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Plymouth Farm Festival

On a sunny afternoon in Plymouth, Mass. two retired ex-racehorses held court with admiring youngsters at the fall open house at the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Farm. Suffolk Downs warhorses Red Miah and Future Fantasy, retirees in the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Plymouth herd of 10, greeted and delighted children who flocked to pet the gentle animals. […]

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TRF fetes top OTTB foxhunter at Piedmont

By Susan Salk on October 13, 2016 A bold, bay Thoroughbred who cut an impressive figure on the Virginia foxhunting scene took home the first TRF Second Chances Challenge Trophy last weekend at the Piedmont Fox Hounds Hunter Trials. The elegant OTTB General Skye, 11, and his owner/rider Brian Jarvis were judged to be the […]

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He went from prison to blacksmith championship

By Susan Salk on October 6, 2016 A once somewhat shy inmate at the James River Work Center in Virginia, who parlayed skills acquired through the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s prisoner/racehorse Second Chances program, recently took top honors for his farrier skills at the World Championship Blacksmiths competition in Doswell, Va. Will Wilson, a former inmate whose […]

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Tearful breeder reunited with TRF rescue horse

By Susan Salk on September 30, 2016 Cathy Hartsock rushed into Barn 4 at theThoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s James Riverlocation, found the right stall, and threw her arms around the neck of the copper chestnut gelding she’d been worrying about for years. She began to cry. “I felt like I was seeing one of my children,” […]

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Sovereign Kit Euthanized at 19 

Lexington, KY – September 21, 2016 – Sovereign Kit, one of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s only stallions, was euthanized last week due to complications from colic. He was 19 years old. An Argentinean bred Thoroughbred; Sovereign Kit began his career in Argentina before making his way to the New York circuit. Sovereign Kit went to […]

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Mercer County Horses Thriving at TRF

By Sue Finley Two months after being rescued from a dire neglect case in Mercer County on a farm leased by trainer Maria Borell and her father, the six horses entrusted to the inmates at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Blackburn Correctional Facility are thriving. While many of them still have months to go in their […]

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Death-farm horse heals the hurt of an inmate

By Susan Salk on September 16, 2016 About a year after Ollie (JC: Oligopolist) was pulled off a Virginia farm with 80 other endangered and starving equines, the chestnut Thoroughbred ex-racehorse whose future was so uncertain then now brings comfort to a prisoner who relates to the animal’s struggle and triumph. “He’s been through a […]

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“Spa Day” for Retired Horses Provided by Equestrian Team

Article originally appeared: http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/w-equest/spec-rel/091216aac.html September 12, 2016 The South Carolina Equestrian team is accustomed to taking care of the horses on which they compete, but the Gamecocks paid it forward recently by providing a little tender loving care to retired thoroughbreds housed at the Wateree River Correctional Institution with some serious grooming and bathing of the […]

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5K Run for the Horses a total success

by Fran LaBelle, Saratoga Springs, NY – Nearly 400 runners, a dozen former Thoroughbred racehorses and plenty of children and dogs added up to a fun-filled morning at the Spa State Park on Saturday, September 3 at the Seventh Annual 5K Run/Walk for the Horses. Held to benefit the member organizations of  Racehorse After Care […]

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‘We’re gonna need a bigger barn’

By Susan Salk on September 2, 2016 To keep up with demand for well-trained Thoroughbreds migrating from the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF, Inc.) fields into the hands of veterans, mounted police units, and riders, a California-based trainer has expanded her facility and capacity to train OTTBs. The need for more space has grown out of the […]

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TRF Welcomes Warhorse from Puerto Rico

By Susan Salk on August 29, 2016 The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF, Inc.) this week welcomed racing warrior Immortal Wink into the herd of the nation’s largest horse charity following an all-out effort to retire him last month from a Puerto Rico racetrack. The 10-year-old gelding raced 142 times, earning north of $100,000, before he […]

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Massachusetts Trail Ride to Benefit TRF

By Susan Salk on August 10, 2016 A diehard Thoroughbred fan with a barn full of horses and a heart full of hope has launched a campaign to glorify the off-track Thoroughbred. Christina Sawelsky of Sharon, Mass. has organized a 12-mile trail ride through a lush Massachusetts estate in order to bootstrap the attendance of […]

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