The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) has donated $35,000 to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) for an upcoming expansion of the TRF's facility at the Wallkill State Correctional Facility in Wallkill, New York.
The money was needed to build new paddock fencing for an expansion of the Wallkill farm, the first ever TRF operation. The TRF was given an opportunity to expand Wallkill when the state of New York purchased some land next to the facility. Once the fencing is completed, the TRF will be able to house an additional 25 horses there. There are currently 25 horses living at the facility.
"They made such a good presentation to us and we have always been impressed by the fact that they never turn away a horse," said NYTHA President Richard Bomze. "To us, that's vital. Our entire board has been extremely impressed with their entire operation, with the amount of farms they have and with the amount of horses they take care of. They use their money correctly and are serving an important role. We were glad to help."
Signs will be posted on the paddock fences in recognition of the NYTHA's donation.
"This is a perfect example of the industry chipping in to help," said TRF Exceutive Director Diana Pikulski. "People may not realize how expensive it is to care for these horses and that the money for necessary expenses like fencing has to come from somewhere. The NYTHA could not ahve been more understanding and responsive. I can't thank them enough for their generosity."