Friday, October 29th 2021                                                                 

Contact: Jessica Paquette

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                          


Photo Courtesy of Eclipse Partners

Saratoga Springs, NY   – The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Kelsey Marshall Hughes to the organization’s Board of Directors. The TRF board provides leadership for carrying out the Foundation’s mission to provide sanctuary for retired racehorses no longer able to compete on the racetrack and to save them from possible neglect, abuse and slaughter.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Kelsey for a number of years and am thrilled that she has agreed to serve on our Board,” said Patrick Mackay, President and Chairman of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. “She is totally committed to Thoroughbred Aftercare and the TRF is extremely lucky to have someone of her caliber furthering our mission.”

Kelsey Marshall Hughes is the Vice President of Partner Relations for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and lives in New York. She was honored with the Katherine McKee Administration Award sponsored by Keeneland as part of the 2021 Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards.

“I am honored to join the board of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation which holds the same values and commitment to aftercare that I feel so strongly about,” said Hughes. “Taking care of our equine athletes after their racing career is over is of the utmost importance and I am happy to give back to the industry that has given so much to me.”


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 lifelong sanctuary to retired Thoroughbreds throughout their lifetime.

Best known for its pioneering TRF Second Chances program, the organization provides incarcerated individuals with life-changing vocational training through its 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.  The TRF Second Chances Program at the Wallkill Correctional Facility provides a home for 40 retired Thoroughbred racehorses and has been changing the lives of returning citizens for nearly forty years.

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