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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

Virginia Officer Helps Inmates Heal with Horses

By Susan Salk on November 25, 2016 Officer Shane Clarke of Virginia’s James River Work Center never gets tired of hearing the voices of paroled inmates who call him on the barn phone; the very barn that was at once a humble home for horses and a kind of schoolroom, where those dispossessed learned to […]

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Pikulski: All horses matter, deserve happiness

By Susan Salk on November 18, 2016 Diana Pikulski’s unwavering commitment to 825 ex-racehorses in the care of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is, in part, an extension of her core belief in the sanctity of animal life, a powerful feeling dating back to childhood and a memory of lamb slaughter. She was 12 years old when she and her family visited […]

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Catalyze is a 16 year old KY bred gelding by Tabasco Cat.   He is the alpha horse in his herd but farm manager Linda says he is the kindest alpha she has I have ever seen.  We think he would be an ambassador if  he were human.   Click here to Sponsor Catalyze

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Win a Kiss

This cute 17 year old Kentucky bred chestnut mare may just win your heart.  This  girl has attitude and rules every field she is in!   She only had ten career starts and winnings of $ 24,529 but now serves a greater purpose as an equine teacher in the TRF’s Second Chances vocation Program at […]

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My Turf Hero

My Turf Hero, known around the farm as “Charlie”,  is a grand looking horse by Woodman. It took our farm manager almost 2 years of working patiently with him every day working to be able to pet him on the face. Now he trusts me and the Second Chances program participants to do anything with […]

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Babinsky is a kind hearted Kentucky bred horse who had 38 starts.  He is 17 years old and lives at TRF’s Second Chances farm at Blackburn Correctional Facility in Lexington, KY. Click here to Sponsor Babinsky

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Ask the Lord

Ask the Lord, an 18 year old bay gelding, is a true warhorse who raced a whopping 83 times with earnings of over $750,000.  This regal looking grandson of Slew O’Gold was a tough racehorse who loves lots of attention and treats that are naturally due to him!  He now permanently resides at the Thoroughbred […]

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Tsuris is a 16 yr old Kentucky bred gelding.  This sweet and shy guy had 34 starts and now is a resident at TRF’s  Wallkill Correctional Facility where he is a part of the Second Chances program Click here to sponsor Tsuris

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Limelight shines on OTTBs at Equine Affaire

By Susan Salk on November 15, 2016 Their coats glistening, their tack polished, nine off-track Thoroughbreds took center stage this past weekend beneath the lights of the Equine Affaire Coliseum. During a brief appearance they demonstrated their prowess at a variety of disciplines showing no signs of, in some cases, very troubled pasts. As they […]

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