From Ex-Con to Equestrian: Lauren Vannucci Tells Her Story

June 15, 2023
There’s a famous saying: everyone deserves a second chance. The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances Program is all about giving those second chances.

TRF works with prisons and inmates to help them turn a new leaf, with the help of horses and their particular power to heal.

Out of all their success stories, Lauren is one of the most compelling. From inmate to thriving in the equestrian business, she was able to turn her life around, and then some.

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About the TRF Second Chances Program

The TRF Second Chances Program is the nationally-acclaimed, flagship undertaking of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF).  This program, first launched in 1984 at the Wallkill Correctional Facility in Wallkill, NY, places retired Thoroughbred racehorses from the TRF herd in the care of the individuals within seven correctional facilities and one juvenile residential commitment program across the US.  Participating in a skills-oriented vocational training program, incarcerated individuals learn how to care for the aging equine athletes while gaining valuable life-skills that will equip them for success when they return to society.

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