Held concurrently with the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program will host its fifth annual Open Barn and BBQ event at its Lexington facility on Mereworth Farm, Friday, Apr. 24 from 5:30-8:30 p.m (gates open at 5pm). Immediately following the conclusion of the dressage competition at the Horse Park, New Vocations will invite guests to tour the facility and meet adoptable horses. The evening will include a Southern-style buffet dinner, drinks and live music by Frontier Band, followed by an hour-long educational demonstration in the indoor arena. Four adoptable horses will be ridden by New Vocations trainers in mini clinics taught by Olympic team rider and World Equestrian Games Silver Medalist Dorothy [Trapp] Crowell, who will offer her perspective on the re-training process of off-track Thoroughbreds. The evening will also feature Crowell instructing two-time Kentucky Oaks winning jockey Rosie Napravnik aboard her more-advanced OTTB, a product of Crowell's program.
A silent auction, which will also be featured at the event, will open online at noon, Friday, Apr. 17, ending at the conclusion of the Open Barn and BBQ Apr. 24. The auction will riding lessons with four-star event rider Nick Larkin, an African safari package, swag from the United States Eventing Association, photo shoots with acclaimed equestrian photographers, signed horse-racing memorabilia, event tickets and more. Bidders do not need to be present to win. All proceeds from the auction will help New Vocations rehab, retrain and rehome retiring racehorses. Proceeds from the event will benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization.
For more information on the Open Barn and BBQ and the silent auction, visit www.newvocations.org/event_detail/9.