The farm at BCC is one of eight created by the equine nonprofit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF). The program allows inmates to build life skills through industry-specific training while learning about and providing supervised care to retired racehorses.
Inmates must apply to be in the program, which lasts about six months. During this time they work hands-on every day gaining trust with their horses. They also spend time in the classroom learning about anatomy, nutrition, and injury awareness through the Groom Elite Program, which provides them with credentials that are recognized and accepted around the industry.
Mission and next steps 💼
Part of the mission is to reduce the recidivism rate(the likelihood to recommit a crime) and teach the inmates a trade and skills that they can take on with them in their next phase of life.
The TRF Second Chances Farm at BCC has partner facilities, like Spycoast Farm, that are open to providing employment to graduates — a win-win that helps bridge the gap for former inmates and an industry that needs skilled employees.
How you can support 🤝
The TRF Second Chances Program does not receive government grants, so it relies on the gifts of dedicated supporters. Here are some ways you can be involved:
Modern Western Square Dance Lessons | Tuesday, Jan. 24 | Times vary | Southern Heights Baptist Church, 3408 Clays Mill Rd., Lexington | $60 | Bring a friend or come solo and learn how to square dance from the experienced team at Do Si Dos Lexington in this 24-session series.
Wednesday, Jan. 25
Equine and Endophytes Workshop | Wednesday, Jan. 25 | 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Spy Coast Farm, Equine Education Center, 3487 Newtown Pike, Lexington | $20-$40 | This workshop aims to educate breeders on tall fescue and its risks to broodmares.
Thursday, Jan. 26
New Year’s Dance Class | Thursday, Jan. 26 | 6-6:50 p.m. | The Salsa Center, 817 Lane Allen Rd., Lexington | Free | Dance your way into a new hobby and skill with Kizomba lessons — no partner or experience needed.
Friday, Jan. 27
Planetarium Show: Exoplanets | Friday, Jan. 27 | 4 p.m. | Living Arts & Science Center, 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., Lexington | $5 | Examine the many unique and extraordinary worlds outside of our solar system in a special showing at the Farish Planetarium.
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Tune in today, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. for Mayor Linda Gorton’s State of the City Address. This is when Mayor Gorton will share the strengths and weaknesses of Lexington, as well as potential opportunities for growth and improvement. Watch it online. 🎤
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Well, My Maria, the band is back.Brooks & Dunn is coming to Rupp Arena on Thursday, May 11 for a stop on the REBOOT 2023 TOUR. The show will feature special guest Scotty McCreery. Tickets will be available for purchase at 10 a.m. this Friday, Jan. 27.
All Fayette County seniors — public, private, or homeschooled — are encouraged to apply for Independence Bank’s scholarships to assist with college tuition. There are two scholarships available + applications are being accepted until Monday, Feb. 13. 🎓
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