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Edsel Dugais was among the top-scoring class of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Second Chances program.

Inmates ace horsemanship class with OTTBs

Four inmates who grew up thinking they were no good at school, and who certainly never imagined gaining the trust of thousand-pound Thoroughbred racehorses, graduated last month from a horsemanship program, opening a door to a new world. With a collective score so high, the group earned a spot as one of the highest-scoring classes to ever graduate the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Second Chances program at James River, according to Dr. Reid McLellan, founding program developer. After six months of studying horsemanship from nose to tail, and learning to be both herd leader and horse whisperer, each graduated the James River Second […]