Chelsea O'Reilly

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Farming Status and Plans

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I am writing on behalf of a nonprofit, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. We currently care for 550+ retired racehorses on the east coast, mainly housed at correctional facilities and those horses then working with inmates to learn a new vocation. We are looking for a farm in the Warren/Washington/Saratoga County area to have a sanctuary farm closer to our headquarters in Saratoga Springs, NY. We currently have a wonderful host farm for a pop-up venture during the summer, but are seeking something full time and year round. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, currently operating at 18 facilities in the U.S. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

Yes

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Capital Area
    • Saratoga
    • Washington

Desired acreage:

51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Farm equipment, Water access, Fencing, Electrical Access

Description of buildings required:

If possible a small barn for horses to be on stall rest if necessary, and to have private groups or volunteers. 

Description of farm equipment required:

If possible a tractor to move hay depending on the setup of the operation. 

Description of water access required:

Access to water in the fields for the horses living there. 

Description of fencing required:

Horse safe fencing (no barb wire). Can be anything from post and board, to mesh or hot-cote. 

Crops and Livestock

Primary Livestock:

Equine

Description of livestock/crops:

We care for retired thoroughbred racehorses. Generally older, over the age of 15. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

We are looking for a lease arrangement preferably unless another option would be better between the landowner and the foundation. 

Additional Information

Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?

Unsure

Experience & education:

On farm work experience, Farm internship/apprenticeship

Experience description:

The TRF celebrates 36 years of caring for retired racehorses, focusing on pasture management and keeping the horses on pasture for their health and well-being. When operating sanctuary facilities we ideally would like to see 2 acres per horse alloted on the pasture to necessitate optimal grazing without overburdening the land.