Animal related

THOROUGHBRED RETIREMENT FOUNDATION

  • Saratoga Springs, NY
  • www.trfinc.org

Mission Statement

To save Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete at the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse, and slaughter. 

 At state correctional facilities, TRF offers a nationally accredited vocational training course in equine care and stable management.  Inmates learn marketable job skills and benefit from the intangible benefits of of working with animals, while the horses receive quality, supervised care. Sound horses are retrained and adopted out to private homes.

Main Programs

  1. Thoroughbred Racehorse Retirement and Adoption Program
  2. Second Chances Vocational Training Program

ruling year

1983

chief executive

Mr. Leonard C. Hale III

Self-reported by organization

Keywords

Animal welfare, Horse sanctuary, Thoroughbred adoption retirement, re-entry, Inmate education

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EIN

13-3132741

Physical Address

10 Lake Avenue

Saratoga Springs, 12866

Also Known As

TRF Second Chances

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

The TRF is the oldest and largest organization in the world dedicated to providing permanent, lifelong retirement for former racehorses.  Due to racing-related injuries, fewer than half of America's Thoroughbreds are physically suitable for a second career as riding horses, making them at high risk of being sent to slaughter.  Our correctional facility-based vocational program gives ex-racehorses a job as equine teachers without asking them to perform beyond their ability.  By the end of 2012, TRF will have opened a new facility in Illinois as well as a pioneering program in equine-assisted psychotherapy for parolees in California.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Thoroughbred Racehorse Retirement and Adoption Program

Retired Thoroughbreds can be expensive to care for and many are injured when we receive them. We rehabilitate them at state of the art facilities and re-train the sound ones for second careers. They can be adopted for pleasure riding or showing or handicapped riding programs. Those that are not sound live out their lives with us.

Category

None

Budget

$2,400,000.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Program 2

Second Chances Vocational Training Program

The Second Chances program provides vocational training for incarcerated men and women and follows the curriculum of the nationally accredited Groom Elite program.  Students are all non-violent offenders and provide supervised care for our horses while completing both classroom and hands-on classes.  A final written and practical exam must be passed in order to receive a technical degree in equine care and stable management.

Category

None

Budget

$800,000.00

Population Served

Offenders/Ex-offenders

None

None

Blog

The organization's Blog

Social Media

@TRFinc

Funding Needs

Most Thoroughbred rescues only accept horses that can be retrained and quickly "flipped" for an adoption fee.  As one of the only organizations that provides lifelong retirement for unadoptable horses, TRF spends over $3.2M annually to care for our current herd of 1,000 Thoroughbreds.

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Financials

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THOROUGHBRED RETIREMENT FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mr. Leonard C. Hale III

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"In 2014, TRF celebrated its 30 anniversary at the Wallkill Correctional Facility in Wallkill, NY. This program is the model for nine programs around the country. Additional states and correctional facilities are working with TRF to establish this program. At a time when thousands of American Thoroughbred racehorses still go to slaughter every year, TRF is the only organization to provide lifetime sanctuary to Thoroughbreds in all conditions regardless ability to be adopted as riding horses or of career earnings."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Leonard C Hale

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?