The Pony Up program is designed to spread the financial responsibilities of caring for retired racehorses across the entire racing industry. Participating owners and trainers select an amount of their chosing that they pledge to donate for each win, and the funds are immediately put to work helping the TRF care for our herd of more than 1,100 ex-racehorses.
Gary Contessa is happy to be one of Pony Up's largest contributors at $50 per win.
"I'm doing this because I think it is a great idea, a great program, and the right thing to do," says Contessa. "I firmly believe the industry needs to do everything it can to care for retired racehorses. I have several I care for on my own farm in upstate New York. If you don't make sure they have a proper retirement, they end up in the wrong place."
Special thanks to these recent Pony Up participants:
All Pony Up donations are tax deductible. To learn more, please contact the TRF at 518-226-0028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.