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Michael D. Crews, Secretary


Media Advisory
February 22, 2013
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(850) 488-0420

Media Invitation: Open House at Lowell Correctional Institution’s Second Chance Farm

WHAT: The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, the largest organization in the world dedicated to the rescue, retirement, and adoption of Thoroughbred racehorses, and the Florida Department of Corrections, invites the public to attend an open house at its Lowell Correctional Institution’s Second Chances Farm.  This is a free event.

The open house will include a meet-and-greet with the horses, demos of adoptable horses ridden by current offender-students, farm tours, and brief formal program that will feature a recent Second Chances graduate who is successfully employed in the local equine industry.

The farm is currently home to 42 ex-racehorses who receive supervised care from non-violent female offenders participating in a vocational training program in Equine Care Technology. 
WHERE: Lowell Correctional Institution
11120 NW Gainesville Road
Ocala, Florida 34482
WHEN: Friday, March 8, 2013 with the Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (a short program will begin at Noon); Media is invited at 10 a.m. for inmate interviews
WHO: Lowell Correctional Institution’s Second Chances Farm, the Department of Corrections and The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation
WHY: After their release, many graduates of the Second Chances program use their new skills to help acquire jobs within the equine industry and beyond, and are often quick to credit their equine teachers with helping turn their lives around. Programs such as this reduce the number of inmates who re-offend and return to prison.
NOTE: About the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF):

Founded in 1983, TRF is the oldest and largest organization in the world dedicated to saving Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse, and slaughter.  Its pioneering correctional facility-based vocational training program has provided supervised care to more than rescued 4,000 Thoroughbreds while giving incarcerated men and women tangible job skills and emotional healing.  The current nationwide TRF herd numbers over 950, all of which are available for adoption, fostering, or sponsorship.  Visit www.trfinc.org for more information.

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