Horse Stats
Name: Youthful Spirit
Barn Name: Phil
Age: 2007
Gender: Gelding
Height: 15.3 1/2 hh
Color: Blood Bay
Adoption Fee: $800
Location: Medina, OH
Race Stats
Total Starts: 45
Highlights: 1,9,6
Total Earnings: $14,673
Last Race: 6/5/14
Sire: Ouragan
Dam: Worthy
Other Notable Pedigree: Storm Cat, Mr. Prospector
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Youthful Spirit, “Phil” or lovingly referred to as “Philly Cheesesteak” in the barn, is an adorable forward-moving 12-year-old. You’d never guess his age by his body, brain, and enthusiasm for wanting to work!

He is a love bucket in his stall, always welcoming a head rub with his cute little lip hanging down after a day or night of turnout.

Phil came back to us after 4 years of a dressage career as his adopter’s life changed. He loves the “long and low” lifestyle now and has been a pleasure to have in our program. Under saddle, Phil will do best with a quiet advanced rider who understands that questions come from your seat and leg, as he can be a bit sensitive in the mouth. Phil loves to learn—he thinks he knows it all and sometimes forgets he doesn’t. When asked to try something he hasn’t been shown before, he does it willingly once he understands the question. 

Phil has started jumping (check out the video of him over his first crossrail with rider and free jump video!), and we think he’d be a fantastic jumper or eventer. He currently goes in a rubber snaffle, stands like a champ at the mounting block, and loves to be ridden outside. Turnout is a must for this handsome boy, as he loves to explore and socialize.



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.