The guest speaker at the TASS Banquet will be Stacie Clark Rogers, Manager of Adena Springs Thoroughbred Retirement in Ontario, Canada. Rogers will receive an Eclipse award on January 18 for “Saratoga War Horse” a 30 minute documentary about how thoroughbreds provide therapy for war veterans. In addition, Rogers is a jockey who finished second in the 2013 Lady Legends race and showed in the 2013 Totally TB Horse Show. (a TASS show) Both were held at Pimlico Race Course.
The winning divisions include: High Point Thoroughbred, Gelding/Mare, Jumper sponsored by Maryland Jockey Club, Md. Bred sponsored by MHBA, Md. Million Sired sponsored by MHBA, PA bred sponsored by PHBA, Virginia Bred sponsored by VTA, New York bred sponsored by NY TB Development Corporation, New Jersey Bred, Green Horse, War Horse (horse with 50 starts or 100k in earnings), Listing Service Horse (Canter, Finger Lakes, etc.) Adopted Horse (rescue contract required), Child Rider, Junior Rider, Masters Rider, Professional Rider, Amateur Adult Rider, The Equiery Overall Maryland Resident Owner /Rider Award and the Richard Bennett Memorial Sportsmanship Award.
TASS was founded in early 2013 as a way to provide horse show venues for Off Track Thoroughbreds. The mission of the organization is to provide race horses with second careers after their racing careers are over. The coordinators of TASS include Georganne Hale, Md. Jockey Club, Sue Smith, Canter/ Pa., Bev Strauss, MidAtlantic Horse Rescue and Fran Burns. In addition, The Equiery Magazine is the presenting sponsor for TASS. Jennifer Sponsellor Webster is the TASS representative from The Equiery.
- Written by Barrie Reightler