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Dr. Stowe Burke, DVM Joins Board of Directors of The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation


Saratoga Springs, NY – September 18, 2023 – The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Stowe Burke, DVM, to its esteemed Board of Directors.

Dr. Burke, a native of Saratoga Springs, brings a wealth of knowledge and a lifelong passion for equine care and horsemanship to his role on the board. A distinguished graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Burke’s journey in the world of equine medicine has been deeply influenced by his family’s legacy.

His late grandfather, Robert J. “Bobby” Burke (1925-2017), was a renowned figure in the world of horse racing and horsemanship. Bobby Burke’s commitment to the well-being of horses left an indelible mark on Dr. Stowe Burke, nurturing his profound love for horses and inspiring him to dedicate his career to their health and welfare.

Dr. Stowe Burke is the proud owner of Burke Equine Therapy, a Saratoga Springs-based practice that specializes in providing advanced veterinary care and therapeutic services to horses. His expertise and dedication to equine well-being have made him a trusted figure within the equine community, both locally and beyond. As a new member of the TRF Board of Directors, Dr. Burke’s unique perspective and professional insights will play a pivotal role in advancing the organization’s mission.

“I am deeply honored to join the Board of Directors at TRF,” said Dr. Stowe Burke. “My lifelong passion for horses, has guided my career path, and I am thrilled to contribute to an organization that shares my dedication to the welfare of these magnificent animals.”

TRF Executive Director Kelly Armer, expressed her excitement at Dr. Burke’s appointment: “Stowe’s exceptional background and commitment to equine care make him a valuable addition to our board. We are confident that his expertise will further enhance our ability to provide loving homes and second chances to retired Thoroughbred racehorses.”

For more information about The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, its mission, and its programs, please visit


About TRF: Founded in 1983, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is a national organization devoted to saving Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete at the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse, and slaughter. As the oldest Thoroughbred rescue in the country, the TRF provides sanctuary to retired Thoroughbreds throughout their entire lifetime.

Best known for its pioneering Second Chances Program, the organization provides incarcerated individuals with life-changing vocational training through an accredited equine care and stable management program. At eight correctional facilities across the US, including one juvenile justice facility, this program offers second careers to its horses and a second chance at life for program graduates upon release from prison.