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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

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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No Complaints

No Complaints is a 20 year old handsome bay gelding. He is a laid back old fella who loves being pampered. He enjoys his hay and grazing in his huge field but also loves coming in for treats and grooming. His temperament makes him one of the farm favorites for Second Chances inmates to work […]

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Multiple Choice: A malcontent to Mr. TRF pageant winner

by Susan Salk, Off Track Thoroughbreds Had he been human, he’d have been the hard working guy who avoids the water cooler, and wants only to be left alone at the end of the day. Graded stakes winner Multiple Choice was just about as cut and dried as a horse can come, recalls longtime trainer […]

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These Horses Give Prisoners a Second Chance

Published on Jun 22, 2015
Some inmates in the Maryland state prison system are hoping to make their lives after prison better by working with retired racehorses. The prisoners benefit from learning new skills as well as the compassion and patience it takes to work with the horses. Studies have shown that programs like these help decrease the likelihood that an inmate will return to prison.
PRODUCER/EDITOR: Gabriella Garcia-Pardo
VIDEOGRAPHERS: Kathryn Carlson and Gabriella Garcia-Pardo

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