JT Stena is a veteran racehorse and still going strong at 18 years young! In fact, he’s always seemed to get better with age, taking his lifetime mark at age 10 on a half-mile track. Further proving his toughness, he hit the winner’s circle a whopping 45 times in his 10 year career.
Nowadays, JT likes to relax a little more, enjoying his turnout time with another older gelding. He’s had lots of trail riding over the last 6 years and should be trail sound for many years to come. He’s novice-friendly to ride and work around. JT is gaited and, with the right rider, offers a very smooth stepping pace. With his laid back personality and his many years of trail experience he would be a super husband or all-around family horse!
JT is 2020 Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such he will be invited to vie for $5,000 in cash and prizes at a 2020 New Vocations Charity Horse Show, 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).
ADOPTION FEE POLICY
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.