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AppJumpr08
Nov. 13, 2009, 09:12 PM
The TRF, in partnership with Suffolk Downs, The Fields Family Foundation, and the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department celebrated the grand opening of Second Chances at the Plymouth County Farm on November 10th.

Patriot Ledger Story (http://www.patriotledger.com/multimedia/x1659498141/Retired-thoroughbred-horses-find-new-home)

Bloodhorse Article (http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/53420/retirement-home-established-in-massachusetts)


I can't even begin to express how excited I am about this. The dedication of everyone involved has brought another wonderful program into being that helps both "damaged" people and horses rehab and start new lives.

Barnfairy
Nov. 13, 2009, 09:23 PM
I know there were plans for this in the works for quite a while...I was glad to read it has come to fruition!

Anybody we know working there heading up the program? ;)

I love the police escort!

AppJumpr08
Nov. 13, 2009, 10:16 PM
The police horses were cool beyond words :yes: They stood four abreast for probably 45 minutes without moving. I need to upload my pictures still.

I met the farm manager, who will be heading the program - wicked nice guy. And the sheriff was a hoot and a half - very funny guy. And very dedicated to this new program :yes:

Our friend isn't going to be running it... at least not yet.. she's got horses to train! :winkgrin::lol:

frugalannie
Nov. 14, 2009, 12:51 PM
I heard about this a few days ago, and I am so glad you posted this here. Hats off to everyone involved for making this happen!

cottagefarm
Nov. 15, 2009, 10:27 AM
What a great program.
Best of luck to them all.

lauriep
Nov. 23, 2009, 08:14 AM
These programs have been very successful in all of their locations. I help out periodically with the Virginia program here in Goochland, and it has grown enormously! I think they currently have over 20 horses, are adopting some out, riding the ones that can be ridden and have graduated 3 (I believe) classes through the Groom Elite program. The horses are pastured adjoining a busy road through the county, so passers by can easily see many of them. The prison also converted an old dairy barn, and the cattle part contributed some of their pastures. They recently added an air-conditioned classroom and bathroom so the lectures can now be done in comfort. Really nice.

texang73
Nov. 23, 2009, 02:23 PM
Awesome!!! :D

MintHillFarm
Nov. 23, 2009, 08:00 PM
Really great news!
Did any horses from Suffolk go there yet?

AppJumpr08
Nov. 23, 2009, 08:57 PM
As far as I know, three went straight from Suffolk to Second Chances, and two came from the TRF's Wallkill facility in NY who had retired from Suffolk in years past :)
Future Fantasy and Charlie Business had been in NY, and Red Miah and Energy Center arrived from SD to Second Chances on the day of the ribbon cutting ceremony, and wonderful old campaigner Sing Me Back Home (11 years old with 114 starts!) arrived a few days later :D