What do you enjoy about being a TRF Volunteer?

You would have a hard time finding a TRF volunteer with less actual experience being around horses than me. I have bet on horses for more than 30 years, but standing along the rail at Saratoga was about as close as I ever got to them. When I visited Keeneland for the first time in 2017, I had an opportunity to go to Old Friends Farm. It was a dream come true for me. I was the nerd who started reciting all of the famous races that these retired racehorses had participated in. My apologies to the folks who were on that tour with me.
That experience really made me want to get more involved with thoroughbred aftercare. During my visit to that Kentucky farm, I learned that there was an Old Friends in Saratoga and I have since visited Old Friends at Cabin Creek several times. And then I learned that the TRF was also based in Saratoga. I went to a TRF happy hour at Walt and Whitman in February 2020, got sidetracked by the pandemic for a few months, before eventually getting involved in projects at the end of last summer.

What's next?

I'm really looking forward to meeting more members of the Herd! I was lucky enough to visit the Pastures of Point Lookout farm recently and it was surreal to stand out in a giant field with so many former racehorses surrounding me. I'm pretty sure they could tell how nervous I was, but they were gracious hosts nonetheless, even after they discovered that I hadn't brought treats with me (I'm still learning!). I hope everyone appreciates the horses not only when they are on the track, but after their careers are over as well