Founded in 1983, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is the largest equine sanctuary in the world devoted to the rescue, retirement, rehabilitation and retraining of Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack.  Over 4,000 horses have come through our programs and we currently care for 950 nationwide.  More than 1,000 Thoroughbreds have been adopted out to loving homes.  At re-training farms, we prepare racehorses for adoption as riding and companion horses.  

At correctional facilities in ten states, TRF operates the Second Chances Program, where inmates build life skills while participating in a vocational training program as they provide supervised care to our retired horses. If you are new to TRF, or are not familiar with our Second Chances Program, please take the time to watch this brief video. You'll be glad you did; and you will understand why our mission is so important.

Video: TRF's Second Chances Program

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation offers a humane alternative to the dire possibilities that have long faced a great majority of ex-racehorses - neglect, abuse and slaughter.  It is a place, built on love and caring, that is befitting such noble and deserving animals.  As a registered 501(C)(3) organization, the TRF receives no public funding and is entirely dependent on the generosity of private individuals.  Our Federal Tax ID Number is 13-3132741.


New Mailing Address: 
PO Box 834, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Blackburn to Celebrate 15 Years of Second Chances

blackburn_anniversary_invitation_email_final.jpgFor 31 years the TRF has successfully rehabilitated and retrained Thoroughbreds for second careers. For those horses needing lifetime retirement, the TRF offers care – and second careers as teachers -- through the TRF Second Chances program at 10 correctional facilities around the country, where inmates become talented grooms.

This year, we celebrate 15 years at our beautiful Blackburn Correctional Center farm in the heart of the Kentucky bluegrass. With the help of the local thoroughbred industry, this farm has developed into a beautiful community of horses and people. Please visit us at our Blackburn farm on Thursday, October 23 at 10:00 a.m. for the chance to meet the horses and the men who care for them and a short ceremony commemorating the success of the program and those who helped make it happen. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP is required by October 20th. RSVP by email: mary@thoroughbredretirement.org or by calling: (518) 226-0028.

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TRF Featured in Vancouver Film Festival Premier

The Wound and the Gift, the movieThe Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Second Chances program at the James River Work Center in Virginia is featured as part of a new film, “The Wound and the Gift: The True Meaning of Animal Rescue.” The movie premiered on September 30th at the 33rd Annual Vancouver International Film Festival.

The film is produced and directed by Brooklyn, NY resident Linda Hoaglund. Click here to watch a 3 minute clip featuring the TRF.

The TRF, now in its 31st year, fits well in “The Wound and the Gift.” The film focuses on the efforts of humans to rescue animals that were bred for profit, abused or sold on the black market. The film is held together by a running narrative by renowned actress Vanessa Redgrave, who recites an ancient fable of a wounded crane, rescued by peasants, who tries to bring them a gift as a show of gratitude. Read more.

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Local Foundations Step Up To Support TRF Second Chances at Plymouth County Sheriff's Farm

Plymouth county horses arrive with mounted escortPLYMOUTH, MA (Sept. 09, 2014) – An innovative program that uses retired horses from Suffolk Downs to develop career and transition skills for inmates at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility has received a major gift from three local charitable foundations.

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), which launched the Second Chances program at Plymouth County Sheriff’s Farm in 2009 with the support of the Fields Family Foundation, received $60,000 from the Gardinor Prunaret Foundation, Roberta M. Childs Charitable Foundation and Mary Elizabeth Pearce Foundation. Second Chances is a rehabilitative initiative for both inmates and horses. Through the program, inmates from the Plymouth County Correctional Facility care for retired racehorses as part of the facility’s vocational program. Several horses have been adopted from the Sheriff's Farm since the program's inception in November of 2009. Read more.

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TRF Welcomes Carl J. Domino to its Board of Directors

Carl J. DominoSARATOGA SPRINGS, NY Carl J. Domino, a longtime fixture on the New York racing circuit and a staunch supporter of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, has been elected to the TRF Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled to have Carl join the TRF board,” said TRF Vice President of External Affairs Diana Pikulski. “Carl has been a major supporter of the TRF for many years and he really walks the walk with the horses in his stable, his generosity, and his fundraising on behalf of the TRF.”

A native of New Brunswick, NJ, Domino began his training career as assistant to Dave Schneider. Schneider trained horses for Domino's mother, Lee Cannata, who owned a 14-horse stable in New York. Read more.

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2014

5th Annual Run/Walk for the Horses
& Kids Fun Run
 

September 6, 2014  -  Thank you to everyone (and their four legged friends!) who braved the humidity in the early morning hours on Saturday and ran, walked and volunteered at our 5th Annual Run for the Horses 5K!  We're grateful that so many of you came out to help support this important cause.  Photos are available on our Facebook page.

16 year old Connor Oakman returned to reclaim his title this year by finishing first in the male overall, with Mike Bracken in second followed by Greg Ethler in third. Erin Lopez lead the women with a smoking finish in first, followed by Mary Buck in second and Sarah Morris in third overall. 8 year old Sean Hughes was our youngest competitor, and 71 year old Howard Jones crossed the finish line with a formidable pace for any athlete.  Congratulations to all! Full race results are posted here: 5th Annual Run for the Horses.  

A big thanks is also due to all of our sponsors, especially Adirondack Trust, Adirondack Trust Insurance, The Saratogian, Gilstrap & Associates, and irun local for donating gift cards to all our top finishers.

Pre-registered competitors who didn't pick up their tee-shirts please contact Mary Abbruzzese by email or at 518-226-0028. Extra shirts are available for $10 each. We love hearing feedback from runners and spectators, and are also very happy to hear from anyone who might be interested in volunteering for the 6th Annual Run for the Horses, Saturday, September 5th, 2015.  Please give Mary a call at 518-226-0028.  

Save the Date! 

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Rosie Napravnik Takes Lead for “Olivia’s Herd”

Jockey Rosie Napravnik winning the Grade 1 Hopeful in 2012 at Saratoga aboard Shanghai Bobby - photo credit ADAM COGLIANESE, NYRA photosSaratoga Springs, NY

Jockey Rosie Napravnik took time out from her busy afternoon at Saratoga Race Course on July 31 to sign autographs to benefit “Olivia's Herd,” the special needs horses of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

Always a fan favorite, Napravnik met with fans on behalf of Olivia's Herd, which was started in 2011 by horse owner/breeder Paul Saylor in memory of his daughter to care of the needs of TRF horses most in need of special care or feeding because of age or other physical condition.

Killed in a fire three years ago, Olivia would have been 25 years old on July 31.  Read full story.

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Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Celebrates 30-year Anniversary of its ‘Second Chances’ Program

wallkill_superintendent_timothy_laffin_at_the_podium_photo_credit_deborah_miles.jpgWallkill, NY – Nearly 100 supporters of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), including dignitaries from New York State, gathered at the TRF’s horse farm on the grounds of the Wallkill Correctional Facility June 19.

The event marked the 30th anniversary of the TRF’s Second Chances program – a rehabilitation initiative designed to teach inmates equine management while rescuing racehorses.

The TRF’s founding board of directors established the program out of personal concern... Read the entire story.

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GRAYSON-TRF EVENT RAISES $300,000

bobbyflay2.png“The Foods of Bobby Flay,” the official Belmont Stakes charity celebration benefitting the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, raised approximately $300,000 for the two charities at the event in Manhattan Thursday night.

The highlight of the night was the presentation of the fourth annual Earle Mack Thoroughbred Champion Award, presented to leading anti-slaughter advocate Victoria McCullough.

The chairman of the board of Chesapeake Petroleum, McCullough was recognized for her efforts and influence on safeguarding the lives of Thoroughbred racehorses through the prevention of the reinstitution of horse slaughter in the U.S.   Read Entire Story


TRF Names Messer, Scherf to Board of Directors

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation has named Dr. Nat T. Messer IV and Christopher Scherf to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Messer is currently a consultant to the University of Missouri's Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, where he served as the Director of Equine Center for seven years and as a professor from 2008-2012. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and named a Distinguished Life Member of the American Association of Equine Practicioners.

Scherf is the executive vice-president of Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America, which represent its 48-member racetracks in regulator, legislative and other industry matters. In 1990, the TRA formed Equibase with The Jockey Club, thereby creating an industry-owned database of racing information that enabled the unfettered growth of full-card simulcasting. Click here to read more.


hay!_button.jpgThoroughbred Retirement Foundation Launches 6th Annual “Haydrive”

Saratoga Springs, NY (February 14, 2014)  -  Time to get on the bale! The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's sixth annual Hay Drive kicks off on St. Valentine's Day, Friday, February 14, 2014.

This year, the Hay Drive's theme is “Eat, Hay, Love,” but the mission is the same: to raise money to help feed the nearly 1,000 horses in the TRF herd. The average cost of hay is $180 per ton, and the TRF expects that expense to exceed $350,000 this year. Learn More.


January 31, 2014, by Susan Salk, Off-Track Thoroughbreds --

sir_prize_birthday_photo.jpgFor 10 years the dark bay Thoroughbred raced with the heart of a prizefighter.

In his youth he surged into battle on racetracks far and wide, fighting for victory in a staggering 206 starts and earning $300,000 before it was all said and done. And when age and mileage finally took him from the track, he was asked to enter different kind of fight, the kind waged every day by the inmates incarcerated at Wallkill Correctional Facility in New York.

For 16 years now, Sir Prize Birthday, who turns 34 in May, has swaggered about as king of the field in the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s inmate program at Wallkill, regularly fighting off challenges from other horses for turf rights.

But when not embroiled in a duel, he has quietly helped inmates who are privately fighting their own battles, escorting them through exercises that teach them peace and kindness. To read the full OTTB article click here.


TRF'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR SHINES BRIGHTLY

anniversary_logo_horse-under-tree_only.jpgFor the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, 2013 was going to be a special year if for no other reason than it marked the TRF's 30th anniversary.
 
But as the year progressed, it proved to be one of great importance to the world's largest equine sanctuary, which had already saved more than 4,000 horses from neglect, abuse and slaughter.
 
To date, there are 950 horses in the TRF herd, including those at 10 TRF Second Chances facilities in 10 states across the nation. Originally founded at Wallkill, NY, which will celebrate its own 30th anniversary in 2014, TRF Second Chances teaches non-violent prisoners horse care and stable management as a vocation through its Groom Elite program. Inmates learn by working with and developing trust with TRF horses, who in return get a safe, loving home and compassionate care.
 
Most impressive in 2013... Read More

 

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