Horse Stats
Name: Eddie's First
Barn Name: Eddie
Age: 2011
Gender: Gelding
Height: 15.2 hh
Color: Bay
Adoption Fee: $500
Location: Xenia, OH
Race Stats
Total Starts: 37
Highlights: Black Type Placed, Graded Stakes runner
Total Earnings: $203,636
Last Race: 11/3/18
Sire: Square Eddie
Dam: Teresa Ann
Other Notable Pedigree: Smart Strike, Mr. Prospector
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Eddie’s First is sweet and kind, enjoys attention and affection, and is game to try whatever is asked of him. He nickers at anyone who enters the barn and always has his head over the stall guard awaiting neck scratches. Eddie enjoys a good grooming session to bring out the dapples in his coat, stands well for vet and farrier work, and is very easy to get along with. 

Eddie is a good learner under saddle and happily goes in a quiet rhythm in all three gaits. He hacks out with company and on his own, and is also happy to work in the ring. Eddie is a wonderful partner, learning everything as he goes and never saying “no”. He steps over poles, crosses water, is learning to stretch onto the bit, and easily responds to rider aids. A bit of a push ride, he could excel in many disciplines as he retired sound with no vices and has no known limiting injuries. He has gained loads of confidence and settled well during his time with us, he can go in any direction with an upper-intermediate level rider.

He keeps a watchful eye on his (and everyone else’s) pasture mates and prefers to de-escalate shenanigans rather than get involved. Eddie is quiet in the barn, happy to be on his own or accompanied by neighbors, and is in the middle/bottom of his turnout group. 

Eddie is 2020 Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such he will be invited to vie for $5,000 in cash and prizes at the 2020 New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, where he will receive a free stall and free entry into R&R Challenge classes (which include English and Western pleasure, hunter hack, trail, driving and in-hand 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, we set a fee that will ultimately help each horse find a home quickly. The program’s facilities are always at full capacity, which means we 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 in work with a professional trainer. New Vocations fully discloses each horse’s history and provides all available medical records, many of which include X-ray and ultrasounds.

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