Galloping Out, the horse re-homing program launched by the ITHA to find new homes for horses retired from Arlington and Hawthorne, has been reaccredited by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.
The TAA, an arm of the Jockey Club, first accredited Galloping Out as an aftercare organization, in full compliance with the TAA's code of standards, in 2016 - and has since reaccredited Galloping Out every two years. This recognition enhances Galloping Out's profile within the national thoroughbred community and also helps position the program to potentially receive grant funding from the TAA.
Galloping Out works together with six farms and all were inspected by a representative of the TAA. The reaccreditation process is rigorous and takes about six months to complete.
Illinois horsemen are committed to re-homing horses when they retire from racing. The ITHA created Galloping Out so that thoroughbred horses have a chance to enjoy productive and rewarding lives after they retire from racing. The program provides for the care, rehabilitation and retraining of retired thoroughbred racehorses. Since beginning in 2010, Galloping Out has successfully found new homes for more than 260 retired race horses.
Galloping Out horses become family horses or spend their days trail riding or jumping. They do dressage, play polo, and work with children with developmental disabilities. One has appeared in a military parade and another starred in a TV commercial.
In addition to its core responsibility of re-homing retired horses, Galloping Out also has expanded its efforts in the horse community's show circuit. The program has sponsored all-thoroughbred classes and has rewarded top-placing thoroughbreds by awarding ribbons and prize money at shows. Galloping Out is funded by horsemen's contributions and through donations from generous supporters.
We commend Chris Block, who also serves as an ITHA Trainer-Director, Galloping Out coordinator Jan Ely, the program's Board of Directors, and the participating farms for their exceptional commitment to Galloping Out's success.