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You Can Help - Thoroughbred Retirement FoundationThoroughbred Retirement Foundation

You Can Help

Make A Gift

Most Thoroughbred rescues retrain and adopt out horses for a fee, but the TRF focuses our primary efforts on horses who are best suited to a life at pasture. Many of these horses are teachers in our correctional facility-based vocational training programs. Through this program incarcerated men and women learn compassion, responsibility, and a useful trade, while the horses receive quality care. The TRF receives no government funding and there are no rules requiring the racing industry to support its retirees.  Our Thoroughbreds are 100% dependent on the generosity of donors like you.

Sponsor a Horse

At the TRF, all horses are given permanent, dignified retirement for the rest of their lives; and that is where YOU come in.  Horse sponsors choose an available horse and receive a certificate and periodic updates about how the horse is doing. Sponsors may also get an opportunity to visit their horse as location rules and regulations allow. 

Sanctuary Guardian

The majority of our retired thoroughbreds are going to be with us for the rest of their lives, which means they can call the TRF home for 20-30 years. By becoming a monthly donor with any automatic gift of $15 or more, you are creating a sustainable financial foundation for the care of our retired horses. Sanctuary Guardians receive a monthly email spotlighting one of our horses.

Tribute Gifts

A tribute gift is a meaningful way to convey sympathy to the bereaved, memorialize a loved one, commemorate a special occasion or celebrate a person’s life and accomplishments. Your gift to the TRF made in honor or memory of this special person ensures a legacy that extends far into the future.

Hay Drive

Did you know our herd of horses eats about 3 million pounds of hay each year? Hay is one of our largest annual expenses and your support of the Hay Drive is essential to continuing our mission!

Promised Road Society

When you choose to remember the TRF in your estate plans, the TRF will recognize your commitment and generosity by including you in the Promised Road Society. By including the TRF in your future plans, you honor the TRF’s first retiree, Promised Road, all the horses that follow him. Your future gift is a promised road; it is a pledge to the horses that their road through retirement will be safe, compassionate, and filled with love.

Blackburn Fund

Contribute to the care of the horses that reside at the TRF Second Chances Program at Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington, KY, currently home to over 50 rescued and retired Thoroughbred racehorses. The “Blackburn Fund” was established to celebrate the extraordinary service of Ms. Linda Dyer to the horses and inmates in the TRF Second Chances Program at Blackburn upon her retirement.

In Kind Donations

Our horses will happily accept donations of any items, whether they be an outgrown blanket or a shiny new halter. The herd is always in need of grooming, medical, and barn supplies. Your in-kind donation is tax deductible and will directly help a horse in our herd! 

Checkoff at Foal Registration

Since 2009, The Jockey Club has administered a program allowing owners and breeders to contribute to Thoroughbred aftercare programs when they register their foals. Checkoff proceeds are shared between the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and Thoroughbred Charities of America. The TRF’s funds are designated specifically for its vocational training at correctional facilities. For more information about the checkoff program, please visit the Jockey Club Registry Page or call (800) 444-8521.

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The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation could not exist without a network of volunteers to help keep our programs runningTRF volunteers are from all over the country. And while horse experience is always a plus, many people volunteer to help with fundraising activities and administrative work. Volunteering for the TRF is a fun and rewarding experience. Complete our form here to get started!

Send Us Your Story

If you have adopted, sponsored or fostered  a TRF horse, or have experienced any part of our life changing TRF Second Chances Program and have a story to share, please let us know! We’d love to share your story with our community.