The ninth annual New Vocations Charity Horse Show was a huge success with over 150 participants and 900 class entries. The two day hunter and dressage event met its goal of raising awareness of the Thoroughbred’s athleticism and versatility beyond the track while raising a much needed $40,000 to help more Thoroughbreds transition to second careers. The event held in Delaware, Ohio offered both Thoroughbred and Open classes and included fifteen Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Classes.
“Despite 100 degree temperatures the show went on and amazingly drew a large crowd” shared Program Director Anna Ford. “We are very grateful for all the sponsors that made the event possible and applaud all the exhibitors for bringing their retired racehorses out to compete. The event is unique in the fact that it brings retired racehorses to the same venue to show and in return funds are raised to support the rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming of future retired racehorses.”
One of the featured classes was the War Horse In Hand which was held to honor Thoroughbreds that had a minimum of 50 starts and or a minimum of $100,000 in earnings. The winner of the class was Florida bred Slew’s Resurrection with 52 starts and $113,000 in earnings with his owner Amanda Mussaro. The crowd favorite was the Thoroughbred Hunter Classic won by Canadian bred Society Fox and his owner Charlotte Clark
A number of industry partners, owners, trainers, and breeders joined together to sponsor the event. This year’s key sponsors include the Ohio HBPA, Whitehorse Stables, James and Anita Cauley, Homewrecker Racing, Eisaman Equine Services, and 100% Racing.
For twenty 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 six facilities in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. 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. In 2011 the program successfully adopted 429 horses into homes. 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