New England amateur drivers donate to Standardbred Transition Alliance

The New England Amateur Drivers Club, based at Plainridge Racecourse, is donating $2,000 to the Standardbred Transition Alliance to help in accreditation and granting to programs caring for off the track Standardbreds.

The club, which has several dozen members, competes in one to two races each week at Plainridge; drivers donate their five percent commissions to charity to maintain their amateur status. It’s been in existence for nearly 20 years and has donated tens of thousands of dollars, generated from commissions, to local and national charities.

“The horses and the joy we get in training and competing with them is the reason this club exists,” says NEAHDC President Bill Abdelnour. “We are happy to be able to support this effort to give our equine athletes help to transition to a new career. I hope our fellow amateurs will follow our lead. The horses do so much for us, it’s time we give back to them.”

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