About Hagyard’s Race to Give

The Race to Give was created by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute to bring awareness to and raise money for Thoroughbred aftercare programs and initiatives. Our mission is to ensure the wellbeing of Thoroughbreds after they retire from their racing careers.  In addition, we aim to showcase the people in our industry that support and work passionately in aftercare. Join us in our race to reach our goal of $150,000 for the cause.

What is aftercare?

Aftercare refers to everything that happens after a horse leaves their career on the racetrack. This includes care, retraining, and rehoming. Many racehorses go on to have very successful careers as broodmares and stallions. Thoroughbreds are also well sought after in several other disciplines including eventing, hunter/jumpers, dressage, western, polo and more!

Why is Thoroughbred aftercare important?

On average, Thoroughbreds retire from racing by age six. Horses can live well into their late 20’s so when a Thoroughbred retires from the track, it is important that they find a suitable second career for their post-racing life. Our goal is to raise awareness and support for aftercare, so that these top athletes can remain that way, but now in a different career. The Thoroughbred is a versatile breed that displays amazing heart in all they do.

How can you team up and get involved?

Whether you want to donate individually or register a team, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

To donate as an individual, click any of our “donate” buttons or select a specific gift type from the bottom of our homepage. You can also register to personalize your page, track your goal, and share the cause with friends on social media!

You can also register or join a team by clicking on our “Join or Start a Team” tab at the top of the homepage.  Customize your team’s page and encourage your friends to help you compete against other farms, consignors, trainers, jockeys and Thoroughbred enthusiasts!

Like our beloved Thoroughbreds, we have a competitive spirit too. That’s why we encourage participants to race to the top of the leaderboard! Earn a top spot as a Fundraising Leader, Social Media Leader, or Recruiting Leader as an individual or a team! 

How Your Support Makes a Difference

Your donation goes directly to Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), a nonprofit grant-making organization that awards annual grants to approved applicants. TCA supports Thoroughbred aftercare organizations that provide rehabilitation, repurposing, rehoming, and retirement programs as well as research and employee programs that help those who care for these equine athletes.

Donations made to the Race to Give are tax deductible.