Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at Montpelier
upstate New York, the TRF would design, staff and maintain a vocational training program in equine care and management for inmates. That program became Second Chances. In 1984 the first horse, aptly named Promised Road, arrived at Wallkill. The facility has been the home of scores of TRF retirees over the years and continues to provide the dual benefit of helping horses and people.
TRF Second Chances teaches inmate-students all aspects of horse care, health, handling and stable management while the horses help rehabilitate the men and women who care for them. Hundreds of inmates have completed the program since TRF Second Chances began.
Over the years, the model established at Wallkill expanded and there are currently 8 Second Chances facilities plus 10 other sanctuary farms, including ours, spread over 9 states. TRF has saved over 5,000 horses, currently cares for over 600 horses, and is the world’s largest equine sanctuary.
In the fall of 2003 the first TRF horses arrived at James Madison’s Montpelier. The estate’s last private owner, Marion duPont Scott, had long been associated with horse racing. She bred and trained her horses on the farm and her training track is still in use during the annual fall Montpelier Steeplechase races. After her death the estate became a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The trustees of the Paul Mellon estate entered into an agreement with Montpelier and covered the one-time costs of repairing the barns and pastures in exchange for allowing the TRF to establish an exchange for allowing the TRF to establish a chapter here. Our chapter of TRF is the only one that specializes in retraining horses for adoption, as well as serving as a lifetime home for retirees who cannot be adopted out.
TRF at Montpelier now has 50 retired racehorses under our care and manages 150 acres and multiple barns. We lease our land and facilities from Montpelier and in addition, pay for all maintenance, repair and upkeep. We rely solely on donations and volunteers to care for the horses and to fulfill our mission.
There are a number of ways you can help support TRF - donate, sponsor a horse, volunteer! Businesses can sponsor the barn, a paddock, donate goods and services. Donor Advised Funds, Foundations, and Charitable Trusts may include TRF as grantees. To find out more, contact us at 518-226-0028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.