■ On Jan. 4, the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry presented the Retired Racehorse Training Project with one of its highest honors, awarding it the Thoroughbred Charities of America Industry Service Award.
The Industry Service Award is given yearly to an organization that exemplifies its mission of providing a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers, by supporting retirement, rescue and research, and by helping the people who work with them.
In 2013, the Retired Racehorse Training Project hosted the first Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore. The event featured two days of educational seminars, industry meetings and off-track Thoroughbred demonstrations. It was also the culmination of the summer-long Thoroughbred Makeover, which showcased 26 trainers from 15 states retraining former racehorses in disciplines as diverse as police work, eventing, ranch work and vaulting. The organization's plans include a second edition of the symposium and expansion of it educational resources for on-track and off-track Thoroughbred owners.
■ The following local companies have been selected as 2013 Angie's List Super Service Award winners: Auto Tech Service, at Winchester Road and Delaware Avenue; First Choice Power Washing, 3455 Delong Road; and Bluegrass Flooring, 868 Meadow Lane; Comfort Heating & Air, 2424 Palumbo Drive. These companies have met eligibility requirements, which include an "A" rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The company must be in good standing with Angie's List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie's List operational guidelines. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members will find the 2013 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.
Compiled by Dorothea Wingo