Horse Stats
Name: War Hero
Barn Name: Hero
Age: 2008
Gender: Gelding
Height: 15 hh
Color: Bay
Adoption Fee: $400 — $321 OFF until Sept. 2!
Location: Bloomfield, NY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 78
Highlights: 25 wins!
Total Earnings: $141,962
Last Race: 2016
Sire: Ken Warkentin
Dam: Giant Hit mare
Other Notable Pedigree: Yankee Glide
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War Hero is a 11-year-old classy trotting gelding who had a very nice career and retired sound. After a few years of hanging out, he came to us to get ready for his next career! 

Hero has loved being back in a program and transitioned easily to both English and Western riding. He is very smooth to ride and has a ground-covering trot. He has been introduced to trail obstacles and is wiling to navigate them. He will be a stand-out in a show arena or on trails, or even for endurance and driving.

He is currently barefoot and has excellent feet. Hero is a gorgeous bay with loads of dapples and a perfect white star. This extremely nice horse has loads of potential and will be a super star in his next career! 


Hero 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). 



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.