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.

Ten Years of Men and Horses Helping Each Other at James River

Purchase Movie Tickets for "One Day" on February 26

One Day is the inspiring story of Our Mims, winner of the 1977 Eclipse Award for Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and how she inspired horse lover Jeanne Mirabito to start the Our Mims Retirement Haven for retired Thoroughbred racehorses and broodmares in Paris, Kentucky.

The film will be shown at 3 p.m. following a reception in Meadow Hall which begins at 2 p.m. The writer, producer and director, Victoria Racimo will be on hand for commentary and discussion. Proceeds benefit the James River chapter of TRF and the barn restoration fund at The Meadow. Click the button to purchase tickets. Tickets are $40 and may also be purchased at the door with cash or check.

The 2017 Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River Calendars

The 2017 James River calendar is now available and can be ordered by using the button to your right. Each calendar is twenty two dollars and includes shipping.

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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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