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Proposed Standardbred Transition Alliance Would Help Retired Harness Racers

2018 USTA Board of Directors Meeting Credits: USTrotting

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Mike Tanner, USTA Executive Vice President and CEO, unveiled a proposal for a Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) at the general session of the USTA Board of Directors annual meeting on March 11.

In his address to the board, Tanner proposed the creation of the STA, which would be an industry-wide group that would, according to its mission, “accredit, inspect, and award grants to approved organizations that acquire, rehabilitate, train and re-home Standardbreds, using industry funding.”

“In October, [USTA Director of Registry and Member Services] TC Lane and I attended a meeting of key industry stakeholders at the Red Mile to discuss Standardbred aftercare,” Tanner said. “The meeting was borne out of frustration concerning the plight of a Standardbred named Killean Cut Kid, who was found in poor condition in a sales pen in Louisiana.

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"The case had drawn particular attention through social media, and because of many, both within and outside harness racing, who believed that not only had Killen Cut Kid’s owners let him down, but that the industry had, as well.”

The STA would be an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) that would be governed by an independent board of directors composed of key industry stakeholders, and including at least one USTA director and a designated USTA representative.

“It would solicit and raise money from across the industry, which would then be distributed to accredited Standardbred rescues that have undergone a thorough application and inspection process,” said Tanner.

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