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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.

logo_run_for_the_horses_2014.jpg5th Annual Run/Walk for the Horses
& Kids Fun Run

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Saratoga Springs, NY

Saratoga Spa State Park, Orenda Pavilion

The certified 5k course, which begins at the Orenda Pavilion at Saratoga State Park, will wind its way throughout the beautiful park.  

7 AM Check-in ~ 8 AM Fun Run ~ 8:30 AM 5K Start

Post time will be at 8:30 a.m. There will be refreshments, and prizes in all race/walk divisions. Pre-race registration for the event is $20. Race day registration is $25.

Become a Virtual Runner: Not a runner but still want to support the TRF? Make a $20 donation and receive a race t-shirt and a warm heart knowing your donation is directly supporting the horses of the TRF.


Or, print and mail the attached registration form.


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.


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.



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.


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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