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Former graded stakes winner & Olympian join up to compete in Thoroughbred Challenge in hopes of raising much-needed funds for New Vocations

Former Gulfstream Park Handicap G2 winner Discreet Dancer will be competing in the America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred Challenge held at Pimlico Race Course on October 5th.  The challenge is part of the Thoroughbred Makeover, a marketplace and symposium run by the Thoroughbred Training Project.

Discreet Dancer is one of 10 Thoroughbreds chosen for the challenge, which will consist of 10 different horse-and-rider combo teams and riding disciplines.  His designated discipline is jumping and his rider team consists of New Vocations and former Olympic rider, Armand Leone, who provided Discreet Dancer with a solid jumping foundation for the event.  The team is sponsored by Discreet Dancer’s former racing owner, Robsham Stables.

Discreet Dancer had a very successful career on the track with earnings of $365,900 in just eight starts. He was trained by the nation’s leading Thoroughbred trainer, Todd Pletcher, who has also been a huge New Vocations supporter and advocate. Bred, raised, and raced by one of New Vocations’ founding supporters, Robsham Stables, Discreet Dancer had the best of care from start to finish. He was retired in late 2013, due to a minor soft tissue injury, and was then gelded and turned out over the winter.
Dancer was officially donated to New Vocations in late January of this year. He adjusted well to being socialized with other horses and in late March started ground work training. Shortly thereafter, he was started back under saddle and schooled by the New Vocations’ team.

“I am very excited about participating and demonstrating that Thoroughbreds are still the most athletic and intelligent breed of horse,” shared Leone. “Working with Dancer has been an absolute pleasure, as nothing compares with the stride, balance and power of a Thoroughbred.”
On October 5th, the 10 teams will be given a chance to show off what their Thoroughbred has learned in their new discipline.  With a total of $10,000 in prize money available to the winners, the public is encouraged to vote for their favorite horse at  New Vocations is currently spreading the word to vote for Discreet Dancer in hopes of winning the challenge and thus receiving much-needed funds to help with their ongoing aftercare efforts.

“We feel very blessed to have such a strong team,” explained New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford.  “We have Discreet Dancer, the talented athlete, paired with an Olympic rider and generously supported by Robsham Stables.  If we win the challenge, it would truly be the cherry on top and ultimately would allow us to help more horses retiring from the track.”

Discreet Dancer made the move to the barn of former Olympian Armand Leone in August and they are getting along great! Armand shares "I was able to take him to a small show recently-he went in one class (2 foot jumpers) and was a good boy -- no schooling in the ring or anything!"

Armand was a member of the 1980 Olympic equestrian show jumping team, and remains active in amateur sports as the Chairman of the Board of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation in Gladstone, New Jersey. Armand has participated as counsel in hearings before the United States Olympic Committee and the American Arbitration Association on labor, athlete and sports law matters. He is the Vice President of High Performance Activities at the United States Equestrian Federation in Lexington, Kentucky. He has been active in helping handicapped riders enjoy equestrian activities.

Check out this great video of Armand Leone schooling Discreet Dancer over a jump course less than a month after arriving at Armand's facility: Jumping Video

For more details on Discreet Dancer’s road to the Makeover Challenge and to place your vote for him today please click the link below!

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