The 14th annual New Vocations Charity Horse Show held in Delaware, Ohio was a tremendous success with over 1,200 entries and $30,000 raised to support racehorse aftercare. The Indiana HBPA was once again the title sponsor of the event, which featured hunter, jumper and dressage classes in five arenas over three days. Exhibitors from six different states showed off their former racehorses in both the Thoroughbred specialty classes as well as open classes. Non-Thoroughbreds also competed, showing their support of New Vocations’ efforts.
“Seeing all the Thoroughbreds and their owners competing together is a true testament to New Vocations’ mission to rehab, retrain and rehome retired racehorses. Thoroughbreds are true athletes and no matter what the discipline is they love to compete,” said New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford.
Over 90 Thoroughbreds with backgrounds ranging from one start to 106, and no earnings to over $500,000, competed side by side, proving they can excel in new careers beyond the track. Prizes were awarded through sponsors and the Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program.
A highlight of the show was having New Vocations graduate, Pink Magic, win the Thoroughbred High Point Champion. Off the track less than a year, the Florida-bred gelding was the only OTTB to show in all three disciplines: dressage, hunters and jumpers.
This year’s New Vocations Hunter Classic had 23 entries, with the Thoroughbred Champion going to the 2001 gelding Katie’s Colonel, shown by Tatum Pencek. The New Vocations Jumper Classic had 17 entries, with the Thoroughbred Champion going to the 2003 gelding Catch the Smile, shown by Abby Honeycutt.
New Vocations looks forward to welcoming exhibitors and spectators to their next event, the Kentucky Charity Thoroughbred Horse Show, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington on Sept. 8 and 9, 2017. In its third year, this hunter, jumper and pleasure horse show will be held in conjunction with the inaugural Thoroughbred Incentive Program Championships. Last year the show welcomed 120 horses from 11 states; more horses from a wider geographic area are expected to attend this year. Information on competing at or sponsoring this event can be found at www.newvocations.org/kentucky-charity-thoroughbred-show/
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