The Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation has donated $85,000 to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Farrier Fund to cover the organization’s 2017 hoof-care expenses. The TRF established the Farrier Fund in 2015.
“Hoof maintenance is especially important for off-track Thoroughbreds and is one of our single largest expenses,” says Sara Davenport, TRF’s herd manager. “Our horses are all turned out or in re-training, and they need healthy, well-trimmed feet.”
Diana Pikulski, TRF director of external affairs, adds, “We are grateful to have these funds restricted for hoof care available for our farriers. Like the Hart to Heart Fund, established 5 years ago by Sophie Stenbeck for TRF’s vet care, these major gifts provide security for our horses’ vital needs.”