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TRF Saratoga Summer Farm

Meeting the TRF rescued Thoroughbred Ambassadors


  • Heading for Home Farm
  • 683 Route 29 East (Lake Ave) 
  • Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
  • Link for Directions
  • Please note that visitors should follow the split driveway to the right and drive around the back to the Cherry Tree Arena, at the red barn.

Interested in Volunteering?       CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE OUR FORM

Open Barn Schedule:  Tuesdays during the Saratoga Meet 5:00 – 8:00pm. No Cost to Attend (Donations welcome)

  • July 10 – Call to Post!
  • July 23 – Open Barn (Media Day)
  • July 30 – Open Barn “Welcome Back Thoroughbreds!”
  • Aug 6 – Open Barn “Meet the Herd Ambassadors!”
  • Aug 13 – Open Barn “Thoroughbred Discovery Day!” (Family Day)
  • Aug 27 – Open Barn “Meet the Jockeys!”

August 20th: SAVE THE DATE

Grab your dancin’ boots and join us for our first TRF Summer Night BBQ at the Barn!

Join us for casual evening of FUNdraising with food, music, dancing, games, basket raffles, wine and beer samplings! Sponsorships are available!

About the TRF Summer Farm

Saratoga is the summer place to be, and again this year the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) will choose five of their rescued Thoroughbred racehorses to reside at the TRF Saratoga Summer Farm for the 2019 racing season. These equine “Ambassadors” will represent the organization’s herd of 650 former racehorses to whom the TRF provides lifelong sanctuary through the network of farms located across the United States.

The Thoroughbreds come to Saratoga from the TRF’s Second Chances program at the Wallkill Correctional Facility in New York, one of seven national TRF vocational programs.  The herd will be located at the Heading for Home facility just a few miles east of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) national headquarters.

TRF is extremely excited about the 2019 opening of the TRF Summer Farm here in Saratoga Springs, NY. The Thoroughbred’s presence and related programs will introduce and reinforce the TRF organization and mission to the racing community, racing fans and the general public in raising awareness of the critical need and importance of Thoroughbred aftercare.

Last year’s pilot program was very successful with visits and equine interactions by senior citizen groups, families, children’s groups and racing fans. In 2019 plans, we look forward to expanding awareness via educational programs, creative events and interaction with our noble thoroughbreds.

To accomplish this, we have developed a series of “Open Barn” programs designed to be educational, interactive and suitable for all ages.  TRF staff and volunteers enthusiastically devote time to supporting educational programs, equine therapy visits and fundraising events.

The TRF Summer Farm will be open Tuesdays, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, during racing season for visitors and groups to meet the retired racehorses and explore the facilities. This is a perfect opportunity for new friends and longtime supporters of the TRF to visit the horses throughout the summer racing season.

A Powerful Partnership: TRF & Heading for Home

The TRF is delighted to partner with Heading for Home, our Summer Farm hosts. Heading for Home is a racehorse rescue and retraining facility for both Standardbred and Thoroughbred racehorses. This partnership formed as a result of a collaboration with Racehorse Aftercare Charitable Endeavors of Saratoga (R.A.C.E.). Heading for Home Race Horse Retraining and Adoption Center is an equine welfare organization through which passionate individuals demonstrate their concern for retired racehorses and individuals and families in need. At Heading for Home we are dedicated to the promotion of viable alternatives for Thoroughbred and Standardbred race horses upon retirement. Recognizing their valuable contribution to our entertainment and our community, Heading for Home believes that retiring race horses deserve the chance to be productive after their competing years are over. This can be accomplished through training, rehabilitation, adoption and advocacy.

For more information or to schedule a private, group or media visit to the TRF Saratoga Summer Farm, please sign up online or call TRF at (518) 226-0028.  Because the farm is a private venue, unscheduled visits are not allowed.

Private Group Educational Visits (by request only):

With adequate planning time, the TRF welcomes the opportunity to share our horses with special groups like seniors and children who wish to learn about retired racehorses. To request a private visit and program, please complete our visit request form. A member of our staff will reply promptly and work to find a suitable date and appropriate educational program for your group. There is no fee for these private visits, but availability is limited and donations for the horses are always welcome.

Please note that visitors should follow the split driveway to the right and drive around the back to the Cherry Tree Arena, at the red barn.