Second Chances

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Hosting Nov. 6 Horse Show At Blackburn Correctional Complex

On November 6, 2019 the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) will celebrate the twentieth year of the national organization’s internationally acclaimed Second Chances Program implementation at the Blackburn Correctional Complex. The TRF-Blackburn 20th Anniversary Horse Show will shine the spotlight on the extraordinary two-decade long partnership between the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) and the Blackburn Correctional […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: Second Chances Shows ‘You Still Can Be Trusted’

It seems fitting that the Abundant Life Chapel sits not far from the pastoral setting where inmates work in the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances Program at Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington, Ky. The program is all about life, extending the lives of retired Thoroughbreds who might otherwise have met awful ends while restoring hope […]

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TRF Says Goodbye To Longtime Resident Quick Call

Quick Call was humanely euthanized on Tuesday, October 8 at the age of 35 due to the infirmities of old age. Foaled in 1984, Quick Call was the oldest horse in the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s herd of 650 horses. In his lifetime he was a successful racehorse, then a riding horse and finally arrived at […]

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Saratoga’s Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Fundraiser Set For Aug. 20

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s [TRF] BBQ At The Barn fundraiser is slated for Tuesday, August 20 from 6-9 p.m. at The Saratoga Winery located on Route 29 in Saratoga Springs. The TRF, now in its 36th year, is the world’s largest equine sanctuary. Founded in 1983, the TRF cares for horses retired from racing with […]

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TRF Star Quick Call Honored On Opening Weekend At Saratoga

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) will participate in the opening day celebrations at Saratoga Race Course on July 11, 2019 at the NYRA Community Booth.  TRF will be honoring Quick Call, a much-loved TRF retiree and herd ambassador, who was known at Saratoga as the ‘horse for the course’ and who celebrated his 35th birthday […]

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‘Hay, Oats & Spaghetti’: TRF’s Annual Saratoga Event Scheduled For July 23

“Hay, Oats & Spaghetti,” the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s popular kickoff party to the Saratoga racing season, will celebrate its sixth anniversary in a new location – the Saratoga Automobile Museum – on Monday, July 23. Located next to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in the Saratoga State Park, the Automobile Museum provides a bigger venue […]

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Retired Racehorses Teach Inmates Valuable Lessons

The original purpose of the horse program at Wallkill Correctional Facility was to teach inmates horsemanship skills to inmates who would be looking for jobs upon release from the facility. However, as written in the Albany Herald, “The program called Second Chances ostensibly teaches horse grooming and feeding, and while few released inmates have taken […]

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Virginia TRF partnership helps horses… and inmates

Richmond Magazine profiles Virginia’s Second Chances program, a joint venture between the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and the state’s Department of Corrections.  Prison inmates, who must meet strict guidelines to participate, learn to care for retired racehorses as a method of rehabilitation to prevent them from returning to prison once they get out. Tamio Holmes is […]

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