The South Carolina Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (SCTRF) has been approached by an anonymous donor and for every $1 raised through a gofundme.com account, he will match it up to $5,000.
All proceeds will go to the program at the Wateree Correctional Facility to help take care of the horses there as well as place them in good homes.
For more information please visit the website at trfsc.org.
The SCTRF, through its Second Chances Program, offers a place of hope and renewal for retired Thoroughbred horses and prison inmates. Second Chances is located at the Wateree River Correctional Institution in Rembert. It is here the program allows inmates to interact with and care for retired racehorses.
Currently there are 45 retired thoroughbred race horses that reside on the 110-acre farm. Over the duration of each six-month cycle, inmates learn how to feed, tack, bandage, groom, and exercise horses in the Groom Elite Program. The inmates develop an understanding of a horse's daily care needs through the hands on interaction and experience. In addition, they also receive classroom education on basic equine management skills. The inmates that complete the program receive a nationally recognized certification from Groom Elite, which will help them in securing employment upon parole.
To date, several parolees have entered the horse industry after graduating from the Groom Elite Program at the Wateree Correctional Institution and have acquired jobs in South Carolina and Kentucky working as grooms.
Most of the horses, with an exception to a few with health issues or age, are available for adoption. The daily handling and attention they get from the inmates improve their chances for adoption. The other few that are unadoptable will live their lives out in serenity.