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Chelsea O'Reilly, Author at Thoroughbred Retirement FoundationThoroughbred Retirement Foundation

Author Archive: Chelsea O'Reilly

TRF Says Goodbye to The Optimist

Saratoga Springs, NY – The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation sadly said goodbye to The Optimist, age 29, (Horatius – More Memories, by Buffalo Lark) last week on the eve of his 22nd anniversary at the TRF.  The Optimist passed away peacefully due the infirmities of old age. His caretaker of 22 years, Andre Wheeler, was at […]

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TRF Receives Gift to Cover Annual Farrier Expenses

The Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation has donated $85,000 to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Farrier Fund to cover the organization’s 2017 hoof-care expenses.  The TRF established the Farrier Fund in 2015. “Hoof maintenance is especially important for off-track Thoroughbreds and is one of our single largest expenses,” remarked Sara Davenport, TRF’s herd manager. “Our horses are […]

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Mercer County Rescue Update

By Fran LaBelle It never ceases to amaze how quickly mistreated horses can make a full comeback with patience, care and a whole lot of love. This has been true ever since the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation launched its Second Chances Program at the Wallkill Correctional Facility in New York back in 1984. That program has […]

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When Reggi Met Shelby

By Francis LaBelle As part of its mission, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation encourages anyone who has made a living or derived enjoyment from Thoroughbred horses to consider what happens to these animals when they are through racing. Owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys, racetrack administrators, exercise riders, grooms, hotwalkers, veterinarians, blacksmiths, horse transport and farm personnel and, […]

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TRF partners with MARE Center on major study

By Bridgett McIntosh and Katie Kaufman Article originally appeared in Middleburg Life Virginia’s lush green pastures are more than just a picturesque backdrop to horse and hunt country. Researchers at Virginia Tech’s Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension (MARE) Center are studying the link between the environment, the pasture and the horse to unveil the mysteries […]

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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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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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Derby winning team keeps promise to help OTTB

By Susan Salk on November 4, 2016 Making good on a promise to help an unremarkable racehorse who once passed through the hands of Kentucky Derby winning trainer Graham Motion, a staffer of the famous horseman worked tirelessly to secure a sanctuary home at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation for a sweet gelding who’d run out […]

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