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Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation seeks sponsors for companion horses

The program allows Thoroughbred fans to get involved even if they are unable to foster or adopt a horse.


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Adopt a ThoroughbredIn October, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) sent out a call seeking foster homes for Thoroughbreds that had retired from racing but had not yet found permanent, adoptive homes. However, many Thoroughbred enthusiasts are interested in helping, but don’t have a farm or land to keep horses.

The TRF has created a way for all interested horse lovers to help support the rescued ex-racers. Through the Full Sponsorship program, individuals or groups can virtually adopt a horse, paying its regular costs of feeding and upkeep at $5/day.

“This helps the TRF and saves the horse having to be moved away from his pasture mates,” said TRF’s Jonathan Miller. “I think that is important, especially with the older horses. It is a win-win situation.”

The list of horses currently available for sponsorship is posted online at Among the currently available horses are:

  • Carterista, currently located at the Marion Correctional Facility in Florida, is used for the rehabilitation program there. He retired from racing at age 10 after a very successful career.

  • Native Ivory, a 24-year-old who lost his tail in the starting gate during his racing career, is located at the Blackburn Correctional Center in Kentucky.

  • Rocking Josh, who was abandoned and starved after he had won more than a half million dollars in his racing career, is now happy and healthy at a TRF facility in Oklahoma.

Several other horses are available for sponsorship, and some may be visited by appointment. To learn more about the program, visit

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Kelsey    Macedonia, IL

12/1/2011 1:27:19 PM

I think it would be wonderful to adopt a Throughbred!! If I could I would!! This is a great program.

jockey girl!    churchill downs, IL

11/15/2011 8:32:41 PM

Thoroughbred horses are the best! there smart,pretty,and super athletic,and respond to kind soft treatment! i pray that in the future more ex-race horses will be adopted!

Lisa    Saratoga Springs, NY

11/15/2011 3:42:09 PM

Jill, the donation is $5/day, which averages out to about $150 per month or $1,825 annually. The TRF also offers lower levels of sponsorships starting at $250 annually. But donations of absolutely any size are welcomed! or

Jill    Richmond, MI

11/15/2011 9:50:55 AM

Great Program.

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