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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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