Chelsea O'Reilly

Farming Status and Plans

Farming status:

Full time

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

I am writing on behalf of a nonprofit, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. We currently care for 550+ retired racehorses on the east coast, mainly housed at correctional facilities and those horses then working with inmates to learn a new vocation. We are looking for a farm in the Warren/Washington/Saratoga County area to have a sanctuary farm closer to our headquarters in Saratoga Springs, NY. We currently have a wonderful host farm for a pop-up venture during the summer, but are seeking something full time and year round. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, currently operating at 18 facilities in the U.S. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?


Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

Eastern, Saratoga, Washington

Desired acreage:

51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops, Farm equipment, Water access, Fencing, Electrical Access

Description of buildings required:

If possible a small barn for horses to be on stall rest if necessary, and to have private groups or volunteers. 

Description of farm equipment required:

If possible a tractor to move hay depending on the setup of the operation. 

Description of water access required:

Access to water in the fields for the horses living there. 

Description of fencing required:

Horse safe fencing (no barb wire). Can be anything from post and board, to mesh or hot-cote. 

Crops and Livestock

Primary Livestock:


Description of livestock/crops:

We care for retired thoroughbred racehorses. Generally older, over the age of 15. 

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Description of tenure options desired:

We are looking for a lease arrangement preferably unless another option would be better between the landowner and the foundation. 

Additional Information

Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?


Experience & education:

Farm management, Farm employee

Experience description:

The TRF celebrates 36 years of caring for retired racehorses, focusing on pasture management and keeping the horses on pasture for their health and well-being. When operating sanctuary facilities we ideally would like to see 2 acres per horse alloted on the pasture to necessitate optimal grazing without overburdening the land.