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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.

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

TRF’s Second Chances program in Maryland goes the Distance

Submitted by Sarah Stein, TRF Second Chances program manager at Sykesville Correctional Facility, MD Alex Wooten graduated from the six-month Second Chances Program in June, 2017. He continued to work at the farm as the head groom until he was released in mid-August after 20 years of incarceration. Within two weeks of his release, Alex […]

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TRF Launches 2017 Hay Drive with $50,000 Matching Gift Challenge

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has secured a $50,000 matching gift challenge from the Geoffrey Hughes Foundation (GHF) to launch its 2017 Hay Drive.  The GHF will match every gift received by the TRF up to $50,000 for its Hay Drive campaign which launches September 11, 2017.  The TRF’s goal for the 2017 Hay Drive […]

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Corinthian’s Joy

Joy is new to the TRF herd and she has quickly won our hearts.  She is so lovely and sweet with a feminine face.  At only 4 years of age, her racing career ended early because of an injury. She is a NY bred by Pomeroy out of Kaleidoscopic.  She is now a member of […]

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With TRF As Her Platform, Teen’s Inner Beauty Stands Out

By Francis LaBelle Mary Boucher is only 14 years old, but she has already developed a keen sense of responsibility, compassion and humanity, not to mention her need to take action. The daughter of thoroughbred horse trainer Lilith Boucher and steeplechase jockey William Boucher, Mary recently competed in the Miss Camden, SC Beauty Pageant.  Contestants […]

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Silver Cliff

Silver Cliff is a  gorgeous son of  the famous Silver Charm.  He was brought to our TRF Kentucky farm as part of a now infamous neglect case  last year.  He has fully recovered  and is a healthy and happy  member of his herd.  At  15 years old he is promised  a loving home with TRF […]

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Sonny’s the One

Sonny is a handsome gelding who is the grandson of the great Unbridled.  He is 12 years old with 63 starts in his racing career  and total lifetime earnings of $155,000. He was retired from racing at Suffolk Downs in 2011. He is a funny, curious guy who is looking for sponsors! Sonny now lives at […]

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Starshipenterprise is a sweet 21 year old gelding who is missing one eye.  He gets around just fine and lives in a happy herd at TRF’s South Carolina Second Chances farm at Wateree Correctional Facility.  In his racing career he had 59 with lifetime earnings of  $50,352. He may be missing an eye but he […]

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Brummy was rescued from the auction kill pen and brought TRF  in 2006.  We are so happy he is safe with us at TRF.  He is a big handsome chestnut gelding with unique golden-hazel eyes.   He may have life figured out because he only does well when living with the mare herd as the only […]

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Inmates find hope in work with retired racehorses

Story originally appeared in the Indy Star Matthew Ziliak doesn’t like to be messed with. Neither does Aly’s Wildcat, a retired racehorse that Ziliak helps care for on a western Indiana farm. “He’s the biggest one out here, and he doesn’t like being messed with,” said Ziliak of Aly’s Wildcat. “He kind of reminded me […]

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