Around The Track Podcast Presented By Taylor Made: New Vocations’ Anna Ford

by | 12.04.2017 | 1:50pm
Clare Barlow, Anna Ford (center), and Amy Allison of New Vocations accept a 2017 Thoroughbred Charities of America Award of Merit

Having grown up with a fifth generation Standardbred training father and a mother who ran the family's breeding farm, Anna Ford has been around horses since the first day of her life.

In her role at New Vocations, a celebrated Thoroughbred retraining and rehoming organization, Ford has helped extend the useful lives of hundreds of ex-racehorses. In this episode of Around the Track, learn about the evolution of the racing industry's involvement in Thoroughbred aftercare, favorite stories of adoption, and more about the challenges and rewards of getting racehorses into second careers.

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  • David Juffet

    Worth the listen, very nice.

  • SusanKayne

    If everyone in the TB world was required to witness the violent death Thoroughbreds suffer in slaughter plants, and I mean everyone, I am near certain that no TB would ever be slaughtered, and that those who condone such as a humane end-of-life solution would not be tolerated.

    Every day, I am involved with identifying and redeeming registered thoroughbreds from livestock auctions and kill pens – many with racing plates still affixed. The numbers are waning because most owners and trainers now ship straight to kill in order to circumvent racetrack ‘anti-slaughter’ policies.

    Equally heart-rending are the blessed broodmares who after giving birth to the dreams of a breeder, are priced by the pound, dressed in a rope halter and slaughter tag, and herded into holding pens to await transit to death.

    I can tell you firsthand, from speaking with numerous breeders, along with last on-track connections that despite stating that they are ‘anti-slaughter’ the majority have no interest in helping to avert, or save their horse from shipping to a brutal butchering in Mexico or Canada.

    The only reason a registered thoroughbred is upon this earth is because a breeder has unilaterally chosen to bring that life onto this planet… What kind of person brings a sentient creature to life, names it, uses it, profits from it, and when that same being is alone and abandoned at a livestock auction, or in a kill pen, turns a blind eye as if he or she never existed?

    To excuse responsibility due to an inability to track a racehorse in this day and age is ludicrous – if the same identifying criterion where applied to horses leaving the track as is those entering and racing … no horse would ‘fall through the cracks’.

    It confounds me as to how hundreds of millions of dollars can change hands in the early years of Thoroughbred’s life, yet when those same players are asked for a $1,000 to save their homebred from a cruel and certain death the answer is most often NO.

    So, why not limit breeding, ban irresponsible owners, and rid the industry of its bad actors?

    • Evelyn Waugh

      Absolutely. But the savages are now raving about the “export” program with China. How do you think that’s going to go for the poor horses who are “exported” there? Bloody awful–& the nightmare never ends.

      • SusanKayne

        China produces more horse meat than any other country in the world by killing on average over 1.5 million horses annually.

  • Always Curious

    WOW! Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You!

  • Elle D

    Anna, you’re a credit to the industry! I never miss a New Vocations event to support the farm, which has come a lovely long way. Lucky the horses that have found their way to you.

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