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.


Fearnought (Bourbon Barrel Double Brown Ale), named after the famous Virginia sire from colonial days, will be released that day. There will be live music, great food, pony rides for the kids, a fancy hat contest, betting baskets, and a 50/50 cash raffle.

Covert Action, a grandson of Secretariat, will welcome guests as they come in the drive of this wonderful Goochland County farm brewery and be available for photos in exchange for a carrot. A gorgeous sunset will reward those who stay after the Derby.

Please see www.lickingholecreek.com for details, directions and ticket information.

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.

The gorgeous head of Watch My Lass is one of the stunning Debby Thomas Photography and Art photos in our 2015 calendar. They are ready now and make wonderful gifts for your barn mates and other friends. They are $20 each and we will ship to you. Send a check payable to TRF at James River to P.O. Box 112, Crozier, VA 23039. Mark clearly on the memo line how many calendars you are ordering.

   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

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

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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.
Read the entire article: Washington Post Article

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,
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