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.
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.
Covert Action, a grandson of Secretariat, enjoyed making new friends at the State Fair of Virginia on the 25th anniversary of the passing of the great Secretariat. Photo courtesy of Joe Allred.
Open Barn at James River Work Center September 14
The Fall Open Barn was a wonderful day. Here is one of our teaching assistants, Ben, with his family and one very happy horse, soaking up the love. This tells the story of the day quite well.
Horses For Adoption, Sponsoring
Click an image to view our horses available for adoption and sponsoring.
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.
Secretariat’s Grandson, Virginia Inmate Find a Common Bond in Greener Pastures Program
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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