Organized in 2005, Friends of Ferdinand Inc. (INDIANA) brought together volunteers who admired the indomitable spirit and work ethic of ex- race horses and wished to see them find successful homes and careers after the track. FFI’s volunteers work tirelessly with the Midwest equine community, the Indiana racing community and the public at large to share their mission and their vision. Together they have placed extraordinary ex-racers, who have been rehabilitated and retrained, in new homes and in new careers. These thoroughbreds are “retired from racing but not from life”.
Through both Board Grants and Accelerator Awards TSF has supported the evolution of the FFI program from a small band of volunteers to a multi-state organization. These grants have had a direct effect on FFI’s main mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome “Tony’s Ex-Racers” as well as providing FFI the means to become the first TAA accredited organization in Indiana. Additionally, beginning with the 2013 grant, the TSF has enabled FFI to launch an internship program, one of the first of its kind, which has allowed us to begin influencing tomorrow’s leaders in the equine industry.
Awards & Recognitions
FFI was given the Rescuing Racers award in 2013 by the ASPCA for providing rescue, rehabilitation and/or sanctuary and, thus saving the lives of retired racers.
How the Money Will Be Used
In 2016, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award was for $5,000.
In 2015, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $7,500 will provide continued funding of the TSF Internship Program whereby up-and-coming equestrians are given the opportunity to learn about thoroughbred rescue, re-training and adoption – ultimately being influenced to become life-long animal welfare advocates.
In 2014, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $7,500 was used to fund 2 programs: To offset expenses of ex-racers as they learn new skills and prepare for new opportunities and new homes, and for our internship program to provide opportunities to teach the next generation of equine industry professionals how to transition ex-racers and become equine welfare advocates. FFI interns will live, breathe and ride all things off-track thoroughbred.