TRF Herd Inspections to Continue with Funding from Board Member

by | 03.23.2011 | 9:10am

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.

TRF officials grew concerned when reports prepared by Huntington on roughly 700 horses were supplied to a reporter with the New York Times before the foundation had an opportunity to see them. TRF officers also heard comments from some farm managers and a deputy sheriff in Oklahoma that Huntington may have a personal agenda.

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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