The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and The Stronach Group Subsidiary XBTV have joined forces to present the XBTV Aftercare Film Festival that will take place on July 1st. The film festival is being presented as a way to highlight how important horse aftercare is in the thoroughbred industry.
The theme of the film festival is: “The Importance of Thoroughbred Aftercare and Accreditation to the Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding Industries” and will be open to submissions exclusively from students in the Kentucky Equine Management Internship (KEMI) program, the Godolphin Flying Start (GFS) program, and the Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) at the University of Arizona.
Once the submission process is over and the film festival has completed, the public will be able to view them at XBTV, on social media, and at https:filmfreeway.com/festival/XBTV.
“The Stronach Group is an industry leader in world-class racing and is passionately committed to horse care and horse aftercare,” said Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Advisory Board Member Nicole Stronach Walker. “All of those that are involved in the industry, be it breeder, owner or track operator, have a responsibility to the horse to ensure a lifetime of happiness on and off the track. The XBTV Aftercare Film Festival initiative is a great way for younger horse racing enthusiasts to raise awareness and lead the way for future growth in aftercare.”
“The Film Festival is an exciting initiative by the TAA and it was very generous of them to extend an invitation to participate to Godolphin Flying Start trainees,” said Godolphin Flying Start program General Manager Cloudagh Kavanagh. “There are a number of trainees that have shown an interest in entering the competition and I wish them and the other competitors the best of luck with their submissions.”
“KEMI is thrilled to be part of this exciting contest,” said KEMI coordinator Leslie Janecka. “As part of their curriculum within the program, our interns learn not only about the production, care and management of Thoroughbreds, but also the importance of a secondary career for those athletes after their racing careers are over. The aftercare of Thoroughbreds is very important, and we are happy to help educate the public about these horses and the many aftercare options available.”