New Vocations Charity Horse Show celebrates its tenth year of showcasing the Thoroughbred’s athleticism and versatility beyond the track on July 6th and 7th. The show held in Delaware, Ohio offers both specialty classes for Thoroughbreds as well as Open classes. This year the Indiana HBPA graciously stepped up to be the official title sponsor for the event thus increasing their ongoing support of New Vocations’ efforts. Thanks to multiple sponsorships as well as the Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program, an additional $6,550 was raised to be given out as prize money to Thoroughbreds competing at the show.
“We are very grateful for the Indiana HBPA’s sponsorship as well as the many other industry partners, owners, trainers, breeders, and volunteers that make this event possible,” shared Program Director Anna Ford. “The show is a great way to spread awareness as spectators and exhibitors see firsthand the diverse attributes Thoroughbreds have to offer. It’s through events like this that we are able to raise both awareness and vital funds to help more racehorses excel in second careers.”
Last year the event had over 900 entries with exhibitors shipping in from six different states. The two day hunter/jumper and dressage show not only spotlights Thoroughbreds, it also raises funds to support New Vocations’ efforts to rehab, retrain and rehome retired racehorses. In 2012 the program successfully took in over 400 horses at their six facilities. Since its inception, the program has placed nearly 5,000 retired racehorses into carefully screened and monitored homes.
A number of industry partners, owners, trainers, and breeders join together each year to sponsor the event which typically raises over $40,000 each year. This year’s key sponsors include: the Indiana HBPA, Ohio HBPA, James and Anita Cauley, Homewrecker Racing, Eisaman Equine Services and 100% Racing.
For twenty one years New Vocations has provided a safety net for retired racehorses leaving the track and on average takes in over 400 horses a year. Starting with a single farm in Dayton, Ohio the program has grown to six facilities in: Kentucky, Michigan, 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. For more information visit www.newvocations.org