Once the TRF mission of horses helping people and people helping horses was established in New York at the Wallkill Correctional Facility, it was only natural that the prison farm program would spread to the place where the horse is king, the great state of Kentucky.

In 1999, the TRF opened a farm at the Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington. Shortly before the first TRF horses arrived, an old dairy barn was converted to accommodate the horses. Today, it is one of our largest Second Chances farms, with about 50 horses living out their retirement years on 100 acres of prime Kentucky bluegrass at the state’s largest minimum security prison. Just as has happened at the other farms at correctional facilities, the inmates and the horses at Blackburn have become close friends.


Click here to read about the Blackburn Fund – launched May 2019 to honor TRF Second Chances Farm Manager, Linda Dyer.

Recent media coverage of the TRF Second Chances Program at Blackburn Correctional Facility:

WVTQ: Program Gives Inmates and Horses a Second Chance