TRF Blackburn 2020 Horse Show: Goes Global!

October 15, 2020

October 20, 2020 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On October 20th, the TRF and Blackburn Correctional Complex invite the world to participate in a “Horse Show unlike any other.” Streaming live this worldwide premiere will shine the spotlight on the horse handling skills, equine health and anatomy knowledge acquired by the men in the program, and the powerful ways in which the horses of the TRF have changed their lives for the better.

Join us from the comfort of your home, wherever you live, at 8pm (ET) on October 20, 2020. The TRF Blackburn 2020 Horse Show will inspire those who love horses and humans, around the world.

Watch the TRF Blackburn 2020 Horse Show trailer with TRF Ambassador and Board Member, Maggie Wolfendale Morley. Prepare to be amazed!

Mark your Calendar. We’ll see you on October 20th! (Sign Up for a Reminder to Tune In)

Ways to support the show and TRF:

》Engage your Friends & Expand our Reach: Become a Promotional Partner & Host a Watch Party!

》Support TRF Second Chances Horses at Blackburn as a Horse Show Sponsor! (Click here for Sponsor Benefits)

Purchase Raffle Tickets for special VIP TRF Lex on Tap Tour: Horses, Bourbon, Beer & Wine Raffle for the Horses: Lex on Tap Tour

Support the TRF Herd across the Country: Hay, Grain & More! Support the Horses!

About the Horse Show

On November 6, 2019, the TRF and the Blackburn Correctional Complex celebrated 20 years of an extraordinary partnership. The TRF-Blackburn 20th Anniversary Horse Show was an event which “opened the gates” of Blackburn for the Lexington community and Thoroughbred industry to witness the work of the horses and the men who participate in the TRF Second Chances Program – together they are Saving Horses and Saving Lives.

》Click Here to watch a short video recap of the 20th Anniversary Horse Show

This year, while much has changed, the impact of the TRF Second Chances program has only grown greater. As a result of last year’s Horse Show, numerous local employers have become engaged with the men in the Second Chances Program, interviews have taken place, job offers have been extended, and Second Chances have been granted – as men leaving Blackburn have found employment and opportunities to contribute meaningfully to society upon their release

》Click Here to listen to Kim Weir interview on the In the Money Players Podcast with Pete Fornatale about the Horse Show. Sept 16, 2020 (TRF Segment at 33:26)

》Click Here to listen to Kim Weir interview on the In the Money Players Podcast with Pete Fornatale about the Horse Show. Oct 5, 2020 (TRF Segment at 56:25)

》Click Here to listen to Kim Weir interview on the Going in Circles Podcast with Charles Simon describing the Horse Show.

The TRF herd lives at 18 TRF thoroughbred retirement facilities across the country.

Seven of those farms are “TRF Second Chances Program” farms located at state correctional facilities where inmates participate in a vocational training program in equine care and stable management. At Healing Arenas in California, TRF horses are retrained for adoption and work daily in equine assisted therapy. A number of our retirees also live at private farms whose owners receive a stipend for their care. 

》Click here to find out more information about the farms below!

Second Chances Farms

▪ Pleasant Valley State Prison, CA

▪ Lowell Correctional Institution, FL

▪ Vandalia Correctional Facility, IL

▪ Blackburn Correctional Complex, KY

▪ Central Maryland Correctional Facility, MD

▪ Wallkill Correctional Facility, NY

▪ Wateree River Correctional Institution, SC

TRF Farm Partnerships

▪ Renaissance Farm, MD

▪ Healing Arenas, CA

▪ Saratoga Summer Farm

TRF Blackburn Advisory Committee

▪ Lori Baier, Fletcher Group

▪ Conrad Bandoroff, Denali Stud

▪ John Cox, Kentucky Chamber of ▪ Commerce

▪ Sharon Dominguez, TRF Volunteer

▪ Niki Goldey, VisitLex

▪ Andy Howard, Lane’s End

▪ Lara Levine, Daily Racing Form

▪ Laurie Mays, Kentucky Equine Education Program (KEEP) and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

▪ Annise Montplaisir, Amplify Horse Racing

▪ Kelsey Riley, Thoroughbred Daily News

▪ Elizabeth Rosenberg, TRF Volunteer & Horse Sponsor

▪ Paul Saylor, TRF Board of Directors and Committee Chair

TRF-Blackburn Horse Show Sponsors


◇ Heider Family Foundation

◇ Mary & Gary West


♡ Churchill Downs

♡ Godolphin

♡ New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

》Click here to learn more about sponsorship levels and benefits. Sponsor Today!


Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center


The TRF Team, Board of Directors and all of our horses thank our friends at the TDN for generous providing all of the videography talent and time, and editing expertise to create the TRF Blackburn Horse Show.


Promotional Partners are organizations who believe in the mission of the TRF and the work of the TRF Second Chances Program – at Blackburn and across the United States: Saving Horses and Saving Lives. These organizations, businesses, racing partnerships, media partners and passionate individuals have joined us as “co-hosts” of the TRF Blackburn 2020 Horse Show. They are actively inviting their friends, family, clients (and maybe even a few strangers) to tune in and enjoy the show on October 20th, 8pm ET. These amazing folks are helping us spread the word, share the story and expand the awareness of the life-changing work that the TRF horses are doing, every day.

There is no cost to be a Promotional Partner, we ask only that you help us reach more hearts & minds and let us say thank you.

》Click here to Learn more & Join us! THE MORE THE MERRIER!!!


• Amplify Horse Racing

• America’s Pastime Stables

• Belmont Childcare Association

• Bergen Stables

• Community Ecology Institute

• The Dark Horse Mercantile

• DV8 Kitchen

• Fasig-Tipton

• Fletcher Group

• Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ & Owners’ Association

• Groom Elite Program

• Herringswell Stables

• Horse Country

• Impressions of Saratoga

• Jaeger2, LLC

• Kentucky Equine Education Project

• Lex on Tap

• Making Strides

• Maryland Equine Transition Service (METS)

• Maryland Horse Council

• Midway University, Department of Equine Studies

• National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

• New York Racing Association

• Rainbow’s End Racing Stable

• Renaissance Equestrian Foundation

• Retired Racehorse Project

• Semper Fortis Financial, LLC

• Spy Coast Farm

• StableDuel

• Starlight Racing and StarLadies Racing

• Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

• VisitLex

• WinStar StableMates Racing LLC


• Daily Racing Form

• In the Money Media

• Equidaily

• EQuiery

Past The Wire

• Paulick Report

• Florida Equine Publications

• StreamHorseTV

Photo: November 6, 2019 – TRF Blackburn 20th Anniversary Horse Show.

James River Program

Courtesy TRF

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