Founded in 1982 to provide a well-deserved humane retirement for Thoroughbred racehorses at the end of their
track careers, the nonprofit TRF has evolved to become an innovative, forward-looking organization with far-reaching
benefits to everyone involved.
Since Promised Road limped off the van in 1984, hundreds of horses whose whose lives were in jeopardy have found
safety with the TRF. Some are champions whose distinguished careers could not protect them from a last trip
to a slaughterhouse. Others are just hard-knocking racehorses who did their best and then had nowhere to go.
-Banker's Jet, a winner of nearly $700,000, was starving
to death when the TRF found him alone, unattended,
and ankle-deep in a muddy quagmire.
-Renaissance Bob was destined for the slaughterhouse when his benefactors bought him back from the "killers"
in order to retire him with the TRF.
-The celebrated Creme de la Fete won more races than the legendary John Henry.
-Sir Prize Birthday was retired at 12 after finishing in the
money in 109 of 206 starts.
Very soon after the TRF's formation as a
horse rescue organization, it became evident that rescuing horses would also
set the lives of their caretakers on a new track.
At the TRF's inaugural retirement facility on a state-owned farm adjacent to the
Wallkill Correctional Facility in upstate New York, the bonds forged between the
TRF's needy horses and the inmates give a new start in life to both the men and
Besides learning marketable skills in the TRF's pioneering, state-accredited vocational training course in horse care and
management, the men develop responsibility, pride, and self-esteem -- life skills that are reflected in the
glowing condition and spirited affection of the horses in their care.
The TRF program at the Charles H. Hickey, Jr. School in Baltimore, developed in cooperation with the Maryland
Department of Juvenile Services, is working its magic with youngsters. The pride and responsibility the youths develop
through caring for the horses often inspires them to continue their educations, and they return to the community as
Funding the mission
The TRF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit tax-exempt organization entirely dependent on public contributions. Officers and the
board give voluntarily and prodigiously of their time, skills, and professional expertise to administer the program. Only
the executive director, farm managers, and a skeletal office staff are salaried.
Unlike many charitable organizations, the TRF is able to spend virtually every penny of every dollar donated directly
on the program.
Income is derived from modest but regular donations from many thousands of racing fans who believe racehorses
deserve better than a painful trip to the slaughterhouse when their track careers are over and on the larger gifts of
wealthier supporters. Your gift can make a difference to a
horse in jeopardy.
Board volunteers also plan and administer the TRF's fundraising events, which include auctions of racing
memorabilia, stallion seasons, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences; the popular annual Pet Parade for Dogs Only
each summer at the Saratoga meet.
And some of those closest to the program--the student-inmates who care for the horses--make contributions
from their limited resources.
counts, click on the above links or send your contributions to the address
listed above and help be part of the building of a retirement
program that will give our thoroughbred's what they so richly
AND PEACEFUL RETIREMENT. Give Today.