New Vocations

The Show Must Go On for New Vocations

While most organizations, racing or otherwise, experienced a stagnation in business during the midst of the Coronavirus shut-down, Thoroughbred aftercare programs confronted quite the opposite. When racing in most states was a giant question mark for months on end, for many horses that would have otherwise stayed in training throughout the spring season, the decision was made to enter them into retirement. Since the first of the year, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has brought in 240 horses to their rehabilitation and rehoming program, a 23% increase from last year's...

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Hagyard Pharmacy Offers Buy-One, Donate-One Program To Support Aftercare

With the help of fifth-generation Hagyard Equine Medical Institute veterinarian Dr. Luke Fallon, Hagyard Pharmacy donated 13 half-gallons of Reflex HA to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program's Kentucky facility. This is enough product to keep 13 retired Thoroughbred racehorses comfortable for 60 days. In an effort to assist even more horses, Hagyard Pharmacy has launched the Buy-1, Donate-1 program, which allows anyone who purchases a bottle of Reflex HA to contribute to the health of retired racehorses. For every bottle of Reflex HA sold from now through May 31, Hagyard...

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Charlatan Owners Pledge Percentage of Arkansas Derby Earnings to New Vocations

Connections of 'TDN Rising Star' Charlatan (Speightstown), the morning-line favorite in the first division of Saturday's GI Arkansas Derby, will donate 10% of their net earnings to support New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. The participating owners include SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Frederick Hertrich III, John D. Fielding and Golconda Stables. "Along with our partners, we are delighted to be able to contribute additional funding to New Vocations, especially during these testing times," said Tom Ryan of SF Bloodstock. "New Vocations provides essential support for our equine...

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Silver Linings: Anna Ford

   "We are the silver lining in any and every dark cloud we could ever find. There is no need to go looking for the light when you bring it with you." -Tyler Knott Gregson    TDN Intern Katie Ritz polled a series of industry members to see if they had found anything good that has come out of the current crisis. Their responses will appear every day in the TDN. To submit your own, email [email protected] ANNA FORD New Vocations is doing its best to continue operating as much...

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New Vocation to Hold Silent Auction on LA Derby Day

Owners with horses racing at the Fair Grounds on Louisiana Derby Day Saturday are being encouraged to pledge a percentage of their earnings to support New Vocations efforts. All funds raised will go directly to support the horses currently at the Louisiana facility, which has already served over 50 retired racehorses since opening last year. In addition to the pledge New Vocations will have an online auction with a variety of items ranging from unique New Orleans art to gift baskets and packages. The online auction can be viewed here...

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New Vocations Annual BBQ Apr. 24

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...

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New Vocations Joins Visit Horse Country

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has become the 40th organization to join Visit Horse Country, formed in 2014 to promote Kentucky's rich Horse Country heritage. New Vocations will begin offering tours of its Mereworth Farm facility in April. Tour dates and times can be found here. "The program at New Vocations has long done great work with retraining and adoption; we're excited to partner with them in sharing that work with guests-seeing an off-track Thoroughbred being trained for a second career is inspiring," said Anne Sabatino Hardy, executive director of...

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Fairface Gets a Second Chance in Ben’s Stall

Trying to come to terms with the death of a family member or loved one is one of the hardest parts of the human experience. The illness and passing of the TDN News and Features Editor Ben's Massam left us all bereft, and as we struggled to make sense of a senseless loss, we looked to find an appropriate way to remember him and allow his memory to help those who needed help in the industry he loved. (Read his story here.) We settled on the New Vocations Sponsor-A-Stall program,...

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Louisiana HBPA Teams with Fair Grounds for Aftercare Support

The Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots have partnered on an initiative to financially support racehorse aftercare. During the entire Fair Grounds' 2019-2020 Thoroughbred racing season, consenting Louisiana HBPA member owners have contributed $5 per starter to racehorse aftercare. At the conclusion of the meet, the track will then match that dollar amount. Efforts made during the Fair Grounds' 12th annual, 10-day summer Quarter Horse Race season resulted in a total race horse aftercare donation of $6,580. "The Louisiana HBPA thanks Fair Grounds...

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Over 450 Thoroughbreds Compete at Joint New Vocations Show, T.I.P. Championships

More than 450 Thoroughbreds traveled from 26 states to compete in the fifth annual New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show, held Sept. 6-8 in conjunction with The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington. It was the largest number of competitors to date for the show, which coincided with nearly $120,000 in sponsorships raised, the highest amount the show has raised to date. The funds go to New Vocations, which is the largest racehorse adoption charity in the country, and will be used to...

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SF Bloodstock Donates $100,000 to Co-Sponsor New Vocations Indoor Arena

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...

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