The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation has been in operation for more than two decades with the objective of saving thoroughbred horses who can no longer compete and are faced with possible abuse, neglect or slaughter. Throughout the years, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation has made homes available for many racehorses who've come to the end of their racing careers.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation brings to the attention of the public a very real and often unknown truth of what awaits thoroughbred horses who can no longer race. Known as the Sport of Kings, many assume that racehorses that are retired go on to live in the lap of luxury and care. Sadly, this is not the case for large numbers of thoroughbreds every year. Many racehorse owners only have sufficient resources to care for one thoroughbred race horse at a time and only if it is earning its keep. As such, large numbers of racehorses face the slaughterhouse at the end of their careers. It is the aim of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation to offers these hard-working thoroughbreds a bright future.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) was established in 1982. By 1984 its first retiree, Promised Road, arrived. At this time he was relatively unknown 9 year old racehorse. Since that time, there have been hundreds of thoroughbred racehorses who have benefited from TRF's care and love. The foundation has grown into a highly respected charity throughout the world. A number of exciting programs and fund-raising activities have been instituted by the foundation in an effort to help these outstanding creatures retire with dignity. Whilst a percentage of TRF's retirees simply live out their days in relaxation, a number of steeds have been trained as polo horses, show jumpers, companion horses and so forth.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation has introduced a brilliant program in association with the State of New York Department of Correctional Services at Walkill Correctional Facility. A completely unique prison program which introduces inmates to equine care through vocational training. Several former inmates have gone on to become fully adjusted and productive citizens after engaging in this equine program. This outstanding program has also been brought to TRF Farms at Marion County Correctional Facility, Blackburn Correctional Facility and Charles H. Hickey School (for young offenders). TRF still requires much assistance from caring individuals. Donations made are always put to good use in changing the fates of many racehorses.