For Immediate Release

Contact: Jessica Paquette

Saratoga Springs, NY   –  One of the most anticipated events of the summer, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Barbeque at the Barn, has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 23rd from 5:00-9:00 p.m. and will again be held at the beautiful Saratoga Winery. The event has annually sold out.  

In addition to a delicious meal, the event will feature family friendly activities, music, raffle and silent auction items along with special guest appearances from racing celebrities including Maggie Wolfendale Morley, Acacia Courtney, Ramon Dominguez and more as well as a few special equine guests.  

“This event is a celebration of a summer of horses and friendship in Saratoga,” said Kim Weir, Director of Major Gifts and Planning for the TRF, “We are looking forward to seeing so many friends of the herd join us to support our mission to save horses and change lives.” 

Early sponsors of the annual event include Five College Movers, Churchill Downs, Druthers Brewing Co., Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Lazy Dog Cookie Co., the New York Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, the Walter Borisenok Family Foundation, Glen Hill Farm and more. There are several levels of sponsorship still available.

Tickets are available at at a special advance price of $45 each until August 1 at which point the price increases to $50 per ticket. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door the day of the event.  

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) will partner the New York Racing Association (NYRA) on Sunday, July 17 for the Quick Call Stakes presented by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. The stakes race honors Quick Call, a multiple graded stakes winner who retired to the TRF’s Second Chances program at Wallkill Correctional Facility where he made a significant impact on the lives of the incarcerated men that cared for him. 


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 Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington, Kentucky provides a home for as many as 60 retired Thoroughbred racehorses and has been changing the lives of returning citizens for more than twenty years. 

The TRF cares for nearly 450 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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