New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program will host its annual charity hunter, jumper and dressage horse show in Delaware, Ohio, on July 3-5, 2015. Designed to showcase the Thoroughbredâ€™s athleticism and versatility beyond the track, the Ohio horse show offers both specialty classes for Thoroughbreds as well as Open classes that welcome all breeds. The Indiana Horsemenâ€™s Benevolent and Protective Association (INHBPA) has again graciously stepped up to be the official title sponsor for the event.
The 2014 event was a huge success with over 1,400 entries; it raised over $65,000 to support racehorse aftercare. This yearâ€™s event will boast the addition of western dressage, as well as the ever-popular $1,500 Hunter Stake, the $1,000 Team Hunter Challenge, the Thoroughbred Classic and the $500 New Vocations Jumper Stake.
In an additional effort to highlight the breed, New Vocations will host a Thoroughbred-only horse show at the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday, Sept. 12, in conjunction with The Jockey Clubâ€™s Thoroughbred Incentive Program. The one-day event will offer newly retired racehorses, as well as seasoned show horses, a chance to compete at the storied Kentucky Horse Park in both the Rolex Stadium and the Walnut Ring. New Vocations looks forward to welcoming riders to a horse show in a new, spectacular location. Junior/Amateur and Open Hunter Derbies and Junior/Amateur and Open Jumper Stakes classes will be offered in addition to multiple over-fences, flat and pleasure classes.
"We are very excited to offer two Charity Horse Shows this year and are honored to partner with the Jockey Clubâ€™s Thoroughbred Incentive Program,â€ shared Program Director Anna Ford. â€œThese shows create an avenue to spread awareness as spectators and exhibitors see firsthand the diverse attributes Thoroughbreds have to offer. They also raise much needed funds to support our aftercare efforts through sponsorships provided by industry partners, owners, trainers, and breeders.â€
Both New Vocationsâ€™ horse shows will raise funds to support the organizationâ€™s efforts to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses. In 2014, the program successfully took in over 450 horses at their facilities in Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. Since its inception, the program has placed nearly 5,500 retired racehorses into carefully screened and monitored homes.
More information on for the Kentucky charity Thoroughbred show, including prize list and entry form, can be found here. Entry forms, prize lists and sponsorship information for the Ohio charity horse show can be found here.
For 22 years, New Vocations has provided a safety net for retired racehorses leaving the track. Starting with a single farm in Dayton, Ohio, the program has grown to five facilities in: Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Serving over 40 racetracks, New Vocations works directly with owners and trainers in need of an aftercare program for their horses. New Vocations has a sound adoption system in place that is proven to move a large number of horses in a rather short period of time. The focus is on adoption verses retirement, believing that each horse deserves to have a home and a purpose.