New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced today that leading owner SF Bloodstock has donated $100,000 to co-sponsor the aftercare facility's indoor arena. In doing so, they join co-sponsor Stonestreet Stables, who were the first to pledge their support, and Fasig-Tipton, who are co-sponsoring the ring in honor of the late Bill Graves. The indoor arena is used to retrain off-the-track horses as they work towards new lives as riding horses.
“There's nothing's more important than life beyond the racetrack for our equine athletes,” said Tom Ryan of SF Bloodstock. “SF is committed to supporting this great cause and has the utmost confidence in New Vocations.”
“We are so grateful for SF Bloodstock's generous sponsorship as they were one of the first donors to support our capital campaign and have been avid contributors of our efforts annually,” said New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford. “The indoor arena allows us to provide transitional training throughout the year without being compromised by the rainy days and cold winter months. We definitely would not be able to serve as many retired racehorses without this building.”
New Vocations launched a capital campaign in 2015 to expand its efforts by building the country's premier adoption facility at the historic Mereworth Farm. The indoor arena plays a vital role in allowing the program to train retired racehorses year-round, as well as host fundraisers and annual events. It also allows New Vocations to host guests and tours in the indoor viewing room, and it serves as an event venue for industry partners. New Vocations is seeking two additional individuals or organizations to complete the sponsorship of the building.
New Vocations was founded in 1992, and has grown into the largest racehorse adoption program in the country, having placed over 7,000 individual horses, and serving nearly 500 horses annually. With facilities in Kentucky, Ohio, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and New York, New Vocations serves over 40 racetracks, working directly with owners and trainers in need of equine aftercare options.