Welcome to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is the oldest and largest equine sanctuary of its kind in the world. It was founded with one purpose in mind -- to save Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse, and slaughter. The James River chapter was founded in 2007 as one of the Second Chances programs where horses live at correctional centers. At James River Work Center offenders care for the horses and become certified in the nationally acclaimed Groom Elite program in the process. The horses here are assured a lifetime of care with the opportunity to be adopted out if suited. Our success stories confirm that our program is horses helping people, people helping horses.

This video by Washington Post reporter, Alice Li, shows what the James River program has meant to some of the men who have been part of this Second Chances program. Click For Video

Maggie Phipps, from the 4H group Huguenot Show Hunters, presented $250 that the girls had raised to Jennifer Ernst and Anne Tucker to be used toward the care of Jonathon's Gal (JG). Jason had JG looking her best for the presentation.

Delegate Peter Farrell, who represents Goochland, Louisa and Henrico, presented a General Assembly resolution commending the TRF's Second Chances program at the James River Work Center during the spring Open Barn. Accepting the resolution are chapter president, Stephanie Nixon, past-president, Robin Williams, and Dr. Tom Newton.

Covert Action is showing extreme interest in the check being presented to Anne Tucker by Lisa Pumphrey of Lickinghole Creek Brewery. A nice donation was made to the James River chapter from the proceeds of the Kentucky Derby party held at the brewery. Fearnought, the beer made especially for this party and named for the famous Colonial-era sire, was a big hit and is still available at the brewery.

The Spring Open Barn on Sunday, April 26, was full of inspiration and positive energy as visitors heard from the men about what the horses and the program have meant to them. Janet Herter, CFO of TRF, traveled from Saratoga Springs, NY, to share an apple with Decathlete and meet the many volunteers who make this program so successful. We thank everyone for sharing the beautiful day with us.

Toasty makes a new friend at the Spring Open Barn held on April 26, 2015. It was a wonderful day for the horses and the men, who love to greet so many visitors.

   Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Featured in the "The Wound and the Gift"   

Our program was featured in a film recently, The Wound and the Gift, stories about what rescued animals give back to us. Enjoy this three minute clip from the film.

To view the clip go to The Wound and the Gift TRF Clip

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Save your Southern States Proofs of Purchase

Don't forget to save your Southern States Proofs of Purchase to help support our horses. You may send them to us at P.O. Box 112, Crozier, VA 23039 or e-mail us at statefarmhorses@aol.com and we will arrange to pick them up. You may even schedule a visit if you would like to bring them to us and see the horses.

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The TRF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded entirely by donations from the general public,
private grant sources and the Thoroughbred racing industry. All contributions are fully tax deductible.
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