Pictured: Fiesta Oasis, a horse who came to New Vocations through
NYTHA’s TAKE THE LEAD program and who is currently available for adoption


The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) is sponsoring a stall at the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program’s Lexington, KY, facility, and it has been named in honor of the late Rick Violette Jr. An accomplished trainer and former president of the NYTHA, Violette was a steadfast supporter of New York’s horsemen and backstretch workers. He also believed passionately in aftercare for retiring Thoroughbred racehorses, creating the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program and NYTHA’s TAKE THE LEAD Thoroughbred Retirement Program, and serving as founding Board member of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).

“We are deeply thankful to NYTHA for naming a stall at our Mereworth Farm location in honor of Rick,” said Anna Ford, New Vocations Thoroughbred Program Director. “Rick was an avid supporter of Thoroughbred aftercare and he became a wonderful friend as well as advocate for our program; he was always excited to hear how we were growing and expanding. I know he would be extremely pleased with this generous tribute from NYTHA—hundreds of retiring racehorses will be housed in this stall over the coming years as they begin transitional training for second careers. I know in my heart he would be profoundly happy to know the impact of his legacy.”

Added NYTHA Executive Director Andy Belfiore, “There has been a sea change in the racing industry’s outlook on aftercare in the last eight years, and Rick was at the forefront of that transformation. He recognized the importance of the work done by organizations like New Vocations, and the need to throw the weight of our industry behind their efforts. Rick was never one to look for accolades, but he was a difference maker. Naming this stall in his honor is just a small token of our immeasurable appreciation for his work on behalf of retired racehorses.”

TAKE THE LEAD has partnered with New Vocations for the last six years. New Vocations has taken in more than 250 retired racehorses from the program and given them rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming services into qualified, loving homes.


About New Vocations

Founded in 1992, New Vocations is the largest racehorse adoption charity in the country. Its mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses has led to the placement of nearly 7,000 individuals, with almost 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. To learn more about the program visit newvocations.org.

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