New Vocations

Sparked by Winning Vino Rosso Pledge, Bar Now Higher For New Vocations BC Pledge Drive

The bar is set high for the 11th annual New Vocations Breeders' Cup pledge drive. Last year's fundraiser for the nation's largest retired racehorse rehabilitation and placement program netted $130,000 from owners and trainers of Breeders' Cup entrants. The exclamation point on that record amount was provided by Vino Rosso (Curlin) winning the GI Classic, because the colt's two ownership partners--St. Elias Stable and Repole Stable--plus trainer Todd Pletcher, all pledged their support. Over the last decade New Vocations has raised $650,000 with its annual Breeders' Cup funding drive, which...

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Entries Open for New Vocations Virtual Horse Show

With its annual in-person charity horse show cancelled due to COVID-19, New Vocations opened entries for its first All-Thoroughbred Virtual Horse Show Tuesday. Exhibitors from all over the country can compete by filming their rides at any location and uploading the videos for judging in the virtual show. "This has definitely been a challenging year with all of our live events being cancelled, so we are excited to be able to launch the New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Virtual Horse Show," said New Vocations Thoroughbred Program Director Anna Ford. "We were very...

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New Vocations Launches 11th Breeders’ Cup Pledge

New Vocations, the largest racehorse adoption charity in the country, has kicked off its 11th annual Breeders' Cup Pledge in support of Thoroughbred aftercare. The program, which has raised over $650,000 for aftercare, is seeking owners and trainers of Breeders' Cup contenders to pledge a percentage of their Breeders' Cup earnings to New Vocations for the rehabilitating, retraining, and rehoming of retired racehorses. "The need for our services continues to grow each year," said Anna Ford, New Vocations Thoroughbred Program Director. "This year, in particular, has been very challenging due...

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New Vocations, T.I.P. Cancel Fall Horse Shows

New Vocations Racehorse has canceled its 2020 All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show, a dressage and combined test event, slated to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Oct. 3. The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) followed suit and canceled its dressage and combined test championships, originally slated for Oct. 4. "It was a difficult decision to cancel the October show, but we feel that the safety of our show team and exhibitors is the most important," says Anna Ford, New Vocations Thoroughbred Program director. "It has been...

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New Vocations’ All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show and TIP September Championships Cancelled

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) have jointly agreed to cancel their 2020 hunter/jumper/pleasure horse show that was slated for Sept. 3-6 at the Kentucky Horse Park. "We are deeply disappointed to cancel the 2020 horse show, but after ongoing discussions with show management, Kentucky Horse Park event staff and horse show managers of other events held at the park, the decision to cancel the event was made," says Sarah Coleman, director of community and public relations for New Vocations. "Multiple factors contributed...

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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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