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Second Chance Farm: Four broken men, six discarded racehorses, one place saving them

Originally published in the Washington Post by Petula Dvorak Columnist May 17 at 12:05 PM Email the author Horses get walked at Second Chance Farm in Syksville, Md., which rescues retired racehorses destined for slaughterhouses and offers prison inmates the opportunity to take care of them. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post) Or maybe for any species. As the crowds in […]

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Youthful Haney Oversees Exciting Times at Vandalia

By Francis LaBelle Just over a year ago, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances Program at the Vandalia Correctional Facility in Illinois received a $5,000 grant from the Illinois Equine Industry Research and Promotion Board (IEIRPB). That was only the start of exciting times for Vandalia, home to 21 former racehorses and the 10 inmates […]

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May is Horse Sponsorship Month at TRF

To celebrate 35 years of providing sanctuary for former racehorses, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) is kicking off its 35 sponsors for 35 years horse sponsorship campaign, which launches Monday, May 1. Each day for the month of May, a horse in need of a sponsor will be featured in the media and donors will […]

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The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Celebrates 35 years of Saving Thoroughbred Racehorses

2018 marks the 35th anniversary of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, the world’s largest equine sanctuary.  The mission of the TRF, founded in 1983, is to save Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse and slaughter. TRF has saved more than 5,000 horses, and it currently cares for over […]

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Pikulski to Leave TRF at Month’s End

Diana Pikulski will leave her position as National Director of Major Gifts, Planned Giving and Endowment Development at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at the end of February, the TRF announced today. Pikulski has served in various management roles since the organization’s founding 35 years ago. “The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and its mission have been, and […]

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TRF Online Holiday Auction a Treat for Racing Fans

The  Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation launches Annual Holiday Auction Saratoga Springs, NY – Items celebrating the careers of such Thoroughbred racing legends as Penny Chenery and the iconic Secretariat, as well as collectible items of notable race horses such as Songbird, Miss Temple City and Empire Maker will be offered during the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Third […]

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TRF welcomes new Board Members

The  Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation welcomes new members to the Board of Directors SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to the Board of Directors: Paul H. Saylor, Maggie Wolfendale-Morley, Robert Masiello and Erin Birkenhauer. The Board provides leadership for carrying out the Foundation’s mission […]

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Penny Chenery, a champion for TRF horses

Penny Chenery, a bold innovator and visionary was a cherished friend and founding member of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.  The TRF offers its condolences to her family and its deepest gratitude to Penny for her years of kindness and generosity to the TRF and its horses. Though Secretariat has long since passed, he may now […]

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