Horse Stats
Name: Tam O' Shanter
Barn Name: Sirius
Age: 2012
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.1 1/2 hh
Color: Dark Bay
Adoption Fee: $1,000
Location: Lexington, KY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 4
Highlights: Winner
Total Earnings: $27,900
Last Race: 7/27/18
Sire: Mineshaft
Dam: Fleuron
Other Notable Pedigree: A.P. Indy, Seattle Slew, Secretariat, Gay Missile, Hoist the Flag, Hail to Reason, Riverman
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Calling all Harry Potter fans!! Sirius is a stunning guy, with beauty and brains he’s the complete package! Being older than most of the younger geldings and having had some let down time prior to starting his training, Sirius is easy to handle on the ground and has a more laid back personality. He is good for bathing, standing for the farrier, and tying. In turnout, Sirius enjoys playing with his pasture mates and tends to be closer to the top of the herd hierarchy. He also loves mud and frequently comes inside every morning covered head to toe and looking very proud of himself! This handsome dude has an endearing eye and is built like a nice athlete with his shorter back and uphill way of going.
Under saddle, Sirius is a responsive, quiet ride. He stands quietly at the mounting block and is not hot or strong. Sirius picks up both leads well and is nicely balanced both directions. His trot and canter are both nice and lofty with plenty of step (I mean check out that trot in his video!). Sirius is a lovely uphill mover and is very comfortable, making him an ideal jumper or dressage prospect. He has been started over ground poles and is unfazed by new challenges. He is very brave and has been ridden alone and in company. His mouth is very soft and he is most often ridden in just a loose ring snaffle on a loose rein, but he is accepting of contact from the rider’s hand as well. Sirius would be suitable for all disciplines for at least an intermediate rider with a trainer.


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.