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TRF Second Chances Program

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The TRF Second Chances Program is a unique and pioneering program where inmates build life skills while participating in a vocational training program as they provide supervised care to our retired racehorses horses.

Located at correctional facilities in nine states, inmates from every imaginable backgound take part in a rigorous training program where they learn horse anatomy, how to care for injuries, equine nutrition and other aspects of horse care. Graduates of the program receive a certification based on the level of expertise they have mastered. After their release from prison, graduates of the TRF Second Chances Program have gone on to careers as farriers, vet assistants, and caretakers.

While TRF Second Chances began as a vocational program, it wasn’t long before other benefits of the program were realized; inmates not only learned a viable skill but also gained confidence and a sense of empathy. Studies have shown a reduction in recidivism rates at facilities that host the program.

If you are new to TRF, or are not familiar with our TRF 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.

It is critical to note that this program relies on donations, not government grants. Please consider making a gift so that we can continue this worthwhile program. You may designate your gift to support the program location of your choice.

TRF Second Chances News

Sovereign Kit Euthanized at 19 

Lexington, KY – September 21, 2016 – Sovereign Kit, one of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s only stallions, was euthanized last week due to complications from colic. He was 19 years old. An Argentinean bred Thoroughbred; Sovereign Kit began his career in Argentina before making his way to the New York circuit. Sovereign Kit went to […]

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Mercer County Horses Thriving at TRF

By Sue Finley Two months after being rescued from a dire neglect case in Mercer County on a farm leased by trainer Maria Borell and her father, the six horses entrusted to the inmates at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Blackburn Correctional Facility are thriving. While many of them still have months to go in their […]

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Death-farm horse heals the hurt of an inmate

By Susan Salk on September 16, 2016 About a year after Ollie (JC: Oligopolist) was pulled off a Virginia farm with 80 other endangered and starving equines, the chestnut Thoroughbred ex-racehorse whose future was so uncertain then now brings comfort to a prisoner who relates to the animal’s struggle and triumph. “He’s been through a […]

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“Spa Day” for Retired Horses Provided by Equestrian Team

Article originally appeared: http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/w-equest/spec-rel/091216aac.html September 12, 2016 The South Carolina Equestrian team is accustomed to taking care of the horses on which they compete, but the Gamecocks paid it forward recently by providing a little tender loving care to retired thoroughbreds housed at the Wateree River Correctional Institution with some serious grooming and bathing of the […]

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TRF Welcomes Warhorse from Puerto Rico

By Susan Salk on August 29, 2016 The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF, Inc.) this week welcomed racing warrior Immortal Wink into the herd of the nation’s largest horse charity following an all-out effort to retire him last month from a Puerto Rico racetrack. The 10-year-old gelding raced 142 times, earning north of $100,000, before he […]

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Massachusetts Trail Ride to Benefit TRF

By Susan Salk on August 10, 2016 A diehard Thoroughbred fan with a barn full of horses and a heart full of hope has launched a campaign to glorify the off-track Thoroughbred. Christina Sawelsky of Sharon, Mass. has organized a 12-mile trail ride through a lush Massachusetts estate in order to bootstrap the attendance of […]

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Celebrating TRF Legend on Quick Call Stakes Day

  August 4, 2016-   During his career as a Thoroughbred racehorse, Quick Call earned fame and fortune as a “Horse for the Course.” And the course he picked was Saratoga Race Course, host of the most prestigious of the nation’s race meets. Today TRF will celebrate this racing legend at the community booth at Saratoga […]

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Convicts empathize with forsaken OTTBs

July 11, 2016 Lexington, KY – In a twist of fate, men at the Blackburn Correctional Facility in TRF’s Second Chances program who may have awoken on June 28th, 2016 questioning their own self worth, were entrusted with a life or death mission – to nurse to health six starved horses who were deemed the […]

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Six underweight horses from Borell farm moved to TRF facility

Article originally appeared in the Daily Racing Form: http://www.drf.com/news/six-underweight-horses-borell-farm-moved-trf-facility 06/28/2016 12:21PM By Mark Simon An update on the status of the 43 abandoned Thoroughbreds  in Mercer County was provided by Rusty Ford, spokesperson for the Kentucky state veterinary department, at The Jockey Club’s Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit at Keeneland. Ford was asked to […]

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