May 14, 2018 – Lexington, KY – New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is pleased to announce that 25 horses have been adopted to participate in the Retrained and Remarkable Challenge, which was launched on March 1, 2018. An incentive-based program that offers free shipping and a competition component to eligible horses, the program seeks to place 100 Challenge-eligible retired Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses into qualified, loving homes and second careers in a 10-month period.
“We are extremely excited that the Challenge program is off to such a great start,” said Thoroughbred Program Director Anna Ford. “It’s doing exactly what it is designed to do: Move more horses at a quicker rate that may be overlooked by adopters. Challenge-eligible horses include those that may be limited in what their second careers can entail, have a stable vice or are smaller in stature—none of which make them less valuable as a riding horse for the right person.”
The program offers added incentives to adopters of Retrained and Remarkable Challenge horses with a $500 shipping credit; a free stall at the 2019 New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington or at the 2019 New Vocations Charity Horse Show in Delaware, Ohio; and the chance to compete against other Challenge horses for $5,000 in cash and prizes.
The Challenge seeks to change the public’s perspective of retired racehorses, their past and what they can accomplish in the future. The program aims to help educate equine enthusiasts 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 Retrained and Remarkable Challenge is a Right Horse Initiative Project generously funded by the WaterShed Animal Fund, which invests in innovative programs with exemplary institutions and individuals to better the lives of companion animals. For more information about the Challenge, click here.
About New Vocations:
Founded in 1992, New Vocations has grown into the largest racehorse adoption charity in the country. Its mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses has led to the placement of over 6,400 individuals, with nearly 500 retirees served by the program each year. With six facilities in Kentucky, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania, New Vocations serves over 40 racetracks, working directly with owners and trainers in need of equine aftercare options. www.newvocations.org