Yepsen. “Saratoga Springs is proud to be a racing community and grateful to the Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds who enhance our quality of life. The least we can do for the horses that work so hard for us is embrace the cause of aftercare. The city is honored to lead this charge
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