Another facility in the heart of horse country, the TRF farm at the Lowell Correctional Facility in Ocala opened in 2001 and is the home to about 45 horses. The farm is home to two prominent horses, Carterista and Val’s Prince, both of whom were graded stakes winners on the grass. Val’s Prince is a three-time Grade I stakes winner. They’re special, but so are all the horses at Lowell.
“We are providing good character-building inmate training, and a haven to these once heroes of the track,” said Florida Secretary of Corrections Michael W. Moore when announcing the opening of facility.
He could not have been more right. The horses bask in the warmth of Florida’s perpetual sunshine and the inmates are learning skills that can be put to use upon their release.
In five months, an inmate, J.T. says she has learned “more about horses than I thought there was to know. I really like them.” Caring for the horses has changed her life’s direction, and J.T. hopes to work at a track or a horse farm.