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Laurelville, OH - The 2021 application for accreditation by the harness racing Standardbred Transition Alliance is now available and can be found at www.standardbredtransition.org/accreditation. The deadline to submit the annual application and all supporting materials is Oct. 15, 2020. Previously accredited groups must re-apply each year. STA accreditation provides aftercare organizations with independent verification that their program is operating in the following ways: Their program is fully functional and well established. They are demonstrating stability, financial and operational transparency, responsible use of resources, and are adhering to sound and ethical business practices. They provide qualified and experienced horsemen, trainers, veterinarians and farriers to make sure each individual horse's needs are being met while in their care. They have well-developed screening policies and are ensuring proper placement of each horse in suitable homes with adopters that have the skill-set and resources to provide for a bright future. They are providing each horse with a lifelong safety net, should they need assistance in transitioning again, and at any time. Their adoption policies clearly define all terms, restrictions, reporting, return and re-homing options. They professionally and positively represent their organization, Standardbred aftercare and the entire racing industry. They recognize the importance of upholding the image and integrity of both aftercare and racing and are working collaboratively in efforts to educate horsemen, the public, media, regulators, legislators and others on the importance of our work. Organizations that secure STA accreditation are eligible for STA grant awards. The STA is an industry-led charitable 501(c)(3) organization established in 2018 to advance the field of Standardbred aftercare. The STA mission is to inspect, accredit and award grants to approved organizations that acquire, rehabilitate, train and re-home Standardbred horses. This work is made possible through the generous financial contributions of the collective harness racing community and its participants. To learn how YOU can make a difference in the future of Standardbred aftercare, visit Standardbredtransition.org. From the Standardbred Transition Alliance  

Laurelville, OH — The Standardbred Transition Alliance announced the completion of its inaugural accreditation and grant process on Tuesday (May 5). The three aftercares accredited by the STA are: New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program with locations in Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania; Racer Placers in Jefferson, Wisc.; and Sunshine Horses in Clay, N.Y. With this major milestone, we usher in a new era of Standardbred aftercare in leading an industry-wide effort to build sustainable infrastructure and funding mechanisms to support Standardbreds as they transition into second careers and homes outside of racing. The STA recognizes organization accreditation as the first step towards the aftercare sustainability they hope to achieve. By closely examining each applicant’s organizational management, business practices, and adoption policies/procedures, the STA is giving donors the confidence to make more impactful charitable contributions to STA-accredited aftercare groups. “I could not be prouder of the collective efforts of the harness racing community in recognizing the need for a structured and nationally-supported approach to an aftercare program for our sport, establishing the STA as the umbrella organization, and making aftercare of the Standardbred racehorse a dedicated priority,” said prominent equine surgeon and racehorse welfare advocate Dr. Patty Hogan, one of three veterinarians on the STA Accreditation Committee. “I’d like to express my gratitude to the board members that worked diligently to get this project off the ground,” said STA President David Reid, who operates Preferred Equine, the largest Standardbred sales agency in the industry. “This wouldn’t have been possible without the early support of U.S. Trotting Association leadership and that of other horsemen’s groups, like the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association.” “We applaud the good work of our aftercare organizations. A critically evaluated area for all applicants was that of the horse care and training being provided. Successful programs are not only providing excellent care for the horses in their charge, they are also doing a wonderful job at promoting Standardbreds in new markets and are really focused on increasing their number of adoptions. They show a collaborative spirit and a desire to work with other organizations to accomplish their mission,” added STA Administrator Jennifer Daniels. Accredited organizations have received an initial grant award and will be eligible for additional monies as they are made available throughout the year. The next application window will open on July 1. Click here for the list of 2020 STA Accredited Organizations. Today, May 5, 2020 is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global effort encouraging the public to support charities and causes in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are in a position to give, please remember the good work being done by the charities shaping Standardbred Aftercare. The COVID-19 Stimulus Bill included a Charitable Giving Incentive: Creates a new above-the-line deduction (universal or non-itemizer deduction that applies to all taxpayers) for total charitable contributions of up to $300. The incentive applies to cash contributions made in 2020 and can be claimed on tax forms next year. Section 2204. The law also lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for those who itemize, raising it from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent. For corporations, the law raises the annual limit from 10 percent to 25 percent. from the Standardbred Transition Alliance

The Hanover Shoe Farms Foundation has made a grant of $50,000 to the Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) to support their mission of accrediting and granting to programs assisting Standardbreds as they transition to new careers. "This gift is meant to incentivize the STA's establishment of advanced standards for transformative grant making," said Russell Williams, president of the Foundation and president and chief executive officer of Hanover Shoe Farms. "Transformation will be necessary to give our industry an effective network of post-career facilities using best practices." "Hanover Shoe Farms has been a leader in the Standardbred industry since 1926," said David Reid, president of the STA. "It is no surprise that the Hanover Shoe Farms Foundation recognizes the importance of caring for the cornerstone of our business -- the horses. "We greatly appreciate Hanover's faith in STA and the support of the flagship program for Standardbred aftercare with this donation. It is vitally important that our donors have confidence in the business practices of the organizations we accredit, and that funds raised are making a difference in future options for our racehorses." The STA, which was granted approval in April of this year by the Internal Revenue Service as a charitable nonprofit organization, is currently reviewing and inspecting six applicant agencies. The process will be complete in early 2020 and accredited groups will be eligible for grants from the STA. Groups seeking accreditation have supplied detailed documentation of their financial, operational, and horse care policies and practices. Inspections will be conducted at each farm housing horses in the care of an applicant agency. To learn more about the work of the STA and donors who have supported its mission to date, click here. From the Standardbred Transition Alliance  

The Board of the Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) is pleased to announce that Jennifer Daniels has been named its Administrator. Daniels, a seasoned Standardbred aftercare professional, comes to the position with considerable experience operating a Standardbred transitional training program at her own Laurel Haven Farms, in Ohio. She previously worked in the regulatory department of the United States Trotting Association. A graduate of Ohio State University, Daniels holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture/Animal Science. "We are delighted to have the benefit of Jennifer's significant expertise in both transitioning our horses to new careers and as a professional within our industry. She will be working closely with our board in accrediting the first group of programs serving our horses, with our inaugural grants going out early in 2020," said STA President David Reid. Formed in the fall of 2018 and granted 501(c)(3) status in April 2019, the primary mission of the STA is to inspect, accredit and award grants to approved organizations that acquire, rehabilitate, train and rehome Standardbred horses, using industry-wide funding. As Administrator, Daniels will be responsible for representing the STA in a leadership role, focusing on facilitating the accreditation process, establishing industry partnerships, project planning and exploring further program developments to enhance greater breed marketability and increased visibility. "I am excited to join the STA and help carry out its important mission," said Daniels. "I look forward to working with the Board of Directors and the various stakeholders in Standardbred racing to showcase the transitioning of horses we care so deeply about." Daniels will be attending the upcoming Harrisburg Yearling and Mixed Sale. To learn more about the STA mission, visit www.standardbredtransition.org. From The Board of the Standardbred Transition Alliance

The Standardbred Transition Alliance is seeking an administrator for the 501(c)3 charitable organization. Interested applicants are reminded to respond by Wednesday (July 31) for consideration. An administrator will be responsible for working closely with the Board of Directors to manage all functions of the organization, including fundraising, accreditation and granting, and communication. Please see a full job description here. Applicants should send a cover letter detailing compensation requirements and resume to jobs@standardbredtransition.org. Questions may also be sent to this email address. The STA has a mission to award grants to approved organizations that acquire, rehabilitate, train and re-home Standardbred horses. It was established in 2018 and is modeled after a similar Thoroughbred organization. Applicants may be subjected to a background check. The STA is an equal opportunity employer. From the Standardbred Transition Alliance

Anderson, Ind. July 22, 2019 – On Saturday, July 20, Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino hosted its very first Empire of Hope event, a fundraising and awareness campaign in support of the aftercare of retired harness racing horses. With more than $32,000 raised, Harrah’s Hoosier Park exceeded its property goal and the funds will directly benefit the Standardbred Transition Alliance. Developed with support from accredited racehorse aftercare programs, Empire of Hope was created to directly assist efforts to relocate, rehabilitate and repurpose retired horses. Through a variety of promotions, donations, and activities, Harrah’s Hoosier Park worked to raise awareness and funding to assist in the mission. Racing fans in attendance had the opportunity to make contributions and learn more about aftercare efforts through the Standardbred Transition Alliance.  “While the amount raised was far above anything I could ever imagined, the fact that we were able to draw attention to an initiative that is so important to all of us in horse racing is equally as important as the financial results,” said Rick Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. “With truly no expectation in mind, the fact that over $32,000 was raised is a tribute to the efforts of many including our horsemen, our team members, guests and corporate sponsors.” Bryce Nickels won the 2019 Empire of Hope Red Carpet Racehorse Fashion Show. Harrah’s Hoosier Park will formally present the donation to the Standardbred Transition Alliance on Friday, August 9 as a part of the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes festival weekend.  The Standardbred Transition Alliance was founded to a accredit programs serving Standardbreds seeking placement outside traditional commercial uses and serve as a conduit for partial funding to those groups. Harness Racing's richest horse, Foiled Again, greeted fans at Harrah's Hoosier Park for the Empire of Hope event. “The Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) is so pleased that Caesars has embraced this initiative of recognizing and bringing awareness to horses that are now moving into different careers after racing,” said David Reid, president of STA. “We are hopeful this will ignite more racing and casino companies like Caesars to see this example and follow suit in our joint effort as an industry to assist our equine athletes as they proceed into new careers after racing.” In addition to the funds raised at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, Empire of Hope was hosted at the other Caesars Entertainment racing properties including Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs and Harrah’s Philadelphia. Emily Gaskin

Cranbury, NJ — The Standardbred Transition Alliance has launched its website and with it, the accreditation process for programs serving Standardbreds outside traditional use. The non-profit 501(c)(3) Standardbred Transition Alliance accredits, inspects and awards grants to approved organizations that acquire, rehabilitate, train and re-home Standardbreds, using industry-wide funding. The site, at www.standardbredtransition.org, contains information about the goals of the STA, the board of directors and a link to the application for accreditation. The accreditation process examines program operation in the areas of management, finances and horse care. Programs that pass the initial phase will be inspected prior to a determination of accreditation. Accredited programs will be given a grant toward program operating expenses. Application for accreditation will close in October, inspections will follow; programs receiving accreditation will be announced early in 2020, with grants awarded at that time. Preliminary requirements for applicant programs include holding current IRS 501(c)(3) status, caring for at least five Standardbreds a year and at least two years of operation. Details on additional minimum requirements for programs seeking accreditation can be found through the accreditation tab on the website. “The board of the STA is excited to take this important step toward a system of accrediting Standardbred transition programs,” said Dave Reid, STA president. “Accreditation will help ensure donor confidence in programs serving our horses and, over time, will create a steady source of partial operating funds for programs meeting STA standards. Through the process, programs exercising strong and transparent management and horse care practices will grow in their sustainability.” The work of the STA mirrors that of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which last year accredited 73 programs and awarded $3 million in grants.   from the Standardbred Transition Alliance

The Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) has launched its website and with it, the accreditation process for programs serving Standardbreds outside traditional use. The non-profit 501(c)(3) Standardbred Transition Alliance accredits, inspects and awards grants to approved organizations that acquire, rehabilitate, train and re-home Standardbreds, using industry-wide funding. The site, at www.standardbredtransition.org, contains information about the goals of the STA, the board of directors and a link to the application for accreditation. The accreditation process examines program operation in the areas of management, finances and horse care. Programs that pass the initial phase will be inspected prior to a determination of accreditation. Accredited programs will be given a grant toward program operating expenses. Application for accreditation will close in October, inspections will follow; programs receiving accreditation will be announced early in 2020, with grants awarded at that time. Preliminary requirements for applicant programs include holding current IRS 501(c)(3) status, caring for at least five Standardbreds a year and at least two years of operation. Details on additional minimum requirements for programs seeking accreditation can be found through the accreditation tab on the website. "The board of the STA is excited to take this important step toward a system of accrediting Standardbred transition programs," said Dave Reid, STA president. "Accreditation will help ensure donor confidence in programs serving our horses and, over time, will create a steady source of partial operating funds for programs meeting STA standards. Through the process, programs exercising strong and transparent management and horse care practices will grow in their sustainability." The work of the STA mirrors that of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which last year accredited 73 programs and awarded $3 million in grants. From the Standardbred Transition Alliance

The Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) is seeking an administrator for the 501(c)3 charitable organization. The STA has a mission to award grants to approved organizations that acquire, rehabilitate, train and re-home Standardbred horses. It was established in 2018 and is modeled after a similar Thoroughbred organization. An administrator will be responsible for working closely with the Board of Directors to manage all functions of the organization, including fundraising, accreditation and granting, and communication. Please see a full job description here. Applicants are asked to reply by July 31 with a cover letter detailing compensation requirements and resume to jobs@standardbredtransition.org. Questions may also be sent to this email address. Applicants may be subjected to a background check. The STA is an equal opportunity employer.   from the Standardbred Transition Alliance

The New England Amateur Drivers Club (NEAHDC), based at Plainridge Racecourse, is donating $2,000 to the Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) to help in accreditation and granting to harness racing programs caring for off the track Standardbreds. The club, which has several dozen members, competes in one to two races each week at Plainridge; drivers donate their 5% commissions to charity to maintain their amateur status. It's been in existence for nearly 20 years and has donated tens of thousands of dollars, generated from Commissions, to local and national charities. "The horses and the joy we get in training and competing with them is the reason this club exists," says NEAHDC President Bill Abdelnour. "We are happy to be able to support this effort to give our equine athletes help to transition to a new career. I hope our fellow amateurs will follow our lead. The horses do so much for us, it's time we give back to them." Ken Weingartner

The Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) has been approved as a charitable entity by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), ensuring all donations to the group are deductible from federal taxes. The STA is also registered as a charitable entity with the Secretary of State and Attorney General in Ohio, where it was incorporated. "We are very pleased to have the designation process complete and look forward to the important work of accrediting and granting to groups that assist Standardbreds in transitioning to careers apart from their traditional use," said STA President David Reid. "In the coming weeks, we will be introducing a website and more details about our work in the coming year."   on behalf of the Standardbred Transition Alliance      

The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) has approved a donation of $150,000 to the newly-formed Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA). The donation is the first by a horsemen's association. The STA, formed in 2018, will accredit and grant supplemental operating funds to groups that provide transition services for Standardbreds who are retiring from the sport and transitioning to a new role. The group expects to accredit and grant to 501(c)(3) organizations serving Standardbreds by the end of this year. "Ohio has become a national leader in breeding and racing Standardbreds," said Kevin Greenfield, outgoing president of the OHHA and a founding board member of the STA. "The OHHA board recognizes that, as an industry leader, it needs to be at the forefront of spearheading support for a uniform effort with respect to equine aftercare." "The entire STA board extends our thanks and appreciation to the OHHA for its financial commitment and confidence in our work," said STA President David Reid. "Ohio is an important part of our industry and we are grateful they have taken this leadership position. We are working to develop a broad-based platform of support for STA. Our accreditation process will ensure that groups exercise sound business practices and equine care to the benefit of our horses and horsemen." From the Standardbred Transition Alliance  

Goshen, NY - David Reid, who heads up Preferred Equine Sales Agency, was elected president of the Standardbred Transition Alliance at the first meeting of that group, held Tuesday (Nov. 27) at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. Reid, though his work with Preferred, has sold tens of thousands of Standardbreds at public and private auction, both as a consignment agency and sales manager of Tattersalls and Lexington Selected Yearling Sales Company in Lexington, Ky. and at The Meadowlands. He also breeds and races Standardbreds. "This is a long overdue initiative that will take cooperation of the entire industry and I'm optimistic that, over time, it will make a big difference for our horses and the groups that serve them. It will also give donors confidence that they're supporting groups with solid operational practices," said Reid. "I am honored by the confidence of my fellow board members and look forward to working with all of them." Committees were formed to advance fundraising for and accreditation of groups helping horses in transition from traditional uses. The STA will provide grants to cover partial funding of 501(c)(3) groups serving Standardbreds and ensure they utilize best practices for equine care and financial management through an accreditation process. The STA will adapt the established model used to accredit and partially fund 70 groups serving Thoroughbreds, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. The STA is a self-standing organization that has applied for 501(C)(3) status and is a registered charity with the Ohio Secretary of State and Attorney General. Moira Fanning, chief operations officer at The Hambletonian Society, was elected vice president, Mitchel Skolnick of Bluestone Farm will serve as treasurer and Elizabeth Caldwell of Cane Run Farm will be secretary. The board members are Rick Moore of Hoosier Park, Kelly Young of the New York Sire Stakes, Kevin Greenfield of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and Hickory Lane Farm, Michelle Crawford of Crawford Farm, Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky of Hanover Shoe Farm, Bill Abdelnour of the New England Amateur Harness Drivers Club, Dr. Donna Franchetti, Standardbred owner and veterinarian, and Dr. Patty Hogan of Hogan Equine Clinic. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

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