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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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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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Pikulski: All horses matter, deserve happiness

By Susan Salk on November 18, 2016 Diana Pikulski’s unwavering commitment to 825 ex-racehorses in the care of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is, in part, an extension of her core belief in the sanctity of animal life, a powerful feeling dating back to childhood and a memory of lamb slaughter. She was 12 years old when she and her family visited […]

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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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Tearful breeder reunited with TRF rescue horse

By Susan Salk on September 30, 2016 Cathy Hartsock rushed into Barn 4 at theThoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s James Riverlocation, found the right stall, and threw her arms around the neck of the copper chestnut gelding she’d been worrying about for years. She began to cry. “I felt like I was seeing one of my children,” […]

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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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Death-farm horse heals the hurt of an inmate

By Susan Salk on September 16, 2016 About a year after Ollie (JC: Oligopolist) was pulled off a Virginia farm with 80 other endangered and starving equines, the chestnut Thoroughbred ex-racehorse whose future was so uncertain then now brings comfort to a prisoner who relates to the animal’s struggle and triumph. “He’s been through a […]

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“Spa Day” for Retired Horses Provided by Equestrian Team

Article originally appeared: http://www.gamecocksonline.com/sports/w-equest/spec-rel/091216aac.html September 12, 2016 The South Carolina Equestrian team is accustomed to taking care of the horses on which they compete, but the Gamecocks paid it forward recently by providing a little tender loving care to retired thoroughbreds housed at the Wateree River Correctional Institution with some serious grooming and bathing of the […]

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