New Vocations Charity Horse Show July 7 & 8 celebrates its ninth year of showcasing the Thoroughbred’s athleticism and versatility beyond the track. The event held in Delaware, Ohio offers both Thoroughbred and Open classes. This year’s show also includes fifteen Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Classes.
Over 140 exhibitors from six states competed last year. The two day hunter and dressage show not only spotlights Thoroughbreds it also raises funds to support New Vocations efforts to rehab, retrain, and rehome retired racehorses. In 2011 the program successfully adopted 429 horses into homes through its six facilities.
“It’s such a joy to see so many retired racehorses competing at the same venue,” 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 funds to help more racehorses excel in second careers.”
A number of industry partners, owners, trainers, and breeders join together each year to sponsor the event. This year’s key sponsors include the Ohio HPBA, 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. 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