SAVE THE DATE: TERF "Soiree for Safety" Fundraiser set for Friday, May 24, 2024, at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland.  

Event to Support Advancing Horse Racing Safety and Education in the Mid-Atlantic Region

WHO:  The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF) is hosting its first Soiree for Safety, a festive evening of education, food, fun, and entertainment. The event will include a special presentation on equine safety given by Scott Palmer, VMD, Equine Medical Director, New York State Gaming Commission and Adjunct Professor, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and TERF Trustee. 

A proud supporter and co-founder of TERF, Ellen Moelis, is the chair for this event and has contributed a variety of luxury items and fine art from her collection to the live auction, which will also feature other unique experiences such as tickets to the 2024 Belmont Stakes at Saratoga and an Equine Therapy package donated by Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center. Proceeds will benefit TERF supporting horse racing safety research and education in the mid-Atlantic region.

WHAT:  Created in 2013 by the late Herb and Ellen Moelis, the mission of TERF is to support Thoroughbred health and welfare by funding scholarships, educational programs, and equine research with a priority to make racing safer. Since its founding, TERF’s endowment has grown to over $2.5 million allowing for over 100 grants totaling more than $1 million.

Individual tickets cost $50 payable online:  Checks payable to: TERF c/o Chester County Community Foundation (The Lincoln Building, 28 West Market Street, West Chester, PA 19382).  RSVP requested by May 17, 2024.

For further information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Kathleen Anderson, DVM, 410-392-6646,

WHEN:  Friday, May 24at 5:30 p.m.  

WHERE: Fair Hill Training Center, 288 Training Center Drive, Elkton, MD 21921


The Thoroughbred Education & Research Foundation (TERF) announced Sept. 10 that it will partner with the new Horsemen U website to promote continuing education for Thoroughbred trainers and assistant trainers. TERF provides an annual grant of $4,000 to the Horsemen U project, which covers the cost of the website for the full year.

Horsemen U is a collaboration of the national Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and the California Thoroughbred Trainers. The platform was launched in May to assist trainers and assistant trainers in complying with continuing education requirements, which have been adopted in California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia and West Virginia. (Click the state to get regulation for that jurisdiction.) The website currently offers 16 CE seminars, covering topics from “Diagnostic Imaging” and “Biosecurity” to the “Musculoskeletal System of the Racehorse” and “Equine Welfare, Horseracing, and the Social License to Operate,” and also hosts live webinars.

TERF, an offshoot of Thoroughbred Charities of America, was established in 2012 to provide focused funding for equine education and research and supports education and research organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The objectives of TERF and Horsemen U dovetail seamlessly. Dr. Jim Orsini, one of the founders and a Trustee of TERF, said, “Education is the best investment for improving the lives of trainers, assistant trainers, and others in the equine industry. High quality education of equine industry personnel results in improved health and welfare of the horse. Additionally, individuals that complete courses offered by Horsemen U can educate others by mentoring and serving as a role model to create a multiplier effect.”

Dr. Scott Palmer, Equine Medical Director for the New York State Gaming Commission and also a TERF Trustee, spearheaded the first-ever CE regulation for Thoroughbred racing in 2017.

“TERF’s mission aligns with several of the primary goals of Horsemen U – education, Thoroughbred horses, safety, health and welfare,” Palmer said. “We couldn’t be better connected in our mutual goal to support the Thoroughbred racing industry through education of individuals primarily responsible for the care of Thoroughbred horses.

“By supporting the education of current and future generations of horse care professionals, TERF not only directly enhances the ability of industry stakeholders to improve the health and welfare of the horses in their care, but also provides an opportunity for the Thoroughbred industry to demonstrate its commitment to equine welfare to the general public,” he added.

THA Chairman Alan Foreman applauded the partnership between Horsemen U and TERF. “Horsemen U was born of the efforts of the Mid-Atlantic stakeholders involved in the Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities,” Foreman said. “We have state regulators, racetrack management and horsemen’s groups working together to improve the safety of our sport, and continuing education is an important component of the Plan. Joining forces with TERF will strengthen our initiative and help to ensure that our horsemen have the tools they need to provide the best care possible for the horses.”

TERF has distributed more than $700,000 in grants since its inception. The organization relies on the support of generous donors to continue its mission of promoting Thoroughbred health and welfare by funding scholarships, educational programs, and equine research with a priority to make racing safer. Tax-deductible contributions can be made by mailing a check made payable to ‘Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation’ to: Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF) c/o CCCF, 28 West Market Street, West Chester, PA 19382, or by visiting the TERF donation page at

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