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Penny Chenery, a champion for TRF horses

Penny Chenery, a bold innovator and visionary was a cherished friend and founding member of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.  The TRF offers its condolences to her family and its deepest gratitude to Penny for her years of kindness and generosity to the TRF and its horses. Though Secretariat has long since passed, he may now […]

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TRF Says Goodbye to The Optimist

Saratoga Springs, NY – The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation sadly said goodbye to The Optimist, age 29, (Horatius – More Memories, by Buffalo Lark) last week on the eve of his 22nd anniversary at the TRF.  The Optimist passed away peacefully due the infirmities of old age. His caretaker of 22 years, Andre Wheeler, was at […]

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TRF Receives Gift to Cover Annual Farrier Expenses

The Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation has donated $85,000 to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Farrier Fund to cover the organization’s 2017 hoof-care expenses.  The TRF established the Farrier Fund in 2015. “Hoof maintenance is especially important for off-track Thoroughbreds and is one of our single largest expenses,” remarked Sara Davenport, TRF’s herd manager. “Our horses are […]

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Mercer County Rescue Update

By Fran LaBelle It never ceases to amaze how quickly mistreated horses can make a full comeback with patience, care and a whole lot of love. This has been true ever since the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation launched its Second Chances Program at the Wallkill Correctional Facility in New York back in 1984. That program has […]

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When Reggi Met Shelby

By Francis LaBelle As part of its mission, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation encourages anyone who has made a living or derived enjoyment from Thoroughbred horses to consider what happens to these animals when they are through racing. Owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys, racetrack administrators, exercise riders, grooms, hotwalkers, veterinarians, blacksmiths, horse transport and farm personnel and, […]

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TRF partners with MARE Center on major study

By Bridgett McIntosh and Katie Kaufman Article originally appeared in Middleburg Life Virginia’s lush green pastures are more than just a picturesque backdrop to horse and hunt country. Researchers at Virginia Tech’s Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension (MARE) Center are studying the link between the environment, the pasture and the horse to unveil the mysteries […]

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Derby winning team keeps promise to help OTTB

By Susan Salk on November 4, 2016 Making good on a promise to help an unremarkable racehorse who once passed through the hands of Kentucky Derby winning trainer Graham Motion, a staffer of the famous horseman worked tirelessly to secure a sanctuary home at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation for a sweet gelding who’d run out […]

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TRF fetes top OTTB foxhunter at Piedmont

By Susan Salk on October 13, 2016 A bold, bay Thoroughbred who cut an impressive figure on the Virginia foxhunting scene took home the first TRF Second Chances Challenge Trophy last weekend at the Piedmont Fox Hounds Hunter Trials. The elegant OTTB General Skye, 11, and his owner/rider Brian Jarvis were judged to be the […]

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Sovereign Kit Euthanized at 19 

Lexington, KY – September 21, 2016 – Sovereign Kit, one of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s only stallions, was euthanized last week due to complications from colic. He was 19 years old. An Argentinean bred Thoroughbred; Sovereign Kit began his career in Argentina before making his way to the New York circuit. Sovereign Kit went to […]

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Mercer County Horses Thriving at TRF

By Sue Finley Two months after being rescued from a dire neglect case in Mercer County on a farm leased by trainer Maria Borell and her father, the six horses entrusted to the inmates at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Blackburn Correctional Facility are thriving. While many of them still have months to go in their […]

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