Author Archive: Chelsea O'Reilly
The Sixth Annual 5K Run/Walk for the Horses and Kids’ Fun Run brought together five local Thoroughbred racehorse rescue organizations, 350 runners and a community made aware of the plight of horses that are no longer able to race. Held on Saturday morning, September 5 at the Orenda Pavilion at the Spa State Park in […]Continue Reading
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) – On her 11th birthday, Amber Meeker could have gotten gifts to enjoy herself. But instead, she gave her gifts to retired racehorses waiting for permanent homes.
“God has blessed me with so many things,” she said. “I thought, ‘Why not just give back? Help the animals?’ Because they’re so sweet and I didn’t really need anything else.”
Reprinted with permission from the TDN – The Foods of Anne Burrell, a fundraising gala for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation in Saratoga Springs Sunday night, raised over $200,000 for the charity which places retired racehorses in second careers and in pioneering programs at correctional facilities in nine states. The evening’s highlight–-other than the outstanding food […]Continue Reading
Saratoga Character out-lived the odds and the neglect of people who thought nothing of racing an injured horse every six to nine days. Fortunately, he found someone to look out for him and he was eventually able to spend a happy life at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances farm at the Blackburn Correctional Complex. […]Continue Reading
by Francis LaBelle The former West Coast groom has never met the former East Coast racehorse. But Bill “Mojo” Wallner and Quite Rightly, respectively, have already done a lot of good for one another. As a Father’s Day gift from his wife, Barbara, Wallner recently received a Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation sponsorship for 17-year-old Quite Rightly, […]Continue Reading
by Susan Salk A bright chestnut racehorse who was saved by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation from the clutches of starvation in early April has entered a bleak world and filled it with hope. Nickering to women serving prison sentences at the Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala, Fla., Cannwyll spends his days sheltered from the blazing Florida […]Continue Reading
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., July 28, 2015 – The Third Annual “Hay, Oats & Spaghetti” dinner to support the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) hosted by Giuseppe and Lauren Grisio at Bravo! on Monday July 27 raised more than $11,000 for the world’s oldest and largest Thoroughbred aftercare organization. “In three short years, this event has skyrocketed […]Continue Reading
By Susan Salk, Off Track Thoroughbreds Blog After a life caught up in a “revolving door” of drugs and trouble, a 41-year-old Virginia inmate who found his calling working with retired racehorses at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, will exit prison this coming September and go straight to work at a well-known racehorse facility. Jason Holland, […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
Saratoga Springs, NY- The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has expanded the mission of its annual 5K Run/Walk for the Horses to support all local racehorse welfare organizations. The Sixth Annual Run for the Horses, which has been selected as a Saratoga Centennial Event, will be held Saturday morning, September 5, 2015 at the Orenda Pavilion […]Continue Reading
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