Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF) Announces Research Grants Awarded 

TERF logo. TERF research grants will go towards bettering the lives of racehorses.

The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF) is pleased to announce the awarding of $62,389 in research grants. The grants will support the goal of making racing safe. With the vision and mission of bettering the lives of Thoroughbreds, TERF aims to support students in pursuit of education in equine industry careers. It also aims to fund research efforts that better the life of the Thoroughbred racehorse. 

TERF awards the following to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc.: 

  • TERF awards $10,000 to support the work of Dr. Sue Stover at the University of California for research involving motion of the proximal sesamoid bones. The project will examine how uneven footing, hoof conformation, shoeing, and uneven racetrack surfaces could contribute to fetlock breakdowns. 

TERF awards the following to the Foundation for the Horse:

  • TERF awards $20,000 to support the work of Dr. Alexandra Carlson at the University of Tennessee for research involving in vitro analysis of the optimization of stem cell therapy for the treatment of osteoarthritis using equine synovial fluid derived mesenchymal stem cells using a soluble epoxide hydrolase inhibitor. 
  • TERF awards Dr. Drew Koch at North California State University $19,986 for research involving dual licensing of mesenchymal stem cells to enhance tendon healing. 
  • Lastly, TERF awards Dr. Lauren Smanik at Colorado State University $12,403 for the development of an experimental model of palmar osteochondral disease (POD) in horses that would allow researchers to study the progression of the disease in a controlled manner.

The Board of Directors of TERF meticulously selects research grant recipients in a competitive grant making process. TERF’s grants reflect the values set forth by founders Herb and Ellen Moelis. TERF’s current Board includes Co-Chairs Kathleen Anderson DVM and James Orsini DVM, Margaret H. Duprey, Gretchen and Roy Jackson, Ellen Moelis, Wendy Moon, Anita Motion, Scott Palmer VMD, Josh Pons, Lucy Zungailia, Katelyn Jackson, and Lynn Cassimeris, Ph.D.

To learn more about the Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation and/or make a tax-deductible donation to support TERF’s mission and programs, please visit

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