Central Maryland Correctional Facility, Sykesville
On May 14, 2009 the TRF Second Chances Farm at Central Maryland Correctional Facility opened their barn doors to receive its first three retired/rescued thoroughbred race horses. This unique program is possible because of a partnership between DPSCS and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF).
The farm is the first program of its kind to be taught in the state of Maryland. Secretary Gary D. Maynard spearheaded similar programs in other states throughout his various careers within corrections. The partnership not only benefits the horses, but also the offenders who work at the site. There are infinite opportunities for program expansion to include things such as therapeutic and community outreach initiatives.
About the Program
As a Public Safety Works program, Second Chances Farm is a restorative justice tool that DPSCS hopes to utilize to give our offender population work skills while also teaching compassion through the care of a living animal. The project began in 2008 with the resurrection of a dilapidated barn and surrounding grounds near our Central Maryland Correctional Facility in Sykesville, MD by offenders in our pre-release system and Maryland Correctional Enterprises.
Meet the Manager
Sarah Stein has been riding horses all her life. She grew up in Montgomery County but has lived in the Baltimore area since 1992. Sarah grew up showing ponies, and was introduced to foxhunting at a young age through her mother’s love of the sport.
In 1993, Sarah was introduced to the world of Steeplechase and she remained an active part of the sport until 2010. Sarah worked for Jack Fisher and as assistant trainer to Ann Stewart. She was lucky enough to help Ann train Hunt Cup winners Swayo and Askim, as well as Steeplechase star Incomplete. Sarah was the barn manager at the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club for 10 years. Sarah has traveled to many places in the world working with horses such as Mongolia and New Zealand. The TRF Second Chances Program here in Sykesville, MD is where inmates learn about horse care and the horse industry throughout a six month period. Some of the graduates have gone on work at the racetrack.
All aspects of this program have been funded by the generosity of private donations to TRF.