March 8, 2017 — Lexington, KY – Keeping with a six-year tradition, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program will once again host an entertaining, educational event concurrently with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. During their annual “Open Barn and BBQ,” the organization will open its barn doors to the public on Friday, April 28, at the conclusion of dressage competition at the Kentucky Horse Park.
This year’s event will be held at New Vocations at Mereworth Farm, located just 7 miles from the Park, where guests will get to tour the nearly completed facility and meet adoptable horses. The evening will include a Southern-style dinner, open bar and guest of honor Valerie Ashker who will share her experience of riding across the country on her retired racehorse. Ashker will also help spotlight and critique some of the New Vocations’ horses in-hand in the John A. Hettinger Arena.
“We are so excited to once again welcome the public to our new facility,” said Program Director Anna Ford. “Last year was an overwhelming success despite the fact that only Phase One of the facility was completed. We look forward to everyone seeing how the farm has changed over the past year and incorporating the educational portion that celebrates the heart and versatility of the Thoroughbred back into the evening.”
The highlight of the evening will be a freestyle demonstration by Lindsey Partridge, 2015/2016 Trail Champion and 2016 Freestyle champion at the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover, and her 2017 Makeover horse. Lindsey will offer insight into her OTTB training methods and why she is so passionate about off-track Thoroughbreds.
“I love OTTBs because they have so many great qualities: They have a great work ethic, are athletic and have a variety of talents,” explains Lindsey. “Thoroughbreds are often stereotyped into certain disciplines or as being hot-headed and crazy. I love showing people that Thoroughbreds are capable of so much more and can be a calm partner.”
Tickets to the Open Barn and BBQ, which will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., include live music, dinner, drinks and demonstrations for $25. The address of New Vocations at Mereworth is 719 Dolan Lane, Lexington. Limited tickets are available at newvocations.org. This event is sponsored by AmWest Entertainment and Siena Farm; proceeds from the event will benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, a501(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 6,000 individuals, with over 400 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
About Lindsey Partridge and Harmony Horsemanship:
Based in Canada, Lindsey is an accomplished horsewoman who utilizes natural horsemanship to train her horses and Centered Riding to help teach her riders; she has combined these two tools to create her own Harmony Horsemanship. Also a published author, Lindsey also won the 2016 Extreme Cowboy Shoot Out Race and played a role with her horses in the movie Unbridled.