New Vocations' Open Barn and BBQ Hosts 600-Plus


Over 600 people from the racing and sport horse industries attended the Apr. 28 New Vocations Open Barn and BBQ, sponsored by AmWager and Siena Farm. The event was organized to raise awareness of the importance of Thoroughbred aftercare, while spotlighting New Vocations' mission to rehab, retrain and rehome retired racehorses.

“It was really inspiring to see so many people involved in the equine industry, from owners and trainers of Thoroughbreds to equestrians and horse enthusiasts, come to visit our new facility,” said Anna Ford, New Vocations Program Director. “The main thing every person had in common was a mutual respect and love for the Thoroughbred.”

New Vocations at Mereworth Farm welcomed guests to tour the nearly complete retraining and adoption facility. The biggest draw was the retired racehorses that filled the 30 stalls, each of which was either up for adoption or in training to be put up for adoption. One of the stalls, housing Mean Booger Bear, was sponsored by the TDN.

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