Horse Stats
Name: Blend Of Gold
Barn Name: Gold
Age: 2012
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.3 hh
Color: Dark Bay/Brown
Adoption Fee: $1000 Plus $200 Donation
Location: Xenia, OH
Race Stats
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Total Earnings: $0
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Sire: Smart Strike
Dam: Blending Element
Other Notable Pedigree: Mr. Prospector, Raise A Native
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Feast your eyes on this tall, dark and handsome man! Blend Of Gold has a puppy dog personality and enjoys being loved on. He really looks to his rider for confidence, so needs someone experienced and quiet with a firm hand to help him along; he is not for a novice rider. Encouragement and patience will be your best friends in bringing Gold along, and he will thrive with a regular training regimen. This guy has a powerful stride and awesome movement waiting to be unlocked! He looks the part of a competitor and with training, strength and reassurance, he will be a show-stopper. 

Gold is turned out with a small group of geldings, and does his best to stay out of trouble. He is always the first to come over and say “hi” but is quite sheepish about it, and is easily pushed away by his more dominant mates. He stands quietly in cross ties and is well-behaved on the ground. He does have a previous tendon injury that has fully healed and should not hold him back, and he has no vices. He had race training, but did not race.



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.