Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Annual Hay Drive Underway

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has received a $60,000 matching gift from the Santulli Family Foundation to launch the 2021 Hay Drive. Richard and Peggy Santulli will match every dollar donated to the TRF up to $60,000 for this campaign. The TRF’s goal for the 2021 Hay Drive is $120,000 to cover the cost of hay for the nearly 500 former racehorses currently in their care throughout the country.

The TRF Hay Drive is one of the most important campaigns for the organization and will be conducted by direct mail, email and social media as well as one-on-one donation requests. The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, now in its 38th year, is the oldest Thoroughbred rescue in the country and provides sanctuary to a herd of nearly 500 retired racehorses.

“Hay is the cornerstone of a horse’s diet and especially so in the winter months,” said Jessica Paquette, TRF Director of Communication and Annual Fund. “With the rising cost of hay throughout the country, we are grateful for the support.”

Last year, with the help of the Santulli Family Foundation, the TRF surpassed the goal of $120,000 and the organization is hopeful that this year’s response will be equally as successful.

“We are immensely grateful for the continued support from the Santulli family,” said Patricia Stickney, TRF Executive Director. “They have been longtime champions of aftercare and we hope that their generosity will inspire others to give as well.”

To give to the Hay Drive please visit the TRF giving page here:

About TRF: Founded in 1983, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is a national organization devoted to saving Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete at the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse, and slaughter. As the oldest Thoroughbred rescue in the country, the TRF provides lifelong sanctuary to retired Thoroughbreds throughout their lifetime.

Best known for its pioneering TRF Second Chances program, the organization provides incarcerated individuals with life-changing vocational training through its accredited equine care and stable management program. At eight correctional facilities across the US, including one juvenile justice facility, this program offers second careers to its horses and a second chance at life for program graduates upon release from prison. The TRF Second Chances Program at the Wallkill Correctional Facility provides a home for 40 retired Thoroughbred racehorses and has been changing the lives of returning citizens for nearly forty years.

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