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Kentucky Horse Council’s ‘Prosecco for Ponies’ brunch fundraiser set for Oct. 12 at Mereworth Farm

The Kentucky Horse Council has announced that the “Prosecco for Ponies” brunch fundraiser will be held on Oct. 12 at New Vocations at Mereworth Farm. The event begins at at 10:30 a.m. “Prosecco for Ponies” is a brunch event to benefit the Kentucky Horse Council. Brunch will be catered by Local Feed out of Georgetown, and there will also be a mimosa and bloody mary bar. There...

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...

Charitable Impact Group to host Derby handicapping event benefiting thoroughbred charities April 26

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), and New Vocations have been named the co-beneficiaries of the Charitable Impact Group’s fifth annual Kentucky Oaks and Derby Handicapping Benefit Dinner. The event will be held at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington on April 29 at 6 p.m. NBC racing analyst Donna Brothers will host a panel of handicappers including Daily...

University of Kentucky equine career fair will connect students, employers March 6 at Spindletop Hall

By Emma Tilghman Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host its 10th annual UK Equine Career and Opportunity Fair from 4:30 to 7 p.m. EST March 6 at Spindletop Hall in Lexington. The fair is planned each year by students for students through a class within UK’s Equine Science and Management undergraduate degree program. This is a free event open to all college students...

New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show included 250 horses from 22 states, raised $75k

The third annual New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show featured over 250 horses traveling from 22 states to compete and nearly $75,000 raised to support racehorse aftercare. Held in conjunction with The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), the show offered newly retired racehorses, as well as seasoned show horses, a chance to compete at the iconic Kentucky Horse Park...

UK Ag Equine Program hosting free farm and facilities expo at New Vocations on June 8

The University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host an Equine Farm and Facilities Expo from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 8, at New Vocations at Mereworth Farm, 719 Dolan Lane in Lexington. The event is free, and a meal will be provided. Horse owners and farm managers will have the opportunity to visit exhibitor booths and see a range of equipment and supplies for horse farms of all sizes....

Free career fair brings college students into contact with potential equine industry employers

The University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host its ninth annual UK Equine Career and Opportunity Fair from 4:30 to 7 p.m. EST March 7 at Spindletop Hall in Lexington. The free event provides college students with the chance to meet prospective equine industry employers and to learn about potential volunteer, internship and part-time and full-time employment opportunities. In addition to booths...

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...

Second annual New Vocations Charity Thoroughbred Show draws from 11 states, raises $30,000

The New Vocations Charity Thoroughbred Horse Show celebrated its second year with over 600 hunter/jumper rounds and over $30,000 raised to support racehorse aftercare. Held in conjunction with The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program, the show, expanded into a two-day format, offered newly retired racehorses, as well as seasoned show horses, a chance to compete at the iconic Kentucky Horse...

Charitable Impact sets Kentucky Oaks and Derby handicapping fundraiser for May 2

The Charitable Impact Group, Inc., will host the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Handicapping event, dinner and silent auction on May 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Keene Barn at Keeneland. The evening will feature Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron, NBC analyst Randy Moss and Daily Racing Form experts Mike Watchmaker and Mike Welsch, as they discuss and handicap the 2016 Oaks and Derby. Hall of Fame jockey...

Headed by American Pharoah’s Baffert, Zayat Stables, over $110,000 raised for New Vocations

New Vocations announced that over $110,000 was pledged by Thoroughbred owners and trainers during their annual Breeders’ Cup Pledge fundraiser. Leading the extensive list of supporters was American Pharoah’s connections of Zayat Stables and Bob Baffert, as well as Stopchargingmaria’s team of Town and Country Racing and trainer Todd Pletcher. Owners and trainers who participated in the fundraising...

Zayat Stables pledges percentage of American Pharoah's purses to New Vocations program

Zayat Stables is pledging a percentage of American Pharoah’s earnings leading up to and including the Breeders’ Cup Classic to support New Vocations (Photo Provided)   New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced Wednesday that Zayat Stables has committed to donating a percentage of American Pharoah’s purse earnings for the remainder of his racing career to support the program’s...

Famed 1,200-acre Mereworth Farm continues to make history as Thoroughbred sanctuary

Mereworth Farm, a 1,200-acre tract of Bluegrass used for generations as a nursery for over 170 stakes-winning Thoroughbreds, is continuing to make history as a sanctuary for unwanted equines and retired racehorses.   Officially christened in 1924 by Walter J. Salmon Sr., Mereworth Farm became one of the most famous names in the American Thoroughbred industry for two generations under the leadership...

UK Ag Equine Program career fair showcases opportunities to work in the equine industry

Equine studies students can explore career opportunities on March 4 at Spindletop Hall.   The University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host its sixth annual UK Equine Career and Opportunity Fair from 4:30 to 7 p.m. EST March 4 at Spindletop Hall in Lexington.   The free event provides college students the chance to meet prospective equine industry employers and to learn about potential...

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...