March 1, 2019 – Lexington, KY – New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program will host its fourth annual Open Barn and BBQ event on Friday, April 26 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 international event rider Nick Larkin will offer his perspective on the retraining process of off-track Thoroughbreds.

Winner of the inaugural four-star Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and the inaugural Adelaide International Horse Trials Three Star, Nick has vast experience with and appreciation for the Thoroughbred bred. Jen Roytz, Executive Director of the Retired Racehorse Project, will moderate the sessions as well as a question-and-answer portion at the end of the evening.  

New for the 2019 event, an online auction will open at noon on Friday, April 19, and close at the conclusion of the Open Barn and BBQ on April 26. The auction will include unique experiences and opportunities, such as a private tour of Spy Coast Farm; a lesson with four-star rider Nick Larkin; a fantastic home décor piece from The Tack Shop of Lexington; a Tipperary vest and much more. Once live, the auction can be found at the New Vocations website; you need not be present to win. All proceeds will help New Vocations rehab, retrain and rehome retiring racehorses.

The Open Barn and BBQ begins at 5:30 (gates open at 5 p.m.) and includes live music, dinner, drinks and an educational demonstration for $40 ($20 for children under 12). Open bar provided by Tito’s Vodka and Jackson Family Wines; other beverages will be provided. The address of New Vocations at Mereworth Farm is 719 Dolan Lane, Lexington. Limited tickets are available at Proceeds from the event will benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization.


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 7,000 individuals, with nearly 500 retirees entering the program each year. With facilities in Kentucky, Ohio, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and New York, New Vocations serves over 40 racetracks, working directly with owners and trainers in need of equine aftercare options.

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