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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary


For Immediate Release
June 18, 2002
For More Information
Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Inmates and Thoroughbreds
in Rehabilitation Partnership

Video Press Release
Available Friday, June 21, 2002 from 11:00 to 11:15 am


WHO: The Florida Department of Corrections, Marion CI, and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF).
 
WHAT:

2 minute, 30 second Video News Release (VNR) featuring program that teaches inmates all aspects of equine care to include farm maintenance, basic care, grooming, nutrition, caring for lame horses, breeding management and geriatrics for the older horse. The equine training program is the result of a partnership between DOC and the TRF. The program will train inmates to rehabilitate retired thoroughbred racehorses for use by the Department of Corrections and for adoption by the general public. The facility provides care for horses that have either sustained an injury or are not able to perform at their peak. TRF was formed in 1982 and is a non-profit organization, funded by private donations.

The DOC thoroughbred retraining program requires that inmates pass both written and performance tests. Upon completion of the program inmates receive a vocational certificate in equine care.

 
WHEN:

Satellite Uplink on Friday, June 21, 2002 from 11:00 to 11:15 am. The 2:30 package will be played as many times as possible within the 15 minute uplink window.

SATELLITE COORDINATES: C Band, Telstar 6, Transponder 22

VNR Script attached.

View a high bandwidth or low bandwidth preview version of the VNR:


Photo of inmate and horse in stall

High Bandwidth
Windows (5MB)
RealPlayer (15M)

Low Bandwidth
Windows (2MB)
RealPlayer (3MB)