Horse Stats
Name: Always An Optimist
Barn Name: Optimist
Age: 2009
Gender: Gelding
Height: 15.3 1/2 hh
Color: Bay
Adoption Fee: $400
Location: Bloomfield, NY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 159
Total Earnings: $139,717
Last Race: 9/22/18
Sire: Cheyenne Rei
Dam: Keystone Raider mare
Other Notable Pedigree: Western Hanover and Keystone Raider
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Nine year old Always An Optimist is a classy, dark bay gelding that looks more like a Thoroughbred than the Standardbred he is! Looking like a hunter horse, Optimist has nice scope and size and has taken easily to being a riding horse. Standing at 15.3, he is very balanced and put together. He has a gorgeous head and neck! Under saddle, he has a nice, ground covering trot and is happy to go both directions on the rail and can do patterns all day.  Optimist raced on the pace, but has not offered to gait under saddle. With his balance, he seems like he could be taught to canter as well. Optimist has also been started over some low jumps and seems to love this! Just point him and he willingly loves to hop right over them.  He is confident and acts like he has been a riding horse for years as nothing seems to bother him at all. He is the same riding outside or inside.  Always An Optimist is well suited for showing, driving, foxhunting, endurance, jumping and trails. This super nice gelding is out of a Keystone Raider mare and this line has produced beautiful riding horses that have won many times in the show arena and can canter well. We see Optimist being able to do all of that! 

Optimist raced for most of his life and was very successful. He has been very sound since arriving to New Vocations and needed no rehab time. Optimist is ready for his second career and ready to soar! 




New Vocations’ adoption fees are intentionally set lower than the cost of buying most Thoroughbreds or Standardbreds through a private seller. In today’s market, it’s not unusual for horses coming right off the track to be listed for sale at a price between $2,000 and $5,000. At New Vocations, a fee is set for each horse that will ultimately help the horse find a home quickly. The program’s facilities are always at full capacity, which means the program cannot take in an additional horse until one is adopted. Adopters should be encouraged to know that by adopting a horse through New Vocations, they are actually helping two horses transition to careers outside of racing.

Additionally, adopters get great value for their money: The majority of the horses have been in the program for a minimum of 60 days. During that time, horses are rehabilitated (if needed), socialized with other horses, fully evaluated and worked with by a professional trainer. New Vocations fully discloses the history of each horse and provides all available medical records, many of which include X-ray and ultrasounds.

While adoption fees are low, it should be noted that the costs associated with the ongoing care and additional training for each horse post-adoption can be high. New Vocations hopes that by helping an adopter save money upfront that he or she will have more funds available to cover the ongoing costs of properly caring for a horse.