New Thoroughbred Aftercare Donation Opportunity at Sales

The plan allows buyers and consignors to contribute a small portion of their purchases or sales to the TAA.

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The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) has enacted a plan for both buyers and consignors at Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, the Ocala Breeders’ Sale Co., and Barretts Equine Limited to automatically contribute a small portion of their respective purchases or gross sales to the organization.

The TAA, a recently formed entity designed to serve as both the accrediting body for Thoroughbred aftercare facilities and a fundraising body to support these approved facilities, raised a combined $86,200 from this year’s Keeneland January mixed sale, OBS March 2-year-old sale, and Keeneland April 2-year-old sale. The organization is now looking for similar positive results during the upcoming yearling sales, the first of which is the Fasig-Tipton July auction July 15.

Buyers and consignors at previous sales this year donated .05% of their respective purchases or gross sales, while the sales companies contributed an additional .05% per transaction.

"Where we need the most help is getting momentum on the buyer side of the sales because it’s the hardest group to educate about what we’re doing," said Mike Ziegler, TAA executive director. For those that do wish to participate in the donation program, .05% will be automatically added to purchases or gross sales

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Esther Marr is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine.

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