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Voting Opens for Down Broadway Retired Racehorse of the Year Award

Thursday, July 18th, 2024
Soaring Star, bred in New York by Patricia Moseley and a graduate of New Vocations, participates in last year's inaugural event. Susie Raisher photo.

New York-bred Aftercare Day on-track demonstrations with retrained retired racehorses. Photo cred: Susie Raisher

The voting for the first-ever Down Broadway Retired Racehorse of the Year Award opens today. The presentation of the Down Broadway Award, named for the first horse to retire through the TAKE THE LEAD Program back in 2013, will highlight New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day at Saratoga Race Course on Thursday, August 15.

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA), and New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) will host the fourth annual New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day, which showcases retired racehorses demonstrating the skills they’ve learned in second careers, and interviews with members of New York’s aftercare community. The $125,000 Rick Violette Stakes, named for the late trainer and NYTHA President who spearheaded the creation of the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program and TAKE THE LEAD Retirement Program, will anchor the racing card.

Seven retired Thoroughbreds have been nominated by the organizations who participate in Aftercare Day. They include a classy stakes winner of more than $800,000; a hard-knocking veteran of 79 starts who bankrolled more than $300,000; and a gelding who was not cut out for the track and went winless in 12 tries.

The seven nominees are:

Fortunate Storm – Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation
Kid Blast – Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga
My Boy Tate – ReRun, Inc.
Nucks – Second Chance Thoroughbreds
Ring of Fire – Lucky Orphans
Traffic Chief – ACTT Naturally
Zuzudini – New Vocations

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DOWN BROADWAY NOMINEES.

“We have a very deserving group of nominees for the first Down Broadway Award,” said NYTHA and TAKE2 Executive Director Andy Belfiore. “We hope that reading their stories and learning more about the aftercare organizations who guided them to their second careers will help to raise awareness of our efforts on behalf of retired racehorses.”

The winner of the Down Broadway Award will be decided by a vote of racing fans, with the voting open July 17 through August 8. Wristbands for each nominee will be given away on Aftercare Day so that fans can show their support, and the presentation of the award will be made in the Saratoga winner’s circle after the first race that day.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE DOWN BROADWAY AWARD NOMINEE!

“Thoroughbred Aftercare Day reflects our ongoing commitment to re-training and rehoming these world-class equine athletes when their racing days are done,” said Andrew Offerman, NYRA Senior Vice President for Racing & Operations. “New York is the national leader when it comes to supporting and investing in meaningful aftercare efforts, and NYRA is pleased to host the fourth annual New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day at Saratoga Race Course on August 15.”

 


Register for NYTB Events in Saratoga this August!

Wednesday, July 17th, 2024

NYTB logoDear Members:

We look forward to celebrating the summer racing season in Saratoga and the 2024 Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Preferred Yearling Sales at the following NYTB events this August!

 

 

  • Join NYTB for our New York-Bred Yearling Pre-Sales Kickoff BBQ & Clam bake! From 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 8 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Saratoga!

Guests will enjoy a BBQ selection and clam bake with complimentary beer and wine. Entertainment will be provided by the cover band The Wallies!

Guests MUST RSVP by August 5

Tickets: FREE admission with registration at nytbreeders,org/events 

  • On Thursday, August 22 at Saratoga Race Course NYTB will host a premium VIP experience in the Paddock suite for a day at the races.

Affectionately known as “The Treehouse” the paddock suite is an expansive structure featuring a climate-controlled lounge, bar and balcony overlooking the historic Saratoga Race Course saddling area. The paddock suite offers panoramic views of the paddock.

*This event is limited to 100 participants, so RSVP as soon as possible to secure your spot!

Tickets: $100 NYTB Members
$125 non-members.

Guests MUST RSVP by August 7 or a late fee will be applied. Register at nybreeders.org/events

 


2024 Saratoga Calendar

Tuesday, July 9th, 2024

There are no shortage of special events throughout the Saratoga meet! A selection, in alphabetical order, is included below. Keep an eye on NYTB social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter/X) for changes, additions, and more. A press release including a more extensive list of NYRA’s events can be found here.

Belmont Child Care Association Racing for the Children
BCCA’s popular annual fundraiser and auction is on tap for Thursday, August 22. Further information and tickets will be available here.

Breakfast & Breeding Farm Tours
Hosted in conjunction with NYRA, Breakfast & Breeding Farm Tours are offered on most racing days throughout the meet. Fans can enjoy breakfast on-track before visiting Song Hill Thoroughbreds on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Old Tavern Farm on Fridays, and Sugar Plum Farm on most Saturdays and select Sundays. Details are available here; tickets are available here.

Fasig-Tipton Yearling Sales
The Saratoga Sale occurs August 5-6. The New York-Bred Preferred Sale takes place on August 11-23. Catalogues will be available here.

Horse Racing Women’s Summit
HRWS comes to Saratoga for a jam-packed July 23 filled with networking, speakers, and events. Tina Bond, Jane McMahon, and Kim Weir are among the speakers and Lisa Lazarus and Donna Barton Brothers will host the keynote discussion. Details and tickets are here.

Lustgarten Foundation Day
NYRA honors the late trainer Dominic Galluscio by fundraising for the Lustgarten Foundation, fighting pancreatic cancer, in his honor. A bevy of trainers will be available for an autograph session on August 17.

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
The NMRHOF hosts a number of events throughout the meet. NYTB and NYTHA are co-hosting a Saturday Morning Social on July 20. The annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for that Friday, August 2. The Racing Partnership and Syndicate event, connecting interested parties with the world of owning racehorses, is on Saturday, August 10. Their full calendar of events and more details can be found here.

New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day
NYRA, NYTHA, and NYTB join forces to host the third annual New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day on Thursday, August 15. OTTBs and the people and organizations that care for them will be in the spotlight throughout the day. Full details are available here.

New York Thoroughbred Breeders Special Events
NYTB is co-hosting the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Saturday Morning Social series on July 20. Admission will be free from 9am-12pm with NYTB on-hand to answer questions, promote the program, and more. Details are available here.

Join NYTB on Thursday, August 8, at Rood and Riddle for a BBQ to kick off the NY-bred Preferred Yearling Sale! Breeders, consignor, bloodstock agents, and friends are welcome to join us from 6-9:30pm at 63 Henning Rd for handcrafted BBQ, an open bar, and live music from The Wallies cover band. Admission is free with registration – here.

Celebrate the program and spend time together on-track at Paddock Suite on Thursday, August 22! Enjoy a day at the races and a VIP experience. Tickets are available here.

In addition, NYTB will be on-site at the races every Friday at a booth near the paddock entrance. Details are here.

NYRA Giveaways
There are four giveaways scheduled throughout the meet – July 19, August 2, August 16, and September 1. Full details, including images of the items, are here.

PDJF Day Across America
A jockey autograph session is among the activities planned for Saturday, July 27 to raise funds and awareness for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund.

Race Track Chaplaincy of New York
One of the most popular events of the season, the annual basketball game, is scheduled for Thursday, August 1. Head to the Saratoga Rec Center (15 Vanderbilt Ave) for the 15th annual charity basketball game, as jockeys face off against a collection of horsemen. Full details are here.

Len Green is the honoree at the annual brunch, which will be held on Wednesday, August 14, at Saratoga National. The event raises crucial funds for the organization. Tickets and details are available here.

ReRun’s Casino Night at Sugar Plum Farm
“Boots & Bling” from 7pm – 11pm on July 13 at Sugar Plum Farm will feature entertainment, food, drinks, casino games, and more. The beneficiary is the ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption Program, a Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accredited organization which is the largest of its kind in the area. Details and tickets are here.


NYS Gaming Commission Forming Advisory Committee to Guide Racehorse Aftercare Funding

Wednesday, June 26th, 2024

New York State Gaming Commission Chair Brian O’Dwyer today issued a call for volunteers to serve on an advisory board to assist directing contributions from New York’s Thoroughbred and Standardbred breeding funds to responsible racehorse aftercare organizations.

Thoroughbred and Standardbred owners and breeders, and animal protection organizations specializing in horse aftercare and rescue are eligible to serve on the panel.

“We are seeking responsible and dedicated horseracing industry participants and animal welfare organizations to work together to drive resources to equine aftercare organizations,” said Chairman O’Dwyer. “This advisory board of experts will help ensure that every dollar contributed for retired racehorses is spent wisely to promote the health and well-being of these magnificent animals.

New Yorkers may make contributions on personal and/or corporate state income tax returns to funding the operation of retired race horse aftercare facilities via the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund and/or the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund (for Standardbreds). In addition, any fines collected for violations of New York State law prohibiting the slaughter of race horses and race horse breeding stock (Section 382 of the Agriculture & Markets Law) are remitted to the respective funds to be spent solely for the purpose of the care of retired race horses.

The funds will then distribute the funds to organizations, with consideration as to whether the group is an accredited horse retirement and rescue program.

Those who meet the aforementioned qualifications and are interested in serving are encouraged to contact Acting Secretary to the Commission Kristen Buckley at 518-388-3400 or emailing info@gaming.ny.gov.

 


2024 NYTB Stallion Season Auction set for Feb. 6 – 8th on Wanamakers.com

Wednesday, January 24th, 2024

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) will conduct its annual Stallion Season Auction from Tuesday, February 6th to Thursday, February 8th on Wanamakers.com.

The annual auction raises funds that allow the NYTB to carry on its two-fold mission of promoting New York breeding and racing and protecting the welfare of industry stakeholders.

The auction has routinely attracted donated seasons from farms in the Empire State and Kentucky, including McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, Sequel New York, Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions, Rockridge Stud, Lane’s End, Darley America, Darby Dan Farm, and additional farms.

“We’re extremely proud of the widespread participation and diverse quality of stallions standing in New York state, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond for breeders to appropriately match their mare,” said New York Thoroughbred Breeders Executive Director Najja Thompson.

New York-bred program stakeholders receive more than $60 million distributed in purse money, breeding incentives, and awards for New York-breds eligible to compete in more than 600 New York-bred races run annually on the New York Racing Association circuit and Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.

Contact NYTB directly at 518.587.0777 or info@nytbreeders.org if you are interested in donating a season.

Participants must register with Wanamakers.com prior to bidding. All bids will be subject to the rules and conditions of the auction and each season’s conditions will be posted. Click here to register your account with Wanamakers.com in advance.

Available Seasons

*Current as of 1/30

Stallion Standing At State
Al Khali Rockridge Stud NY
Aloha West Mill Ridge Farm KY
Americanrevolution Rockridge Stud NY
Bal A Bali (BRZ) Calumet Farm KY
Basin Spendthrift Farm KY
Bee Jersey Darby Dan KY
Big Blue Kitten Calumet Farm KY
Big Brown Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
Bucchero McMahon Saratoga Thoroughbreds NY
Bravazo Calumet Farm KY
Busitn Stones Waldorf Farm NY
Catalina Cruiser Lane’s End KY
Capo Kane Bonner Hill Farms PA
Catholic Boy Claiborne KY
Central Banker McMahon Saratoga Thoroughbreds NY
Channel Cat Calumet Farm KY
City of Light Lane’s End KY
Cloud Computing Pin Oak Lane Farm PA
Connect Lane’s End KY
Copper Bullet Darby Dan KY
Core Beliefs Walmac Farm KY
Country House Darby Dan KY
Disco Partner Rockridge Stud NY
Drain the Clock Gainesway Farm KY
DR Large Oriskany Creek Farm NY
Enticed Darley America KY
Epicenter Coolmore America KY
Fire At Will Sequel New York NY
Flat Out Mighty Acres OK
Fulsome Walmac Farm KY
Game Winner Lane’s End KY
Good Samaritan Winstar Farm KY
Gift Box Lane’s End KY
Gift Box Lane’s End KY
Goldencents Spendthrift KY
Honest Mischief Sequel New York NY
Honor A.P. Lane’s End KY
Hightail Calumet Farm KY
Higher Power Darby Dan KY
Idol Taylor Made KY
Jimmy Creed Spendthrift KY
Karakonite Gainesway Farm KY
Keepmeinmind Sequel New York NY
Keen Ice Calumet Farm KY
Killybegs Captain Mill Creek Farm NY
King for a Day Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
Leofric Darby Dan KY
Lexitonian Calumet Farm KY
Lookin At Lee Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
Maximus Mischief Walmac Farm KY
Mind Control Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
Mission Impazible Sequel New York NY
Modernist Darby Dan KY
Mystic Guide Darley America KY
Outwork WinStar Farm KY
Oxbow Calumet Farm KY
Pappacap Walmac Farm KY
Producer (GB) Calumet Farm KY
Raging Bull Gainesway Farm KY
Ransom the Moon Calumet Farm KY
Redesdale McMahon Saratoga Thoroughbreds NY
Real Solution Calumet Farm KY
Sir Winston Crestwood Farm KY
Slumber Rockridge Stud NY
Solomini McMahon Saratoga Thoroughbreds NY
Spun to Run Gainesway Farm KY
Tapiture Darby Dan KY
Tapwrit Gainesway Farm KY
Tale of Ekati Darby Dan KY
Tale of Silence Darby Dan KY
Temple City Spendthrift KY
The Factor Lane’s End KY
Title Ready Darby Dan KY
Tonalist Lane’s End KY
Tourist Rockridge Stud NY
True TImber Calumet Farm KY
Union Rags Lane’s End KY
Venezuelan Hug Mill Creek Farm NY
Warrior’s Charge Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
War Dancer Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions NY
Wicked Strong Pin Oak Lane Farm PA
World of Trouble Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm KY

 


NYTB Board Elects Dr. Scott Ahlschwede, D.V.M. President

Saturday, January 20th, 2024

Dr. Scott Ahlschwede, D.V.M. Photo courtesy of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.

The Board of Directors of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. (NYTB) held its first meeting of 2024 on Friday, January 19. The newly seated board unanimously elected Dr. Scott Ahlschwede, D.V.M., to serve as Board President through 2026.

Current NYTB director Seth Gregory, owner of Innisfree Farm and Seth Gregory Bloodstock, was elected to the office of Vice President. The board also elected Lere Visagie, owner of Rockridge Stud, to serve as Secretary-Treasurer.

Dr. Ahlschwede is a shareholder veterinarian with Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and owner of River Valley Farm. He has previously served as an NYTB director since 2016 and succeeds Thomas J. Gallo, III, managing partner of Dream Maker Racing Stable, Thomas J. Gallo, III Sales Agency, and owner of Blue Stone Farm, who previously served as NYTB President since 2015.

”On behalf of our board of directors and membership, I want to thank Tom for his leadership of NYTB and am thankful he will remain a part of the board with his institutional knowledge. As President, I want to ensure we continue to increase and promote the benefits of breeding and foaling in New York as we work to sustain the Thoroughbred industry in New York and nationwide.”

“I am proud of the work our organization has accomplished under my tenure as President. I look forward to continue working with Scott and our newly elected officers to ensure NYTB remains the unified voice of Thoroughbred breeders in the state,” said Gallo.

NYTB Officers and Board of Directors for 2024:

Officers:

  • Scott Ahlschwede, D.V.M., shareholder with Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and owner of River Valley Farm – President
  • Seth Gregory, owner, Innisfree Farm and Seth Gregory Bloodstock – Vice President
  • Lere Visagie, owner, Rockridge Stud – Secretary/Treasurer

Directors:

  • James Bond
  • Rick Burke
  • Lois Engel
  • Thomas J. Gallo, III
  • Michael Lischin
  • Vivien Malloy
  • Jane McMahon
  • Mallory Mort

Directors Emeritus:

  • Chester Broman
  • Suzie O’Cain
  • Joanne Nielsen

New York Breeding Farm profile: The story of a new Edition

Tuesday, August 1st, 2023

Adam Gordon; Laura Resen photo.

By Teresa Genaro 

“I never thought I would sell the farm,” said Vivien Malloy recently. “My daughter Debby loved it, and we had a plan.”

Malloy recalled a 2006 email from her great friend Judy Richter.

“You have so much to look forward to,” read the message. “One of these days Deb will return and you two will have so much fun, you with your racehorses and Deb with her jumpers.”

An accomplished international equestrian, Debby Malloy Winkler lived in Germany, and in 2011 she died after fall from her horse.

Malloy and her late husband Henry had five children, but none inherited the love for horses that Debby had, and Malloy knew that none of them would be interested in taking over the farm. Aware, too, of all that is involved in the sale of a major piece of real estate, she decided to save her children the hassle and sell it herself.

The farm had several suitors, some of whom left Malloy feeling uneasy about its future; a valuable property in the Hudson Valley’s Dutchess County would be a lucrative prospect for development.

But one of them didn’t, despite a background in commercial real estate, and over the winter, Adam Gordon became the new owner of Edition Farm, one of New York’s storied breeding establishments.

“He wants to keep it the way it is,” said Malloy. “He’ll keep the boarding business going, my horses are going to stay here, and I have a house across the street. It’s pretty perfect.”

“Edition Farm is a continuation of my wife Kristina’s and my passion for preserving open space and connecting deeply with nature, while preserving ways of life,” said Gordon.

Gordon’s past projects include developing a “vertical village for film production” in New York City’s borough of Queens; co-founding Madison Development, which develops and operates urban infill self-storage facilities; building single-family town homes; and leasing a warehouse in the city for Amazon e-commerce and delivery.

About a decade, Gordon and his wife purchased a working cattle ranch in California’s Sonoma County on which cattle are humanely raised to produce Japanese Wagyu beef to high-end restaurants within a bicycle ride of the ranch.

Vivien Malloy; courtesy of Malloy.

“We’re raising animals in a humane way and paying attention to soil health and the environment,” he explained. “We’ll use all the same practices at Edition Farm. Forty years of Vivien’s dedication and standards brought the farm to where it is, and we’re keeping her team, including the fabulous farm manager Teri…. to focus on animal care, particularly foaling and boarding. We have no interest in dividing the property or converting it to hospitality or event spaces. We want to take what Vivien built and refine it.”

Which is not to say that he’s leaving the farm as-is. He’s added seven run-in sheds and fenced some pastures; almost all of the farm equipment has been upgraded, including a new truck that will enable foals to more comfortably enter a shipping van.

“We’re going to provide the farm staff with the tools they need to do their jobs at the highest level and empower them,” said Gordon. “Teri runs the farm, and Kristina and I check in, more as cheerleaders.

“We have a total focus on starting from the ground up, with soil health. Raising healthy animals means putting them out in the environment, letting them run around, and giving them healthy feed.

“That’s what we’re going to focus on. We’re not going to try to do too many things, because it’s easy to get distracted. We have a singular focus: boarding and foaling.”

A Michigan native, farm manager Teri Brown came to New York about 14 years ago, moving here from Santa Fe, NM. She worked first for Waldorf Farm, then for Sequel before landing at Edition Farm with her husband Buster three years ago.

“When I first heard that the farm was for sale, I was worried about what would happen to it,” she said. “The farm is absolutely beautiful, and Vivien did a great job by doing it right: the barns are beautiful, the fencing is high quality, and when you see that she made her dream come true, it’s hard to think that it’s possibly going to change.”

Her conversations with Gordon have eased those fears.

“It’s nice that he wants to preserve and carry on the legacy, that he won’t let the farm decline or get divided up. It’s a big relief, and it’s exciting that the farm will continue.”

Adam and Kristina Gordon; Laura Resen photo.

“Teri is attached by her emotional umbilical cord to these horses,” said Gordon. “I’m not going to second-guess her. Farming is not my business; real estate is, and I’m not trying to squeeze every dollar out of the farm. I’m trying to create the ultimate boarding and foaling facility on the East Coast. It’s the right size for total dedication to and focus on the animals.”

The Gordons have put together a multi-stage plan for the farm. They’ll work on some aesthetics, such as adding more stone walls to those that have been here for the last four decades, and they’re gut-renovating the main house and the guest house. They will continue to spend a good part of the year at their ranch in California, but they’re hoping to get to Saratoga this summer.

“I’ve never been to a horse race,” said Adam. “I’m excited about it. I met with some of the farm’s boarders, people who own and race horses, and their passion is really exciting. I’m thrilled to go with someone who is race-adjacent.”

Speaking of those clients…

“I want them to know that they’re not going to see a big change,” said Brown. “We’re just continuing what we’ve done at this great facility. Just because we have new owner doesn’t mean that we’re not going to continue to produce super babies out of super mares.”

And, she added, Malloy will continue to be a presence.

“She’ll be right across the street,” Brown said. “There’s a pasture right outside her window, and if I can, I put her horses there so she can look out and see them.”

 


NYRA, NYTHA and NYTB to host third annual New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day at Saratoga on Thursday, August 17

Sunday, July 30th, 2023

Initially released by The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA)

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA), and New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) will host the third annual New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day on Thursday, August 17 at Saratoga Race Course.

Free with paid track admission, the celebration will include a variety of events and demonstrations to highlight the work of the New York State aftercare community.

The featured race on Thursday’s card will be the $125,000 Rick Violette, a 1 1/16-mile turf test for New York-bred sophomores named for the late trainer and NYTHA President who spearheaded the creation of the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program and TAKE THE LEAD Retirement Program.

Violette was a founding member of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), the non-profit organization that accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retire, retrain, and rehome Thoroughbreds. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, the TAA is supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, aftercare professionals, and other industry members.

Representatives from TAA-accredited organizations will be on-site at Saratoga on August 17 to educate both racing fans and the general public about the importance of responsible aftercare efforts, including Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, ACTT Naturally, Equine Advocates, Lollipop Farm, Lucky Orphans, New Vocations, Old Friends at Cabin Creek, ReRun, Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, and Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga.

Fans can visit the Community Booth behind the jockeys’ quarters to learn more about the participating organizations.

“Thoroughbred Aftercare Day reflects our ongoing commitment to protecting and re-training equine athletes when their racing days are done,” said Dave O’Rourke, NYRA President & CEO. “New York is the national leader when it comes to supporting and investing in meaningful aftercare efforts, and we are thrilled to host the third annual New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day at Saratoga Race Course on August 17.”

New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day will begin with an on-track demonstration of retired racehorses showcasing the skills learned in their second careers. New Vocations will be the first to demonstrate the Thoroughbred’s athleticism with a jumping display prior to the day’s races, and ReRun will follow after the second race with flatwork/dressage exhibition.

The Horse Sense stall, located just outside of the Saratoga grandstand, will feature retired racehorses from Old Friends at Cabin Creek between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and from the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) afterwards between 1:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

“We are so excited to present our third annual NY Aftercare Day,” said Rick Schosberg, the New York-based retired trainer who serves as Vice President of NYTHA and President of TAKE2/TAKE THE LEAD. “It is so important to be able to provide safe and purposeful retirements and second careers for these wonderful equine athletes, and to showcase all of the fine work to the public is so gratifying and rewarding. It’s a massive combined effort of the horsemen, NYTHA, the TAA and the many accredited aftercare organizations, the NYTB, and the New York Racing Association. It’s a full team effort! Enjoy the demonstrations and learn about the great work being done here in New York to provide safe and meaningful lives for our racehorses when their racing days are over.”

NYRA, NYTHA, NYTB, and New York owners contribute more than $1.2 million per year to aftercare support. New York’s racing community contributes more financial support to Thoroughbred aftercare than any state in the country.

In 2013, NYTHA’s TAKE THE LEAD (TTL) Thoroughbred Retirement Program was launched with NYRA and NYTB’s support and has placed over 1,000 horses retiring from the NYRA tracks with TAA-accredited organizations.

In 2014, NYTHA adopted a per-start fee for owners of $5 that provided funding to the TAA. In July 2019, NYRA and NYTHA increased the per-start fee to $10. NYRA matches those contributions, and then donates the proceeds to the TAA at the conclusion of each race meet conducted at NYRA.

In 2019, NYRA and NYTHA launched an aftercare assessment program that requires owners claiming a horse subject to contribute a 1.5 percent aftercare assessment on top of the claiming price of the horse with funding allocated to the TAA and TTL. For example, an owner claiming a horse for $50,000 will contribute an additional $750 toward aftercare. This program generated over $245,000 in 2022, and over $100,000 this year through June 30.

“We’re proud to partner with NYRA and NYTHA once again to highlight and bring awareness to Thoroughbred Aftercare in New York,” said Najja Thompson, Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders. “The efforts undertaken by each of the participating Thoroughbred Aftercare accredited organizations to care, retrain and develop second careers for retired racehorses deserves to be featured. Being able to do so in front of racing fans at Saratoga speaks to the support our industry as a collective is providing to assure the long-term care of our equine athletes.”

Racing fans will be able to donate to TAKE THE LEAD by texting AFTERCARE2023 to 44321 to make a contribution, or by opting to make a donation to the TAA when cashing a winning ticket on an AmTote International self-service betting terminal. All donations are tax deductible.

There will also be a raffle on NY Thoroughbred Aftercare Day for an Exmark Radius-S Series 60” Zero Turn Mower, valued at $10,000.

“Exmark has been a longtime supporter of our industry, and with this donation they are providing a big boost to the great work that the NYTHA does for the New York equine community,” said Steve Andersen, founder of Equine Equipment. “We are proud to help facilitate this generous donation, and we are very thankful to have a partner like Exmark who gives back to the racing industry in so many ways.

“Equine Equipment is always available to help horsemen get discounts on a wide range of products and equipment, but if you are in the market for a new Exmark commercial mower, we encourage you to support this fundraiser or simply make a donation to the NYTHA,” added Andersen.

All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to TAKE THE LEAD.

 

About TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program:

Started in 2012, TAKE2 was created to provide second career opportunities for retired racehorses in the show ring and to increase the popularity of Thoroughbreds as Hunters and Jumpers. The program has grown from eight horse shows in three states and now partners with over 500 horse shows in 23 states. More than 2,500 Thoroughbreds have competed in the TAKE2 Hunter and Jumper divisions across the country.

TAKE THE LEAD works with owners and trainers to find placements for the horses retiring from the NYRA tracks with TAA-accredited aftercare organizations. TAKE THE LEAD is co-funded by members of the Thoroughbred industry around the country: New York Thoroughbred Breeders; New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund; Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Associations in Maryland (through Beyond the Wire) and Pennsylvania (through Turning for Home); Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company; and members of the racing and horse show communities across the country, For more information on TAKE2 and TAKE THE LEAD, go to www.take2tbreds.com.


SaddleUpNY! celebrates 1 year anniversary with launch of the Equine Economic Impact Study

Thursday, April 6th, 2023

By Dr. Karin Bump

The opening of the American Horse Council’s National Economic Impact Study  on April 3rd, coincides with the 1-year anniversary celebration for SaddleUpNY!  Launched early 2022, SaddleUpNY! is a business initiative to accelerate the success and growth of the NYS Equine Industry through delivery of promotion, connection and education activities and materials. An important part of the work of the organizations in its inaugural year has been collaborating with partner organizations and industry stakeholders to secure funds for a New York State breakout study, as well as a Long Island companion study, in conjunction with the  AHC National Economic Impact Study. The study survey is online and available now at the following links:

Horse Owner (or leaser) Surveyhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AHC_Owner_Survey

Horse Industry suppliers: for industry suppliers, people who operate a horse-related business but do not own horses. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AHC_Supplier_Survey

“The purpose of the study is to demonstrate the value of the equine industry in the national and state economies by analyzing the direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts of horse ownership, recreation, and equine-related services. Data collected will inform public and private investments in equine-related businesses, equine health care, education, land use decisions, tax policy, tourism, employment incentives, etc. “ (AHC press release)

“The Economic Impact Study is the most effective tool in our advocacy quiver,” says Julie Broadway, president of the AHC. “When the industry needs to take aim at an issue, this data is invaluable in helping us paint the picture of the contributions the industry makes and the breath & depth of its composition.”   As the study opens, it is essential that the New York horse community take the survey and widely encourage others to do so as well.

To encourage participation, the AHC has partnered with several sponsors to offer 15 incentive prizes, including: 1st Prize – One John Deere “green” piece of equipment ($7,500); 2nd Prize – One year of Nutrena feed for 1 horse (a $2,000 value): 40 Nutrena free-bag coupons valued at up to $50 a coupon; 3rd – 6th Prize – One year of Purina feed for 1 horse (a $500 value per horse): 20 coupons valued at $25/each (total value $500); 7th Prize – One countertop fridge (holds up to 40 cans/bottles) from Cargill, valued at $350; 8th-9th Prizes – Enrollment in Texas A&M AgriLife Equine Reproductive Management Online Course, valued at $300/enrollment; 10th– 15th Prizes – $30 gift certificates from Trafalgar Square Books (total value $180). In addition, all participants completing the survey will be eligible for 15% discount on purchases at horseandriderbooks.com (discount code is provided at the end of the survey).Prize winners will be announced in the fall 2023 when the study results are announced. See AHC website to review all the prize drawing rules. (Economic Impact Study – American Horse Council)

The New York State breakout study and the Long Island companion study were made possible through the generous support and contributions of:  New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Old Field Farm, Blue Chip Farm, John Madden Sales, Cornell University Hospital for Animals, New York Farm Bureau, New York State Horse Council, Karin Bump and Timothy Williams, Sally Lynch, Kent Nutrition, Triple Crown Nutrition, and Go-Fund-Me contributions by individuals in the New York State equine community.

New York horse owners, those leasing horses, and horse industry suppliers are encouraged to take the survey now and then share with others to secure wide industry participation.  The survey will be available from April 3, 2023, through September 29, 2023. More information and the 2023 Economic Impact Study can be found on the AHC website: https://horsecouncil.org/economic-impact-study/. For more information regarding the New York components of the study, please contact Dr. Karin Bump at dr.kbump@gmail.com


Saddle Up NY! announces success in funding NYS Equine Economic Impact study through American Horse Council

Thursday, March 2nd, 2023

By Dr. Karin Bump

Cazenovia, NY – Dr. Karin Bump of Saddle Up NY! announced today that New York will be included as a State breakout in the American Horse Council’s Equine Economic Impact Study.  With a ‘right at the finish line’ boom of industry support, commitments and contributions reached the $25,000 mark for New York to be included in the states commissioning ‘break out’ studies.

State ‘breakout studies’ are companion studies to the  National Equine Economic Impact Study done through the American Horse Council (AHC).   In addition to the state study, support from the Long Island equine community has secured a companion regional study to look more specifically at the economic impact in Long Island.  “We are so pleased that NY State horse enthusiasts were able to make this happen. The data from these studies provide invaluable insights to the economic contributions of the equine industry at national, state and local levels.” stated AHC President Julie Broadway.

Economic Impact studies provide essential data to tell the story of impact and value of the equine industry.  “Equine farms are an essential part of New York agriculture. The jobs, economic activity, and recreation they provide the state, and their local communities, are significant, and the impact study will help quantify that importance,” said Renée St. Jacques, New York Farm Bureau’s Associate Director of Public Policy.

National Economic Impact Studies of the US horse industry have been conducted by American Horse Council for close to 50 years.  The most recent study, completed in 2017, included New York as a state breakout with funding provided by New York’s thoroughbred racing industry stakeholders during a critical time in their history and planning.  When Dr. Karin Bump of Saddle Up NY! realized that a new AHC study was close to launching, and New York was missing a mechanism to fund participation, she turned to the Saddle Up NY! industry partners to determine the level of priority for this study.

“From the start, everyone agreed that economic impact data is critical and that a new study was needed. The challenge was how to fund it,” said Karin Bump, Founder of Saddle Up NY!   The decision was made to turn to a grass roots approach reaching out to key stakeholders for commitments across various sectors of the industry with a later addition of a GoFundMe campaign for broader support. Key industry contributions came from New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Old Field Farm, Ltd, Blue Chip Farm, John Madden Sales, Cornell University Hospital for Animals, New York Farm Bureau, New York State Horse Council, Karin Bump and Timothy Williams, Sally Lynch, Kent Nutrition, and Triple Crown Nutrition.

First out of the gate with support for the study was the Thoroughbred racing sector of the industry with the Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund providing the largest of the industry commitments at $6,000.  “The NYS Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund is proud to be the major contributor to this study which is important to all segments of the equine industry in New York,” said Tracy Egan, Executive Director.  “For the past 50 years, the Breeding Fund has been watching over up to 400 Thoroughbred breeding farms which have employed tens of thousands of people while supporting NY Agriculture with purchases of hay, straw, and feed. Further, the Fund has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars for Thoroughbred Aftercare facilities which in turn provide mounts for everything from trail riding to dressage in NY,” said Tracy Egan.

New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. was also quick to offer support. “For each person directly involved in the equine industry, we’ve long been aware of the positive impact horses provide in jobs and economic dollars across the state. With representatives from all sectors of New York’s equine industry partnering to fund an updated study of the 2017 American Horse Council Report, it will allow us to continue to champion New York’s vast equine industry with up-to-date stats and figures.” said Najja Thompson, Executive Director of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.

Blue Chip Farms in Wallkill, NY, dedicated to excellence in Standardbreds, Thoroughbreds and Sport Horses,  is representative of the variety of sectors of the industry coming together to support this study “As the steward of 650 acres in Ulster County and home to 400 horses, Blue Chip farms has employed over 30 people and bought hundreds of tons of hay, feed, and local services for over 50 years,” said Tom Grossman owner of Blue Chip Farm.   “To support that infrastructure, we have diversified into many different breeds of horses pursuing varied disciplines. We look forward to seeing economic data across the equine industries to highlight the mutually beneficial relationship of the equine industries to the environment and economy of New York State.”

Dr. Sally Lynch of Old Field Farm, Ltd., a nonprofit that operates an historic show grounds on Long Island, provided significant help in securing the final commitments to fully fund the study.  “The overwhelming response to successfully fund the NYS Equine Impact Study not only shows how our equine industry deeply cares, but also inspires us all to participate in this critically important study. Whether it is our livelihoods, lifestyle or passion, we must all participate in promoting and protecting our equine industry and its legacy,” said Dr. Lynch.

The study is anticipated to launch in April and run through September. This includes key time frames for capturing data from horse shows, summer camps, county and state fairs.  In addition, it’s prime time for the Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing sectors. “ Everyone involved with equine in NY will play a role in the success of this study – by completing the survey, encouraging others to complete it, and helping spread the word whenever, and wherever, there are equine events and activities across New York” said Dr. Bump.  Saddle Up NY! will be sharing AHC produced media toolkits to help to spread the word about the study and the importance of completing the survey. For more information on the study, please visit the AHC website: horsecouncil.org

Dr. Karin Bump is a passionate educator and change agent with a career trajectory that includes 28 years as a professor in equine studies and business management at Cazenovia College and four years as an Executive Director within the Cornell Cooperative Extension system. She is a member of the Extension Horses work team, an Impact Collaborative facilitator through eXtension, and a small business owner.  Karin, along with her husband Tim Williams, founded and launched the Saddle Up NY! initiative.  As a team, Karin and Tim have launched several other education and outreach initiatives including the National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics (NAEAA), the Equine Education Network (equusfoundation.org),  and The World of Horses exhibit at the NYS Fair.

Saddle Up NY! was launched in 2022 as an initiative to accelerate the success and growth of the NYS Equine Industry through delivery of promotion, connection and education activities and materials that strengthen existing initiatives and launch efforts to reach new audiences and markets. You can learn more about the initiative at: www.SaddleUpNY.com