Eat, Hay, Love

Eat Hay Love!Thoroughbred 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.

Most of the TRF horses are stabled at correctional facilities located in 14 different states. Here, they not only enjoy a decent home after their racing careers are over, but are part of the TRF's Second Chances vocational program, where non-violent inmates learn about responsibility and trust, as well as equine care and stable management.The TRF also has adoption, fostering and sponsorship programs available for horses stabled at various farms throughout the country.

“On average, a Thoroughbred will eat about 22 pound of hay daily,” said TRF Vice President of External Affairs Diana Pikulski. “It is one of our greatest annual expenses, so we are grateful for donations of any size during the Hay Drive.”

Donors of $100 or more have the option to receive a special TRF 'Eat, Hay, Love' t-shirt as a thank you for sharing the love. Please note: the first batch of t-shirts have been sent! The second batch will be shipping mid-May. Thank you to everyone who has responded so positively to our Hay Drive! Think Spring!

Click here to make a donation or call (518) 226-0028.

About The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

For 30 years, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has been dedicated to saving Thoroughbred horses, no longer able to compete on the racetrack, from possible neglect, abuse, and slaughter.  TRF has provided a safe haven for over 4,000 Thoroughbreds and currently cares for more than 950 horses nationwide.  Nine of its farms are located at state correctional facilities, where inmates and parolees participate in a vocational training program in equine care and stable management.  For more information, visit

Mary Abbruzzese

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