February 2021 Newsletter:
We are feeling the love this season!

By Francis LaBelle

  Chris Griffin walked into prison in 2010, he looked at the grim view ahead and winced as the iron door slammed behind him.
    He had been convicted of third-degree burglary, landing him in the Wateree River Correctional Institution in Rembert, South Carolina for four years. From where he stood, he could not see much of a future.
  But then he had a vision.
     “I looked outside and saw these horses,” Chris said. “I have always loved animals and just looking at them made me feel better. I wondered who they belonged to. When I found out that I could have the chance to work with them, it changed everything for me.”
      Chris learned that the Wateree horses were part of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Second Chances Program... CONTINUE READING HERE
The First Ever Second Chances Juvenile Program is Launched
Building on more than 35 years of experience of working with correctional facilities across the country, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has entered its first partnership with a juvenile justice program. A virtual launch event was held on Feb. 23 to celebrate the formation of the Second Chances Juvenile Program at CSI-Ocala, which came out of a new partnership with TRF and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

The launch event featured remarks from Josie Tomayo, the Acting Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and a tour of the new equine program facility at the Center for Success and Independence (CSI), a juvenile residential commitment program operated by Youth Opportunity Investments in Ocala, Florida. Watch today and meet the equine program instructor as well as the participating TRF retired racehorses.
Check out Maggie's New Podcast!
The TRF is honored to support the Off Track podcast, which comes from TRF Board Member and New York television racing personality, Maggie Wolfendale-Morley. 

No matter their performance on the track, each horse has its own story. And the Off Track podcast aims to tell them.
Maybe a horse won several graded stakes, or their earnings read $50. Maybe they grabbed headlines, or you never even heard of the track they ran at. Maybe they ran 100 times, or just once. 
Hear from the people who gave these horses their second careers and how they made it from the track to their current homes. This is how Thoroughbreds win off track and you’ll enjoy listening to the well-told stories.

Meet Our Newly Rescued Sponsor Horses of the Month
Meet Canora and Tack Room, two of the TRF’s most recent rescues. These two special mares were thankfully pulled from a kill pen late last year.  
While these stories are heartbreaking to hear about, sometimes there are happy endings. We are grateful to have been able to help these two mares find safety and sanctuary for the rest of their lives.

Foaled in Kentucky on May 11th, 2000, Tackroom made only seven starts as a racehorse. She won once and finished third, bringing in just over $14,000 in earnings. Her sire was Tale of the Cat. Tackroom is now a favorite in her herd. She is a sweet mare with a huge heart. She currently resides in Front Royal, VA, where she’ll have a sanctuary for the rest of her life.

Foaled in Ontario, Canora performed well on the track, finishing no worse than third in half of her 30 career starts and earning $60,706. Her sire, Runaway Groom, made history at Saratoga Racecourse when he carried jockey Jeffrey Fell to victory in the 1982 Travers. It was only the second time in history that a horse defeated the Kentucky Derby winner (Gato Del Sol), the Preakness winner (Aloma's Ruler) and the Belmont Stakes winner (Conquistador Cielo) in the same race.
Here's What is Going On!
Clockwork Fury’s owners, Brent and Crystal Fernung of Journeyman Stud, returned him to the herd this year so he can be sold at auction to raise money for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. The funds will support the TRF Second Chances Farm at the Lowell Correctional Institution and the Marion Cultural Alliance, which came out of the initial Horse Fever public art project 20 years ago. The project has provided more than $2 million in grant funding since inception.
Clockwork Fury will go up for auction on March 16 during the Ocala Breeders’ Sales’ (OBS) Select 2-year-old sale. The statue will enter the auction ring as the last horse on the first day of the sale. He will be paraded around the ring like the other thoroughbreds at the day’s auction and will carry a hip number as well.”
We are pleased to announce that we are collaborating with Cornell Cooperative Extension- CCE Equine program in Saratoga County, NY a Horse Symposium. This will be an educational seminar series paired with an online art and tack auction. This virtual event, which will run from March 16 to April 2, will feature speakers from various disciplines in the equine industry, as well as a fun trivia night (with prizes!) to conclude this CCE Equine Virtual Horse Symposium. 
During the event, TRF will host an online tack and art auction via eBay with pickup available for items at designated times at the 4-H Center in Ballston Spa. 
Click below to register.

TRF Ambassador's Corner
Help us recognize and celebrate our amazing TRF Ambassadors who use their talents to benefit the horses in unique and inspiring ways.
Thank you for helping us raise awareness and support for the TRF Herd!!!
Meet Maura Pulver and her daughter, Amelia Millar of Saratoga Springs, NY. Maura recently opened a new restaurant in Wilton, NY, called Simply Food by Maura. This amazing woman-owned business has been raising money for the TRF since the grand opening and Maura recently hosted her first "Impact Night.”
"For Simply Food by Maura, the Impact Night was very successful. First, our team felt good about giving back to the community that has supported us. Second, we found that our customers (new and old) were excited about the idea and very supportive of our gesture to give a portion of their dinner cost to charity. I think this program made our customers feel good about coming to our business, and it gave them a better sense of who we are." -Maura Pulver
Volunteer Spotlight
Laurie Smida
Saratoga Springs, NY
What do you enjoy about being a TRF Volunteer? Or Why do you choose to volunteer your time with us?
“I volunteer for TRF because I love animals. I am so grateful I am able to help the horses by giving my time. I didn't even know TRF existed until I found a volunteering opportunity on the volunteer.com website. I set up a meeting with Cheryl and here I am. I have learned so much that I never was even aware of. Along the way, I have been given the gift of meeting so many wonderful new friends. I also love helping out at the Open Barns. I had never been around horses until I started volunteering for TRF and am absolutely awed by their beauty. Hopefully we can have Open Barns again in the near future.”  
Describe some of the projects you do for us. 
“I help out, remotely, with entering and updating information in the TRF fundraising database, mostly working with Bill, Kim, and Cheryl. In the past I also helped with various tasks in the Saratoga office such as filing and organizing office areas, cataloging books and entering descriptions for the annual online auction into Ebay.”
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