Schivarelli is cool guy with an amazing history. This classically handsome hunk raced in many graded stakes, including the Wood Memorial (G1), the Forego Stakes (G1), and the Churchill Downs Stakes (G2), and his almost half a million dollars in earnings proves his success.
Now retired, “Schiv” has proven to not only be a first-class dude but a lovable goofball as well! This sweet guy comes right up to anyone at the sound of a peppermint wrapper with ears forward and a kind expression. While he is very easy to handle on the ground, Schiv does everything with a confident air. His gentle soul combined with his proud, playful nature make him a truly special guy. He has never met a stranger and is always willing to come right up to our staff and visitors to say hello and seek out attention.
He has been turned out with a many types of horses while he has been here. Whether younger, older, playful, quiet, or shy, he has been a reliable turnout buddy for all kinds and displays mature leadership. He has also been out alone and doesn’t care to be independent. Like many well-handled horses, Schiv is a pro for bathing, tying, mane-pulling, clipping, and standing. He has no stall vices and enjoys spending his days inside dozing under his fan.
Under saddle, Schiv is a brave mount. He walks with a purpose and is very willing to please his rider. His manners at the mounting block are great—he stands patiently while his rider gets on and walks off quietly without issue. Schiv is learning to let his rider open a gate from his back and has made great progress! He works alone and in company and has never displayed any naughty behavior or been hot or strong. He listens very well to his rider and is quiet. On the trails, Schiv is unbothered by hacking out in open, unfenced fields, through wooded trails, or down the road.
At this time, Schivarelli is best suited to at least an intermediate rider looking for a trail riding partner.
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.