Horse Stats
Name: Brighten My Day
Barn Name: Sunny
Age: 2015
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.2 hh
Color: Chestnut
Adoption Fee: $1000 plus a $200 donation (eligible for shipping credit up to $500)
Location: Hummelstown, PA
Race Stats
Total Starts: 2
Total Earnings: $800
Last Race: 9/10/2017
Sire: Awesome Again
Dam: Surf N Sand
Other Notable Pedigree: Boston Harbor, Deputy Minister
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Brighten My Day is known around the barn as Sunny. Sunny is an “in your pocket” personality because he always wants your attention. Sunny stands well for the farrier. He enjoys grooming and bath time. Sunny is good in turn-out and gets along well with others. He is good to handle on the ground. 
Sunny has been with us since November  2017 and has been fully rehabbed from a left front superficial digital flexor tendon injury which occurred in September 2017. He has no limitations and we feel he would be best suited as a hunter. Sunny is truly one of the best horses we’ve ever had at our Pennsylvania facility, we have thrown so many new things at him and he just took them all in stride like no other horse we have ever had! Sunny has a calm disposition and is easy going under saddle. He is quiet and accepts the leg. With his good brain and temperament to match, Sunny will truly brighten a lucky adopter’s days for many years to come.
Brighten My Day is Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such he will receive a shipping credit of up to $500, and an invitation to compete in Challenge-specific classes at the 2019 New Vocations Charity Horse Show Series. R&R adopters who choose to participate in the competition will be eligible to compete for $5,000 in cash and prizes; they will also receive a FREE stall at the Charity Horse Show and FREE entry into Challenge classes.


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.