March 6, 2018 — Lexington, KY – New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program will host its third annual Open Barn and BBQ event on Friday, April 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. An educational experience held concurrently with the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, the organization will open its barn doors to the public at the conclusion of dressage competition at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Held at New Vocations’ Lexington facility on Mereworth Farm, located just 7 miles from the Park, guests will be welcomed to tour the facility and meet adoptable horses. The evening will include a Southern-style dinner, drinks and live music, followed by an hour-long educational demonstration in the indoor arena. Adoptable horses will be presented in-hand, after which professional horsemen will discuss a Thoroughbred’s life experiences, including farm life, sales prep, breaking and track life, as well as how New Vocations prepares retired racehorses for second careers. A Q&A session on off-track Thoroughbred behavior will round out evening. Guest of honor Donna Brothers will moderate the sessions.
“We are thrilled to once again host this educational and awareness event at our Kentucky location,” said Program Director Anna Ford. “We are very excited to show the public how the facility has changed in the last year and share the process we use to help over 500 horses each year.” The Open Barn and BBQ begins at 5:30 and includes live music, dinner, drinks and an educational demonstration for $35 ($15 for children under 12). Open bar provided by West Sixth Brewing, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Calumet Farm Bourbon and Jackson Family Wines. The address of New Vocations at Mereworth Farm is 719 Dolan Lane, Lexington. Limited tickets are available at newvocations.org. Proceeds from the event will benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization.
About New Vocations:
Founded in 1992, New Vocations has grown into the largest racehorse adoption program in the country. Its mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses has led to the placement of over 6,500 individuals, with nearly 500 retirees entering the program each year. With six facilities in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, New Vocations serves over 40 racetracks, working directly with owners and trainers in need of equine aftercare options. Newvocations.org