Thoroughbreds For All a Celebration of Racehorses in Second Careers
Presented by New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and Retired Racehorse Project
February 12, 2015-Lexington, KY Thoroughbreds For All, an event that showcases the versatility of the Thoroughbred horse, will once again be hosted at the conclusion of the dressage phase of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on Friday, April 24. Hosted at New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Programâ€™s Lexington facility, West Wind Farm, the event will run from 5-9 p.m. and will include a Southern-style buffet dinner.
This yearâ€™s powerhouse lineup will include Laine Ashker, a regular competitor at Rolex Kentucky CCI**** and a 2015 favorite on her off-track Thoroughbred Anthony Patch; international high-performance rider, trainer, coach and clinician Reese Koffler-Stanfield; and world-class colt trainer and winner of both the 2014 Kentucky Reining Cup and the 2014 All-American Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Reining Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship. All three of these great horsemen will share their experiences in working with Thoroughbreds before an expected crowd of over 600 Thoroughbred enthusiasts.
â€œEach year, we look forward to opening our doors to the hundreds of equestrians and passionate Thoroughbred lovers who are interested in learning more about this extremely talented, versatile breed,â€ says Anna Ford, program director for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. â€œ We hope that by bringing top trainers from a variety of disciplines together to demonstrate their knowledge of off-the-track Thoroughbreds that the audience leave our event even more inspired about the Thoroughbred breed--and ultimately consider giving one of them a home and second career.â€
â€œRolex weekend in Kentucky is when horses bred to race remind the world that they can beat horses bred to event in the ultimate equestrian challenge,â€ said RRP President Steuart Pittman. â€œKicking it off with a demonstration of how and why this happens is a thrill for all of us. Laine, Reese and Dan will offer very different perspectives on the training process and I for one will be taking notes.â€
All sessions will be moderated by Steuart Pittman of the Retired Racehorse Project and Anna Ford, Program Director for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. The event will take place just 15 miles from the Kentucky horse park. Tickets are limited to 600 and are available for purchase online at https://eventbrite.com/event/15518199352 for $35 each. Proceeds from the event will benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and Retired Racehorse Project. Both are 501(c) 3 charitable organizations. New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program Founded in 1992, New Vocations has become the largest racehorse adoption program in the country and has facilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. The programâ€™s mission is to rehab, retrain and rehome retired racehorses. In 2014, the program took in over 450 retired racehorses. Working directly with owners and trainers who need aftercare for horses leaving the track, the program currently receives horses from more than 30 racetracks. New Vocations has a sound adoption system that is proven to move a large number of horses in a relatively short period of time. The program focuses on adoption rather than retirement, believing that each horse deserves to have an individual home and purpose. www.newvocations.org
Retired Racehorse Project Retired Racehorse Project works to facilitate placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in the marketplace and inspiring an army of equestrians to provide the training that secures their futures. RRP programs include educational resources, programs at major horse expos, the Bloodline Brag, the Retired Racehorse Resource Directory, and current listings of some 200 horses available for sale or adoption. RRPâ€™s Thoroughbred Makeover at the Kentucky Horse Park on October 23-25 will feature 300 horses being trained for up to nine months in 10 disciplines competing for a projected $100,000 in cash and prizes. www.retiredracehorseproject.org