Building on the success of the 20th Anniversary TRF Blackburn Horse Show hosted in 2019, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and the Blackburn Correctional Complex will host the TRF Blackburn 2020 Horse Show on Oct. 20.
A global audience will tune in for a one-hour program that will offer a compelling demonstration of horse-handling skills, equine knowledge and the transformational impact of the TRF Second Chances Program.
Horse Racing Nation is a media sponsor of the event.
• Tuesday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m. ET
• Streaming live on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter (Thoroughbred Retirement accounts)
• No Tickets or RSVP Required.
• Details available on the TRN website.
About the Horse Show: “Last year, we welcomed the Lexington community to Blackburn to see the men and horses of the TRF Second Chances Program in action, and the response was extraordinary,” said Paul Saylor, chairman of the TRF Blackburn Advisory Committee. “This year we’ve re-imagined the Horse Show and will make the experience accessible to individuals across the country and around the world.”
Acting Warden Abby McIntire said, “The awareness and understanding created by the 2019 Horse Show has had a powerfully positive impact on the TRF Second Chances Program at Blackburn. By bringing employers and business leaders to meet the men and horses at the Second Chances barn last November, we have significantly improved the impact of the program on the long-term future of the offenders in our program. We are optimistic about the impact of this year’s event, and hope it will inspire even more engagement in the program across Kentucky and the country.”
As a direct result of the 20th Anniversary Horse Show, three graduates of the TRF Second Chances program have received job offers from employers in the equine industry. Thus far in 2020, despite the challenges of COVID-19, two program graduates have completed their sentences at BCC and re-entered society with jobs in hand. These men will share their stories within the TRF Blackburn 2020 Horse Show program.