For immediate release:
October 24, 2022 (Lexington, KY): In honor of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA)’s 10-year anniversary, the Official Aftercare Partner of the Breeders’ Cup will premiere its short film, ‘Celebrating Ten Years’ at The Kentucky Theatre’s Horse: An Equine Film Festival.
The historic downtown Lexington theatre will host the weeklong film festival from October 31 to November 4, 2022. The TAA’s ten-minute film, ‘Celebrating Ten Years,’ is scheduled to premiere three times at The Kentucky Theatre:
7:40 PM on Tuesday, November 1 before ‘Secretariat’
7:30 PM on Thursday, November 3 before the documentary, ‘Born to Rein’
1:30 PM on Friday, November 4 before ‘Born to Rein’
“Located, as we are, in the heart of horse country, The Kentucky Theatre is honored to host the premiere of a film that celebrates an organization that has done so much to promote the welfare of retired racehorses,” said The Kentucky Theatre director, Hayward Wilkirson.
Produced by Emmy Award winner, Steve Scheidler, ‘Celebrating Ten Years’ features interviews from major proponents in Thoroughbred racing and aftercare advocacy including John Phillips, Michael Blowen, Terry Finley, Dora Delgado, Jeffrey Bloom, Dale Romans, Madeline Auerbach, Jimmy Bell, Natalie Voss, Nick Zito, and Nicole Walker.
“The TAA has made a remarkable impact on the sport in 10 short years,” said producer, Steve Scheidler. “They have not only helped address issues of animal welfare in horse racing, but also led us to a new level of stewardship. A stewardship that compels us to continue to educate, advise, fund and care for something so critical, and to remind us always that at the end of the day– it’s all about the Horse. It’s been an honor to be a small part of sharing their story.”
‘Celebrating 10 Years’ is a short film that highlights the North American Thoroughbred industry’s initiative in the care of Thoroughbred racehorses after the conclusion of their careers on the racetrack. An international project that has provided a safety net for thousands of retired racehorses, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance celebrates 10 years of service in 2022.
“The industry has taken major steps forward in terms of their understanding of aftercare in the last ten years, but now the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance must tackle the misconception that the problem of aftercare has been solved when, in fact, there is so much more work to be done,” said TAA operations consultant, Stacie Clark Rogers. “‘Celebrating Ten Years,’ pays homage to the last decade of TAA and we hope it ignites viewers to support not only the TAA’s mission but Thoroughbred aftercare as a whole.”
Movie tickets are $6.50 per person and can be purchased in-person or online at Kentuckytheatre.org.
About the Kentucky Theatre
The Kentucky Theatre is a unique Lexington treasure. A century old, The Kentucky has a vibrant historic past and deep roots in the community. A nonprofit cultural institution, The Kentucky is dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, world, repertory, and classic cinema in a stunning architectural setting.
About the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance
Based in Lexington, KY, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that accredits, inspects, and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retrain, rehome, and retire Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding. Along with continued funding from its original partners Breeders’ Cup, The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association, the TAA is supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, aftercare professionals, and other industry members. Since inception in 2012, the TAA has granted more than $24.5 million to accredited aftercare organizations. Currently 82 aftercare organizations and approximately 180 facilities across North America have been granted accreditation. To learn more about the TAA, visit ThoroughbredAftercare.org.