The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation will continue the inspection of its entire herd of more than 1,100 horses without the financial support of the executors of Paul Mellon's estate. The two Mellon trustees pulled their funding from the project when the TRF asked farms where its retired Thoroughbreds are kept to deny further access to Stacey Huntington, a Missouri veterinarian retained by the Mellon estate to inspect the herd.
A Herd Management Committee, chaired by New York horse owner John Moore and assisted by veterinary surgeon Patty Hogan and Leslie Priggen, is in the process of identifying independent veterinarians to complete the inspections and visit many of the farms previously seen by Huntington. The venture is being funded through a donation by John Rainey, a TRF board member.
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