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New Vocations joins Visit Horse Country, offers tours of Mereworth Farm facility location in April

The Visit Horse Country Board of Directors has announced the addition of New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program to its membership roster. The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited (TAA) program is the 40th organization to join Visit Horse Country. New Vocations will begin offering tours of its Mereworth Farm facility location in April. Tour dates and times can be found at visithorsecountry.com/new-vocations. “We...

New Vocations receives $30,000 in grants from ASPCA as part of Help a Horse Home Challenge

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has received a total of $30,000 from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as part of its annual Help a Horse Home Challenge. The nationwide competition for equine rescues, shelters and sanctuaries is designed to increase equine adoptions around the country. New Vocations earned a $25,000 prize for placing first in Division D and an...

United States Pony Clubs, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program partner in educational challenge

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to partner with New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program to launch an educational challenge designed to give Pony Club members an opportunity to own retired racehorses. Participants in the challenge will be able to showcase their horse management and riding skills learned through Pony Club while providing safe homes and new careers for retired racehorses. “By...

Jill and Dundee, a story with a happy ending for racehorse looking for new meaning in life

(Photo provided)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   When the right rider meets the right horse, something magical happens. And when the right horse is one looking to make its way into a new life, the story becomes a real-life fairy tale.   Meet Jill Stowe of Lexington and Dundee, a retired Thoroughbred racehorse adopted in 2010 through New Vocations, a nonprofit devoted to repurposing...

Former racehorses get a new lease on life through New Vocations adoption program

A superstar Standardbred at the track while pulling a sulky, Special Report has become a reliable riding horse and is an ambassador for the New Vocations retraining and adoption program. (Photo courtesy of Shelley Johnson)   By Liane Crossley Kyforward correspondent   Although they were born to run, racehorses can do much more — all they need is retraining and placement with a suitable...