May 12, 1973 - April 7, 1997
Exceller Fund News
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
BALTIMORE - The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that a community-wide fundraising effort helped raise more than $65,000 for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) during the Preakness Meet at Pimlico Race Course.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Daily Racing Form in conjunction with the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) will be publishing a new annual Magazine to increase awareness of the TAA’s mission and its ongoing efforts to support Thoroughbred Aftercare on a national level and in Canada.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Join us and celebrate the ASPCA's Help a Horse Day along with several other organizations across the country!
Thursday, February 19, 2015
TEF President, Gary Contessa, is among many TB trainers supporting the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and providing for OTTBs after their racing careers.
"Providing a Future Beyond the Finish Line"
What We Do
The Exceller Fund acquires Thoroughbred horses that might be at risk for slaughter and works to provide a future beyond the finish line once they have completed their racing careers. In addition to transitioning potential adoptable horses into second careers, sanctuary is provided for those horses in need of retirement. The Exceller Fund also works to facilitate the placement of Thoroughbreds with other equine organizations nationwide in order to save as many Thoroughbreds as possible.
Thoroughbreds are welcomed into the program regardless of their adoption potential, which may take several months to determine as the horses go through the “let down"/evaluation process. Many of these horses remain with The Exceller Fund for their lifetime. Racing Warriors, horses that have spent years on the track, have become a major focus for The Exceller Fund because they often have limited adoption opportunities due to age and athletic “wear and tear”.
Why We Do It
Without the combined efforts of The Exceller Fund, other equine organizations, and donors, many more Thoroughbreds would meet the same fate as Exceller and be sent to slaughter. Thoroughbreds are wonderful and amazing horses. Bred over the centuries for speed and endurance, they are highly intelligent and sensitive horses who bond quickly to humans. These characteristics are what make them great racehorses, but this bond is betrayed on the slaughterhouse floor.
The Exceller Fund's mission of "Providing a Future Beyond the Finish Line" goes well beyond the immediate rescue of a horse. For us, saving a life is a LIFETIME commitment. With good care, horses can live into their late twenties, or longer. The Exceller Fund continues to care for these extraordinary horses long after the initial emotional response has diminished.
How We Do It
The Exceller Fund is a charity, dependent upon donations from racing fans, people from the racing industry, and people who just love horses. The organization is built around a small membership that makes a commitment to care for these horses. Members are located all over the country and stay in touch through e-mail and electronic newsletters. The minimum monthly membership pledge is $15.00 per month; but any donation of any size at any time is always welcome and appreciated.
The Exceller Fund also applies for grants and participates in fundraising activities. Horses in the program are located at privately owned farms and The Exceller Fund pays for their care. These farms are selected based on the expertise they provide, whether it is caring for an injured horse in need of rehabilitation, a horse ready for retraining, or a geriatric horse requiring special care.
With your help, we can continue
“Providing a Future Beyond the Finish Line”.
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TEF is the proud recipient of a generous grant, which will be used to care for geriatric Thoroughbreds in our program.
Brennan Equine Welfare Fund Of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
TEF has been generously awarded a grant to assist with the care of two geriatric horses at one of our OK facilities.
New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association
TEF is extremely grateful and proud to have the support of NYTHA in order to continue providing a future beyond the finish line for these amazing equine athletes.
TCA has selected TEF as a recipient of a grant to allow some of our horses to continue their great work at the Tulsa Boys' Home where they provide psychotherapy to teen boys.
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Board of Directors
- Gary Contessa
- Cory M. Williams, DVM
- Bonnie Mizrahi
- Angela Thewes
- Barbara Poole, DVM
- Gary Contessa, President
- Nicole Smith, Executive Director
- Angela Thewes, Secretary
- Bonnie Mizrahi, Treasurer
- Steve Haskin, Senior Contributor, The Bloodhorse
- Barbara Livingston, Photographer, Eclipse Award Winner
- Hallie McEvoy, noted Author of Genuine Risk, Showing for Beginners, and Horse Show Judging for Beginners
- Lorna Coyle, DVM – Otter Creek Equine Associates, Virginia