Carl Pollard Challenge Kicks off TRF Endowment Campaign

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has announced a $1 million challenge pledge by Carl Pollard to launch its $20 million four year endowment campaign. Pollard, who breeds and races horses and formerly owned Hermitage Farm, in Goshen, Kentucky, has supported the TRF for a number of years.

“Carl Pollard’s challenge gift gives us confidence and credibility,” said TRF Director of External Affairs Diana Pikulski. “We are proud that someone of his stature believes in what we do and how we do it.”

In making his pledge, Pollard has challenged the TRF to raise $19 million over a four-year period. If it does, he will contribute $1 million. The pledge is designed with interim milestones and incentives. Proceeds from the endowment will be used primarily for horse care expenses. Owner and breeder Robert Evans has also joined with a four-year commitment of $250,000.

“Retired Thoroughbreds’ … aftercare is the responsibility of everyone involved in our sport,” Pollard said. “I wanted to come up with a new plan of attack to help raise the type of funds the TRF truly needs to improve upon its mission. … My giving is tiered to place an incentive on the TRF board, staff, and donors to raise an endowment which will ease some pressure on the annual giving.”

Pikulski added, “This is about the financial security that retired racehorses deserve. Success in this campaign will cement our ability to steadily develop new retraining, vocational training, and … programs putting more horses to work in second careers as riding horses and therapy horses.

“Success in this campaign will greatly increase our capacity to service the racing industry by allowing us to accept more horses in need of homes when their racing careers have ended,” she said. “Expansion of our work is critical for the business as the pressure to find homes for all Thoroughbreds increases.”

The TRF has 24 farms in 14 states and its programs continue to grow and develop. For 32 years, the TRF has worked to ensure Thoroughbred racehorses can thrive when their racing careers are over.

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