On March 2, 2022, the RTIP welcomed Jessica Hammond to the Joe Hirsch Speaker Series. Jessica runs the day-to-day operations of Beyond the Wire, an industry-wide initiative between the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, the Maryland Jockey Club, the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, and Maryland jockeys. The organization is a first-exit-from-racing program designed to facilitate safe and enriching placements for retiring Maryland-based racehorses.
Jessica also works for the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and was a racehorse owner herself. She enjoys her three off-the-track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs).
“Jessica spoke in-depth to the students about Maryland’s successful “Beyond the Wire” program,” said RTIP chair Robert Hartman. “It was clear that such this program represents a model for other racing states to emulate, given that Aftercare is of such critical importance to the industry.”
Photo: Jessica Hammond with @DanonymousMan