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
- Capital Area
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
Description of livestock/crops:
We care for retired thoroughbred racehorses. Generally older, over the age of 15.
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.
Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?Unsure
Experience & education:On farm work experience, Farm internship/apprenticeship
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.