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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

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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TRF takes 6 hungry, abandoned horses into herd

By Susan Salk on June 29, 2016 Silver Cliff and Z Camelot, two Thoroughbreds discovered in a herd of abandoned horses linked to a Breeders’ Cup-winning trainer, were officially released yesterday to the safety of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation(TRF). Following a decision by Mercer County Kentucky officials, which declared a herd of 43 horses to be […]

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Horses Seized in VA Blossom at Prison Farm

By Susan Salk on June 17, 2016 James River, VA – Two ex-racehorse Thoroughbreds rescued last year in a raid on a Virginia farm filled with starving horses, have blossomed under the gentle care of inmates who learned horsemanship and life skills through theThoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s (TRF) Second Chances program. Since arriving at theJames River Work […]

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Students Dance 27 Hours to Raise $14K for Ex-RaceHorses

By Susan Salk on May 20, 2016 James River – VA  Philanthropic high school students in Virginia recently donated $14,000 to help the horses and inmates at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s (TRF) James River facility. Following months of fundraising, the drive culminated in a 27-hour Deep Run Marathon Dance, which raised funds for 12 charities, including the TRF. Students, […]

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TRF Second Chances horses show inmate a new path

by Susan Salk, Off Track Thoroughbreds Ocala, FL – A former inmate who had lost almost everything when she was sentenced to four years in a Florida jail found “some peace” in her life and a path to a new career after embracing the surprise opportunity to participate in a prisoner/racehorse program. After taking a […]

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Award of merit goes to TRF’s John Evans

by Susan Salk, Off Track Thoroughbreds LEXINGTON, Ky.—Thoroughbred Charities of America has named John Evans as its first TCA Award of Merit recipient of 2016. Evans was presented with the award in front of 400 guests at the 54th annual Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association gala held in Ocala, Fla. March 14. The award […]

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TRF Horses help ex-inmate find love, career, hope

by Susan Salk, Off Track Thoroughbreds A young woman who learned to ride and care for horses while participating in a prisoner/OTTB  program at the Lowell Correctional Institution of Florida has returned to society with a promising career, a happy relationship and a horse of her own. Nicole Mason-Suares, 30, of Ocala, says that her […]

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TRF horses, inmates grace the silver screen

by Susan Salk, Off Track Thoroughbreds A prisoner/horse program that has mended hearts and reshaped lives, and is featured in an independent film narrated by Vanessa Redgrave, will be shown next month in a screening aimed at enlightening viewers to the healing gifts of rescue animals. The Wound and the Gift, a cinematic creation inspired […]

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