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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 bringing together two organizations that are leaders in their fields, we will be able to provide an educational, incentive-based competition for Pony Club members that will ultimately increase the number of retired racehorses being moved into second careers,” says Anna Ford, Thoroughbred Program Director for New Vocations. “We feel very strongly that this program will help educate the public on how much these horses have to offer once they leave the track while providing a wonderful opportunity for Pony Club members to experience equine ownership.”

The New Vocations Pony Club Challenge was made possible through a grant provided by the WaterShed Animal Fund. For the Challenge, New Vocations will provide up to 50 free, retired racehorses, along with a $1,800 stipend, to eligible and pre-approved Pony Club members.

These Pony Club members will compete for $10,000 in cash and prizes at the 2018 USPC Championships East in Dressage, Eventing, Games, Polocrosse, Show Jumping or Western discipline. More information can be found at newvocations.org.

“We are thrilled to partner with New Vocations to give Pony Club members this unique training and ownership opportunity. Education and horsemanship is synonymous with Pony Club, so what better way for members to utilize their Pony Club knowledge. We look forward to seeing a preview of the Challenge at USPC Festival 2017.” Said Teresa Woods, Pony Club Executive Director.

About New Vocations – New Vocations first opened its doors to retired racehorses in 1992. Starting with a single farm in Dayton, Ohio, the program has grown to six facilities in Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Serving over 40 racetracks, the program works directly with owners and trainers in need of aftercare for their horses. New Vocations leads the nation in racehorse adoptions, taking in over 450 horses a year. The focus is on adoption verses retirement as the solution for a large number of horses leaving the track. Through education and adoption, each horse gets a purpose and a home.

From U.S. Pony Clubs Communications

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