March 2021                                                                                                                  Contact: Jessica Paquette

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                          

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health work together to provide vaccines for thousands of horses in need

Louisville, KY (March 31st 2021)–  The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation announced today that it has received more than 500 essential equine vaccines from Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. These vaccines will be used on retired Thoroughbred racehorses in the care of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), the oldest and largest aftercare organization for retired Thoroughbreds in the United States.

“Helping organizations like the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is at the core of what we do at Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health,” said Steve Boren, Vice President of the U.S. Livestock and Equine businesses at Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. “We are honored to support an organization that makes a difference in the lives of horses.”

As a global leader in equine health, Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to equine research and giving back to help communities understand, diagnose and prevent disease

“Equine veterinarians are one-of-a-kind caregivers who put the health and welfare of the horse above everything else,” Boren said. “We wanted to thank them for their passion and devotion both today and every day.”

“As soon as the TRF Team connected with the Boehringer Ingelheim equine team and realized the impact that their generous gift could make on our herd of TRF horses, we began connecting the team at Boehringer Ingelheim with our colleagues in the world of equine therapy and Thoroughbred aftercare,” said Anita Motion, TRF Board Member. “Our goal was to ensure that as many horses as possible benefit from this donation.  We are so pleased to have played a part in extending Boehringer Ingelheim’s gesture beyond our herd of 500 to thousands of other deserving horses in the care of charities across the United States.”


About the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

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 sanctuary to retired Thoroughbreds throughout their lifetime.

Best known for its pioneering TRF Second Chances program, the organization provides incarcerated individuals with vocational training through its accredited equine care and stable management program. At seven correctional facilities and one new juvenile justice facility, this nationwide program offers second careers to its horses and a second chance at life for individuals upon release from these correctional programs.  TRF cares for 500 rescued and retired Thoroughbreds at Second Chances prison farms and Sanctuary Farms across the country. The organization is funded entirely by private donations. The TRF is accredited by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and has a Platinum rating with Guide Star.

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