Why should I sponsor a Thoroughbred?

Most of the horses retired to the TRF sustained career-ending injuries on the racetrack and are not suitable to be ridden.  Instead, they enjoy permanent, dignified retirement at our facilities for the rest of their lives.  Sponsor horses are unlikely to be adopted and the lifetime costs can reach $30,000!  Sponsorship contributions help offset the expense of providing lifelong care.

What do sponsors receive?

Sponsorship levels begin at $100 and all include a framed photograph and a personalized sponsorship certificate.  Additional perks and frequency of horse updates increase with the levels.  Click here for details.

Which horses are available?

Browse our list of sponsorable horses here.

What if I want a horse who isn’t on the list?

TRF has over 950 horses at 32 farms in 15 states and unfortunately we don’t have the staff to offer regular personalized photos and updates on every single horse.  You are welcome to make a gift in honor of any horse, but sponsorship perks are limited to those listed on this website.

Can I sponsor a horse as a gift for someone?

Absolutely.  You will receive tax credit for the donation, and we will mail the sponsorship packet (along with a special note indicating that you made it possible) to anyone you wish.  We offer special kid-friendly packets for youngsters.

Can I visit my sponsored horse?

Yes (bring carrots!).  The majority of our horses live on farms at correctional facilities so all visits must be arranged in advance.  In a few cases, only adult visitors are permitted.   Please contact our main office at 518-226-0028 for more info.

Can I pay for my sponsorship in installments?

Yup, our online sponsorship donation page offers monthly and quarterly installment options.  Sponsorships must be renewed annually to continue receiving horse updates.

How is sponsorship different from fostering or adopting?

Sponsors make an annual donation in honor of a special horse and receive personalized information and updates by mail about “their” horse.  Fostering is when an individual takes physical custody of a pasture-sound horse (no riding) for a specific period of time, providing daily care and feed at no cost to TRF (more info on fostering).  Adopting is when you take full ownership, physical custody and responsibility for a horse (more info on adoption).