James River Work Center
James River Work Center,
Polly Bauhan, Farm Manager
Visit our website at www.jamesriverhorses.org.
In 2007, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and the Virginia Department of Corrections established a public-private partnership to provide rehabilitation and training for offenders, using ex-racehorses.
The horses living at James River Work Center have acres of rolling grassland, barns and run-in sheds, a horse-knowledgeable supervisor, and a group of carefully selected inmates to care for them. Local equine professionals volunteer their time to help supervise the herd and provide supplemental training for the inmates.
Offenders selected from a pool of applicants are assigned to the program for a specific period of training, during which they care for the horses on a daily basis – leading in and out, mucking stalls, grooming, feeding, doing round-pen work. This hands-on experience is complemented by classroom training in equine nutrition, physiology, tack and stable management.
Additionally, James River operates a successful adooption program and has a private trainer and adoption coordinator on staff. Local competitions and foxhunts waive entry fees to that our adoptable horses are able to take trips off the farm before being matched with suitable farms. Please visit our website (above) to learn more.