Farms and Facilities

The TRF herd includes over 900 Thoroughbreds at farms around the country. Many of our horses are located at state correctional facilities where inmates participate in the Second Chances vocational training program in equine care and stable managment.

  • California:   Second Chances California, Modesto
  • Florida:  Lowell Correctional Institute, Ocala
  • Illinois:  Vandalia Correctional Center, Vandalia
  • Indiana: Putnamville Correctional Facility, Greencastle
  • Kentucky:  Blackburn Correctional Complex, Lexington
  • Maryland:  Central Maryland Correctional Facility, Sykesville
  • Massachusetts:  Plymouth County Sherriff's Farm, Plymouth
  • New York:  Wallkill Correctional Facility, Wallkill
  • South Carolina:  Wateree River Correctional Institution, Rembert
  • Virginia:  James River Work Center, State Farm  -  Montpelier Farm, Montpelier Station  -  Butch Eastham's Farm, Front Royal (private)  

A number of our horses also live at private farms whose owners receive a modest stipend to care for our long-term retirees.  All farms welcome visitors by appointment.  Please contact the TRF office at 518-226-0028 for more information.


California Second Chances California, Modesto
Florida Lowell Correctional Institute, Ocala
Illinois Vandalia Correctional Center, Vandalia
Indiana Putnamville Correctional Facility, Greencastle
Kentucky Blackburn Correctional Complex, Lexington
Maryland Central Maryland Correctional Facility, Sykesville
Massachusetts Plymouth County Sherriff's Farm, Plymouth
New York Wallkill Correctional Facility, Wallkill
South Carolina Wateree River Correctio

California          Second Chances California, Modesto
Florida Lowell Correctional Institute, Ocala
Illinois   Vandalia Correctional Center, Vandalia
Indiana Putnamville Correctional Facility, Greencastle
Kentucky         Blackburn Correctional Complex, Lexington
Maryland          Central Maryland Correctional Facility, SykesvilleMassachusetts  Plymouth County Sherriff's Farm, Plymouth
New York        Wallkill Correctional Facility, Wallkill
South Carolina  Wateree River Correctional Institution, Rembert
Virginia James River Work Center, State Farm

nal Institution, Rembert
Virginia James River Work Center, State Farm
View: Blackburn Correctional Complex

Blackburn Correctional Complex

Once the TRF mission of horses helping people and people helping horses was established in New York at the Wallkill Correctional Facility, it was only natural that the prison farm program would spread to the place where the horse is king, the great state of Kentucky.

View: Central Maryland Correctional Facility

Central Maryland Correctional Facility

On May 14, 2009 the Second Chances Farm opened their barn doors to receive its first three retired/rescued thoroughbred race horses. This unique program is possible because of a partnership between DPSCS and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF).

View: James River Work Center

James River Work Center

Imagine a place where people and animals come together to help each other. Horses adjusting to a new life of retirement following a busy career in racing. Prison inmates working to acquire a valuable skill to put them a step ahead when they return to the job market. Both sides with a lot to learn. Both sides with a lot to give. Both sides with a lot to gain.

View: Lowell Correctional Institute

Lowell Correctional Institute

Another facility in the heart of horse country, the TRF farm at the Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala opened in 2001 and is the home to about 50 horses. The farm is home to two prominent horses, Carterista and Val's Prince, both of whom were graded stakes winners on the grass. Val's Prince is a three-time Grade I stakes winner. They're special, but so are all the horses at Lowell Correctional Institution.

View: Montpelier Farm

Montpelier Farm

Montpelier Farm, a 200-acre portion of the James and Dolly Madison estate, is home to a 80 TRF horses. Farm Manager Kim Wilkins always has a select group of Thoroughbred available for adoption as riding horses.

View: Plymouth County Sheriff’s Farm

Plymouth County Sheriff’s Farm

In November 2009, the first retired thoroughbreds from Suffolk Downs arrived at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances at Plymouth County Sheriff’s Farm, where they were brought to their new stalls in a barn renovated by inmates. They will be joined by additional retirees in the future.

View: Putnamville Correctional Facility

Putnamville Correctional Facility

Across the lush, rolling, green hills of Putnam County, Indiana, gallop a herd of beautiful, thoroughbred, race horses. In June 2007, the Putnamville Correctional Facility received its’ first six horses from Kentucky marking the beginning of the first Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Program in the State of Indiana.

View: Second Chances California

Second Chances California

Second Chances California serves probationers referred by the Stanislaus County Probation Department. Participants gain new life skills and learn a marketable trade while providing supervised care for former racehorses. SCC builds on the TRF’s Second Chances Vocational Program model by adding a formal Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Learning, and Development component.

View: Vandalia Correctional Center

Vandalia Correctional Center

Our newest facility opened in 2013 is still being expanded. When fundraising and construction is complete, Second Chance Ranch will house up to 60 retired racehorses.

View: Wallkill Correctional Facility

Wallkill Correctional Facility

In 1984, a gelding named Promised Road walked off a van and on to the grounds of the Wallkill Correctional Facility, the first horse ever under the care of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. 30 years later, the Second Chances Vocational Program has been replicated in 10 states. Wallkill is home to about 50 Thoroughbreds at a time.

View: Wateree River Correctional Institution

Wateree River Correctional Institution

Few prisons in the country were a better fit for a TRF program than the Wateree River Correctional Facility in Rembert, South Carolina. The facility has plenty of land, is in the middle of horse country and already had several agricultural and vocational programs in place for the inmates. When then warden John Carmichael read a New York Times story about the TRF and the success the organization has had at its other prison program, he knew Wateree had to have one, too.