The New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has announced the official opening of their New York satellite facility at October Hill Farm in Fort Edward. Owned by Dan and Danielle Dill, the brand-new equestrian facility has partnered with New Vocations to assist in expanding the program’s New York aftercare efforts. Trainer Leandra Cooper will spearhead the transitional training and adoption operations at the facility.
“We are taking in over 80 retired racehorses a year just from New York racetracks and farms, so it was a logical step for us to open a facility there,” Program Director Anna Ford said. “It has taken us nearly two years to find the right facility and personnel who meet our program’s standards. October Hill Farm and Leandra Cooper are great additions to our team, and we are excited to be able to serve more horses in the state”
Andy Belfiore, executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, added, “We are thrilled that we now have a New York option for some of the horses retired to New Vocations through our Take the Lead Program. It makes shipping a whole lot easier and will cut down on our expenses. It also expands the equine industry and brings new jobs to the state. It’s a win-win.”