The painting horse and international star, Metro Meteor, announced today the launching of the Metro Fund. When the once talented racehorse retired and later was found unsuitable for a riding career his owner Ron Krajewski, an artist himself, took on the challenge of teaching him how to paint. Metro quickly found a new calling and his artwork has become highly sought after selling for thousands of dollars. From the beginning Krajewski organized for 50% of all Metro art sales to be donated to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. To date over $15,000 has been raised and may double by the end of the year. New Vocations decided to set up an official “Metro Fund” which would designate all of the art sales to support the rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming of horses at the program’s Hummelstown, Pennsylvania facility.
“Metro and Ron Krajewski have created a unique fundraising opportunity that not only raises funds but also raises awareness to what theses amazing athletes can do once they leave the racetrack,” shared Anna Ford New Vocations Program Director. “We are very grateful for the support and look forward to being able to provide our services to more horses through the help of the new Metro Fund.”
Two stalls at the Pennsylvanian facility will be sponsored yearly by the Metro Fund. The program speculates that at least ten retired racehorses will directly benefit from the Metro Fund that would otherwise not be able to come into the program due to lack of funding. The horses in the two stalls, along with their progress, will also be spotlighted on both Metro’s website and Facebook page.
“We are pleased and excited about the establishment of the Metro Fund,” explained Ron Krajewski, “I am very much looking forward to following closely the transitioning and new lives of the retired racehorses that will directly benefit from the fund.”
To learn more about the Metro Fund and/or how to support New Vocations aftercare efforts please visit www.newvocations.org.