Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

TRF 'Barbecue at the Barn' Returns For 2021

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Barbecue at the Barn returns as an in-person event and will be held at Saratoga Winery Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 5-9 p.m. The event, which sold out in 2019, was held as a drive-thru in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to a meal, the event will feature family-friendly activities, music, raffle and silent auction items, along with book signings by Chris Brown, author of "Roll Cyrus Roll" and award-winning broadcaster and former jockey Donna Brothers, author of "Inside Track." There will also be...

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Seven TRF Locations Accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), which cares for more than 500 retired Thoroughbreds and is the oldest Thoroughbred rescue in the country, has had an additional seven locations accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) after receiving the honor for farms in Florida and Virginia late last year. To achieve accreditation, an organization must meet rigorous equine care requirements, undergo site visits, and adhere to standards regarding sustainability, ethical principles, finances, staffing, and more. The TRF farms newly accredited by GFAS are Blackburn Second Chances, in addition to...

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TRF Chestnut Hill Ribbon-Cutting Tuesday

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and Oldham County Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the TRF's newly minted sanctuary farm, Chestnut Hill, in Prospect, Kentucky, Tuesday beginning at 11 a.m. Chestnut Hill is the permanent home of 11 horses from the organization's national herd of nearly 500 retired Thoroughbred racehorses. Located on nearly 30 acres of historic farmland in Oldham County and featuring a beautiful farmhouse restored to serve as an event venue, Chestnut Hall has been created for the express purpose of connecting Thoroughbred horses to the...

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Visit Horse Country Adds TRF Farm to its Membership

The board of directors of Horse Country voted unanimously to add the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Chestnut Hall facility in Prospect, Kentucky to its membership roster. "Since our first tours in 2015, the members of our not-for-profit organization have opened their gates to more than 150,000 leisure travelers, fans, clubs and schools in service of our mission of fan development for racing and equine sport," said Anne Sabatino Hardy, executive director of Horse Country. "Aftercare is a critical part of the story of racing and experiential storytelling is an effective and...

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Quick Call to Be Laid to Rest at Saratoga's Clare Court

This week, the New York Racing Association will bury the ashes of Saratoga legend Quick Call at Clare Court, the bucolic, half-mile jogging track located behind the track's seven-furlong chute named in honor of former Saratoga track superintendent Anne Clare. An unveiling of the memorial will be scheduled in July, along with a Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation event to celebrate his life in coordination with the running of the GIII Quick Call S. on Opening Day, July 15. After winning nine of his 17 starts from 1986 to 1991 at the Spa,...

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TRF to Open Chestnut Hall, a New Sanctuary Farm Near Louisville

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) will open a first-of-its kind farm designed to give the Louisville community and fans from around the world a direct connection to the horses at the heart of horse racing. The new TRF Sanctuary Farm at Chestnut Hall will be the permanent home of 11 horses from the organization's national herd of 500 retired Thoroughbred racehorses. These "herd ambassadors" will serve as educators to tell the story of the long life and diverse second careers that await these equine athletes when their racing days are...

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TRF Recipient of 500 Equine Vaccines

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has been gifted more than 500 essential equine vaccines from Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. The vaccines will be used to innoculate retired horses in the TRF's care. "Helping organizations like the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is at the core of what we do," said Steve Boren, vice president of the U.S. livestock and equine businesses at Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. "We are honored to support an organization that makes a difference in the lives of horses." According to TRF board member Anita Motion, TRF is working...

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Virtual TRF Second Chances Exhibit Premiers on Monday

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), in collaboration with the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum, will host a live-streaming, virtual exhibit premier on Monday, Mar. 22 from 6:00-6:30 p.m. ET to debut the "Saving Horses, Saving Lives, A Celebration--Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Exhibit," a new addition to the museum. "It is extremely important to tell the story of the important work that the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is doing not only in South Carolina, but all over the country," said Lisa Hall, the Museum Coordinator at the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing...

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TRF Launches Partnership with Dept. of Juvenile Justice in Ocala

Building on more than 35 years of experience "Saving Horses and Saving Lives" in partnership with Correctional Facilities across the United States, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has established its first-ever partnership with a Department of Juvenile Justice program. Presented as a live-streaming launch event, the TRF and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice will introduce the new equine program, TRF Second Chances Juvenile Program at CSI-Ocala, to a national audience Feb. 23. The event will feature remarks from the Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and include...

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Farrier Fund Theme of TRF's Giving Tuesday Campaign

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) is encouraging their supporters to join them online on Dec. 1, for #GivingTuesday. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely-recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. "The Hoof makes the Horse" focuses on the important TRF Farrier Fund. The TRF is asking their supporters to help them reach their #Hoofgoals of $15,000 to help offset the costs of approximately 3 months of hoof care for the 500...

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TRF Elects Three New Board Members

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation has announced the election of Anita Motion, John B. Cannie, Esq., and Sarah Stein to the organization's Board of Directors. The TRF Board provides leadership for carrying out the Foundation's mission to save Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse, and slaughter. "On behalf of the TRF Board of Directors, I warmly welcome Anita, John and Sarah" shared Patrick H. Mackay, Chairman of the Board. "Each of them is a valuable addition to the TRF's leadership. We appreciate the...

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TRF Launches '20 Hay Drive Challenge with $60K Matched Donation

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) announced the launch of its 2020 Hay Drive challenge--Hay, Oats and Water with a $60,000 matching gift from the Santulli Family Foundation. The Santulli's will match every dollar donated to the TRF up to $60,000 for this campaign. The TRF's goal for the 2020 Hay Drive is $120,000 to cover the cost of hay for hundreds of former racehorses. The TRF is in its 37th year of providing sanctuary, retirement and second chances for Thoroughbreds no longer able to compete on the racetrack. The campaign...

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