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Putnamville Correctional Facility

Across the lush, rolling, green hills of Putnam County, Indiana, gallop a herd of beautiful, thoroughbred, race horses. In June 2007, the Putnamville Correctional Facility received its’ first six horses from Kentucky marking the beginning of the first Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Program in the State of Indiana.


Program Coordinator Terri Russ

Program Coordinator Terri Russ

The partnership between TRF and the Putnamville Correctional Facility affords race horses that are retired from racing, a new career, rehabilitation, and retraining that has subsequently lead to private adoption and, provides an Equine Management Program for offenders. In exchange for the use of land, labor and certain materials at the site, the Facility designed, staffed, and maintains the Equine Management Program that provides classroom instruction based on the Groom Elite curriculum, allows the offenders the opportunity to hone newly acquired skills.

The picturesque stables that the horses now call home was once an old dilapidated barn. Fallen trees on facility grounds were cut and processed at the facility’s lumber mill and used to build the stables. The renovation of the barn was the cumulative effort of offenders assigned to the facility’s Lumber Mill, Building Trades, and Farm Line work programs.

The TRF Program provides an opportunity for offenders to learn marketable job skills, provides a venue for them to learn responsibility and to take pride in caring for something other than themselves. It is the intent that these attributes will carry over into their family relationships and enable them to become better fathers and productive members of society.

Video of the program 


Putnamville Second Chances News

Inmates find hope in work with retired racehorses

Story originally appeared in the Indy Star Matthew Ziliak doesn’t like to be messed with. Neither does Aly’s Wildcat, a retired racehorse that Ziliak helps care for on a western Indiana farm. “He’s the biggest one out here, and he doesn’t like being messed with,” said Ziliak of Aly’s Wildcat. “He kind of reminded me […]

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