A vocal, devoted proponent of Thoroughbreds as sport horses, eventing powerhouse Laine Ashker will offer insight on her passion at the Thoroughbreds For All Event on Friday, April 24. Hosted by New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Retired Racehorse Project, this event showcases the versatility of the Thoroughbred; it will once again take place at the conclusion of the Thursday dressage phase of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event from 5-9 p.m.
Held at New Vocations Lexington facility, West Wind Farm, in Lexington, Ashker will enlighten the expected 600 people in attendance on what she looks for in a Thoroughbred, what has her so enamored with the breed, and what her plans and goals are for the rest of 2015 and forward.
â€œBeing that my whole eventing career has been built on the withers of an OTTB, I truly believe with all my heart there is no better partner with which to share our love of eventing. There's nothing quite like an OTTB to carry you through the finish lines in whatever equestrian sport that drives your passion,â€ says Ashker.
Ashker will make her fourth trip to the Bluegrass on OTTB Anthony Patch, a 16-hand, bay gelding. Having owned and ridden â€œAlâ€ for the last 12 years, Ashker credits her relationship with him as a key to their eventing success. The duo has competed at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event four times, as well as winning the American Eventing Championship is 2013.
Riding under the watchful eye of both her mother and international three-day event rider Buck Davidson, Ashker brings her horses along herself, including three of which she bought directly from the racetrack and trained up to the four-star level.
Other presenters at this yearâ€™s Thoroughbreds For All include international high-performance dressage 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 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