April 1, 2019 – LEXINGTON, KY – New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is excited to announce the expansion of the Retrained and Remarkable Challenge, a program designed to shine a spotlight on horses that may be overlooked in the adoption process. Now, adopters from across the United States can adopt a Challenge horse. The goal of the program is to adopt 100 Thoroughbred and Standardbred Challenge-eligible horses between April 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019, finding them qualified, loving homes and second careers.
New Vocations focuses on rehabilitating, retraining and rehoming retired racehorses; they have homed nearly 7,000 horses since their inception in 1992. Upon working with this vast number of horses, it has become clear that most injuries retiring racehorses face can be overcome with proper care and time.
However, the organization has found significant stigma surrounding racing injuries among the riding population, which deters the average equestrian from even considering adopting a retired racehorse. To highlight retired racehorses that may be overlooked by adopters, New Vocations launched the Retrained and Remarkable Challenge in 2018 to help encourage these horses to find homes more rapidly.
Adopters of Challenge horses are invited to vie for $5,000 in cash and prizes at breed-specific shows in the Fall of 2020. Competitors will receive a free stall and free entry into Challenge classes, which include English and western pleasure, hunter hack, trail, driving and an in-hand class. The Thoroughbred Retrained & Remarkable Challenge will take place at the New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington; the Standardbred Retrained & Remarkable Challenge will take place at the Standardbred Classic Horse Show in Ohio.
The program aims to help educate the public on common race-related injuries, stable vices and myths surrounding racehorses, encouraging a better understanding of what will or will not be a limiting factor in a second career. The Challenge seeks to encourage a paradigm shift on how people view racehorses: to change their perspective of retired racehorses, their past and what they can accomplish in the future.
New Vocations is proud to be partnered with The Right Horse, an initiative dedicated to improving the lives of companion animals. The goal of The Right Horse is simple: to massively increase the number of successful horse adoptions in the United States. Our organization is honored to be able to assist hundreds of horses each year with their transition from racehorse to riding horse. We know that retiring racehorses are vulnerable: with no skills as a riding horse, they could potentially end up in a bad situation with no one to act as their advocate. New Vocations seeks to stand in the gap for noncompetitive, often injured racehorses, providing a peaceful environment and skilled hands to assist in their development as pleasure mounts. Our mission is to place these horses in experienced, loving homes that will continue their education so each has a skill and therefore, a future. We believed deeply in The Right Horse’s mission and are excited to be a part of their journey. Learn more at therighthorse.org
Founded in 1992, New Vocations is the largest racehorse adoption charity in the country. Its mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses has led to the placement of nearly 7,000 individuals, with almost 500 retirees served by the program each year. With seven facilities in Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania, New Vocations serves over 40 racetracks, working directly with owners and trainers in need of equine aftercare options. To learn more about the program visit newvocations.org.