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.

SPRING OPEN BARN FROM 10-2 ON SUNDAY, APRIL 27

Visitors from the Maryland Second Chances program and the national director of development for Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, Linda Passeretti, will be in attendance, along with our many volunteers and sponsors. See some of our horses available for adoption and hear what our sponsors have to say about visiting their horses and getting to know the men. We look forward to seeing you!

Annual Kentucky Derby Party

The jockey girls will be waiting to take your bets at The Wine Loft in West Broad Village on Saturday, May 3, at the annual Kentucky Derby Party from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hors D'oervres, wine and mint juleps will be plentiful. There will also be Derby hat contests and a $1000 cash raffle. Tickets are $65 per person and may be ordered by sending a check payable to TRF at James River to Stephanie Nixon at P.O.Box 531, Ashland, VA 23005. Phone 804-798-5752 for information, including sponsorship opportunities.

Horses For Adoption, Sponsoring

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Pleasure Horses
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TRF at James River Program

The Second Chances program at the James River Work Center was the subject of a recent video by Voice of America that will be tranlated into 46 languages to show the world the good side of America. Photo courtesy of Julie Taboh of Voice of America.
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Secretariat’s Grandson, Virginia Inmate Find a Common Bond in Greener Pastures Program


Photo reprinted with permission from the Washington Post

Former Virginia state inmate, Tamio Holmes, who learned to be a farrier in prison, has returned as a free man to work on Covert Action, grandson of Secretariat.
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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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