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The Standardbred Retirement Foundation is a non-profit, tax exempt organization created to care for, rehabilitate, and secure lifetime adoption of non-competitive racehorses, to ensure their proper care with follow-up, and combine the needs of youth at risk with these horses in therapeutic equine programs to benefit both.
The SRF was created in 1989 when we realized what was happening to Standardbreds that could no longer be competitive as racehorses. Although horseracing is a multi-billion dollar business, the Standardbred racing industry has made no provisions to support these grand horses when their racing careers come to an end. Some horses end their careers at a young age with injuries or lack of racing ability. With rest & rehabilitation provided by SRF, these lovely animals often become wonderful riding, driving, eventing, or trail horses. Unfortunately, some retire from racing with injuries too catastrophic to allow them to transition into new careers. The SRF steps in to provide the adoption and rescue services necessary to ensure that these noble horses are retired with the dignity & care they deserve & with the intent of finding them permanent homes. Many are never adopted due to physical condition or age & remain under the SRF’s care for life.