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Inmate Wes Goin, a member of the 'super class' learning horsemanship at the TRF's James River location comforts Talking Stuff, a horse in his care.

Inmates are top dogs in horse class; ‘super’

Five inmates who shed the prison culture, and worked together as a team to care for horses, just entered the record books as the top-scoring class to graduate from the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s (TRF) unique Second Chances program, which teaches inmates real-world job and horsemanship skills. So highly did they score on a recent round of testing— never earning lower than an A— that they are now referred to as the “super class” at the James River Work Center in Virginia, says Melissa Jensen, TRF farm manager. “These guys were so superior that we retained all of them, with the […]