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Multi-Graded Stakes Winner Hotstufanthensome Home At Last!

Article written by Esther Marr

Many of you may have already read in the updated section of the previous blog that Hotstufanthensome has found a forever home, but I wanted to make a separate post to make sure everyone saw the great news.

After much consideration of several individuals and organizations that offered to take Hotstufandthensome, New Vocations announced Jan. 12 that the gelding would be going to Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue in Pawling, N.Y., an organization with which they have a longstanding relationship.

“We are thrilled that Akindale stepped up and offered their services to him,” said Anna Ford, executive director of New Vocations.

In return, Akindale will send one of its adoptable horses to New Vocations, which will enter the retraining program and eventually find a new home. “This is a perfect example of two programs working together and utilizing their strengths,” said Ford. “Hotstuf is scheduled to be shipped next week (probably Sunday, Jan. 16), weather permitting. Another positive side to this story is that Evening Attire who actually raced against Hotstuff is also a resident at Akindale. It is great that the two will meet up once again.”

Ford called the support for Hotstuf “amazing” and noted that New Vocations has received nearly $2,500 in donations, which will cover his board, farrier, and vet bills during the 10 months he has been at that facility.

Any further donations will go toward Hotstuf’s shipping and care at Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue. Akindale does have a sponsorship program and will be looking for ongoing sponsors for Hotstuf. Those interested should contact Erin at For more information on Akindale's program, visit

Ford also wanted to address some confusion among people that commented on the last blog entry about Hotstufanthensome:

“We apologize for any confusion concerning the rumors of Hotstuf going to Old Friends. New Vocations had contacted Old Friends numerous times over the past five months but never received any conformation on them accepting him. We are not sure who posted the information about him going there. If anyone has made a donation for Hotstuff’s care to Old Friends you will need to contact them directly with any questions.”

If anyone needs to contact New Vocations, e-mail at or call 937-642-3171.

Following are some comments from Erin Pfister of Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue:

"I sent (Anna Ford) an email saying we could help, and it escalated from there," said Pfister, adding that New Vocations had done a horse trade with Akindale once before. "(Horse rescue facilities) need to help each other out, and this is a good example of that." 

Akindale currently boards around 150 horses at its facility, half of which are adoptable, and half of which are permanent residents due to various health conditions.

"I have had three people email me already about sponsoring (Hotstufanthensome)," said Pfister. "We’re really excited, and (jockey) Richard Migliore (who rode Hotstuf during his career) came out this morning to see the facility. He’ll come out again after Hotstuf comes. It’s been such a happy feeling to be able to help a horse like him."

Pfister said Hotstufanthensome would probably be buddied with Greeley’s Legacy in the same paddock. Eventually, she plans on adding grade I winner Evening Attire and others to the mix. Once Hotstuf is settled into his new home, I will post an update blog with some photos.

I want to thank all my readers for your interest in this story and your support! You all have proven to not just complain about a situation, but actually do something about it, and that has made all the difference in this horse’s life.

Gorgeous Gray Gelding Suitable for Any Discipline!

Determined Again is a very cute, lovely 7 year old gelding with heaps of potential in the right hands.  Sound and without vices, he stands 15.3hh and is good to clip, shoe, bathe etc and has just graduated to all day turn out with 10 other geldings and is doing extremely well. He learns quickly and lunges on vocal command. Under saddle, he settles and is progressing quickly in the arena and has never demonstrated any malice.  He is still learning to move out from the shoulder which will come with time.  The video is from the first time in nearly 5 months that he was ridden.  He has been extensively trail ridden alone and has done fantastically with no spook even ignoring a dog chasing a rabbit right under his feet! 

Determined Again has an old resolved bow to his right front and came to us in August 2010. At that time, he had a small amount of fluid on the left front tendon and was stall rested and rehabbed. He has recently undergone a soundness evaluation and deemed sound and suitable for adoption without restriction. Interested adopters are invited to contact our vet with questions.

Determined Again is a very pleasant horse to be around and deal with but will require a confidant experienced rider. He is suitable for all pursuits but we feel with his looks and movement, he would better be suited for low level hunters. He is currently stalled at night and wears blankets.

To view full details on Determined Again, please CLICK HERE.

Sweet Standardbred Mare Ready To Hit The Trails!

This is an exceptionally pretty, naturally gaited mare that raced 100 times and raised six foals.  All of her foals raced well, but her owner no longer cared to breed.  She was adopted to a home and due to some life changes was returned to us.  Jogger is very well balanced with a full body, and large intelligent eyes.  She has had lots of riding time, single and double, and has even cantered. 

Jogger is an extremely smooth ride, short enough to be easy to mount, and strong enough to carry a larger rider.   She’s recommended for casual to moderate riding.  Jogger is looking for a companion to enjoy some trails with, she does well alone or with pasture mates.  She rides well in a snaffle on a relaxed rein.

To view full details on JD Jogger, please CLICK HERE.

Adoption Success Story

Here at New Vocations we take great delight in receiving updates on adopted Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds in their new homes.

Out On Top,  a 7 year old Thoroughbred gelding, is this month's featured Success Story.  "Cullen" - as he is now called - raced 26 times with earnings totaling $73,498. After his last race in August, 2009, Cullen was claimed by long-time New Vocations supporter Kim Zito who immediately donated him to the program.

Just 2 months later, on October 5, 2009, Cullen was adopted by Samantha Henley. Samantha was searching for a fun companion to train as an eventer and found a perfect match in Cullen. He settled into his new home very quickly, and has become a great new addition to the herd. His adopter reports that Cullen enjoys his new pasture mates and is always the first horse at the gate looking for attention. He is also been started in his new training program and is showing great potential over fences, as evident in the picture featured above. We look forward to watching Cullen progress in his new career.

Congratulations to Samantha and her new Thoroughbred partner Out On Top!

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