Lexington, Ky – April 19, 2017 – New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced today that over 180 retired racehorses entered New Vocations at Mereworth Farm since the new facility officially opened April 15, 2016. Of the horses served 120 were adopted into homes and new careers while the remainder are being rehabilitated or in transitional training prior to being put up for adoption. To date over 450 horses have entered the program through all its facilities. The program sees this number growing next year once the new facility is complete and fully operational.
“We are very thankful for everyone who has supported the capital campaign. Our team has done an amazing job keeping the day to day operations going amid constant construction at the new facility. We have already seen a significant increase in the number of horses we can take. Once complete we look forward to focusing solely on helping as many horses as possible transition into second careers,” said New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford.
The relationship between New Vocations and the Susan Donaldson Foundation’s Mereworth Farm is the first of its kind and is making a dramatic impact on racehorse aftercare. The New Vocations Capital Campaign was launched in 2015 to build the country’s premier racehorse retraining and adoption facility. In addition to the new facility, New Vocations utilizes additional barn space and pastures on Mereworth Farm to provide much needed rehabilitation for the horses entering the program with injuries.
The public is welcome to tour the new facility during an Open Barn and BBQ April 28, that will include dinner, live music and demonstrations. For ticket or further information please visit www.newvocations.org
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 450 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. www.newvocations.org
About Mereworth Farm and the Susan S. Donaldson Foundation:
Mereworth Farm, a 1,200-acre tract of bluegrass used for generations as a nursery for over 170 stakes-winning Thoroughbreds, was founded in 1924 by Walter J. Salmon, Sr. and now serves as a sanctuary for unwanted equines and retired racehorses. Susan Salmon Donaldson acquired Mereworth Farm in 1986 upon the death of her father, Walter J. Salmon, Jr. In 1989, she established the Susan S. Donaldson Foundation to preserve Mereworth after her death as a home for unwanted animals into perpetuity. Donaldson passed in 2011, and her Foundation has worked tirelessly to restore the farm to its original glory, installing new fence lines, seeding pastures, rehabilitating barns and clearing brush. With 170 horses on the property, most of which are retired racehorses, Mereworth Farm is fulfilling Donaldson’s mission to provide a safe haven for horses in need.