The fifth annual New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show was a resounding success with a record-breaking number of horses—more than 450—traveling from 26 states to compete in hunter, jumper, pleasure, Western and dressage disciplines.
Additionally, nearly $120,000 in sponsorships were raised through this year's event. This is the most the show has ever raised and will go directly to support New Vocations' efforts to rehab, retrain and rehome retiring racehorses.
Held in conjunction with The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), the show offered newly retired racehorses, as well as seasoned show horses, a chance to compete at the iconic Kentucky Horse Park, including the famed Rolex Stadium, Walnut Arena, and Claiborne and Stonelea rings.
“The growth of this horse show, in both competition size and sponsorships obtained, has been incredible,” said Sarah Coleman, New Vocations' Director of Public and Community Relations. “We had 37 New Vocations grads show here this year; to see these horses come full circle reminds us why we work so hard to rehab, retrain and rehome retiring racehorses. Those of us involved with Thoroughbreds know just how much these horses have left to give once they retire from the track—it's been a true gift to be able to show the world just how great they are, too.”
Participants in T.I.P. Championships classes competed for over $30,000 in cash and prizes in hunter, jumper, pleasure and dressage divisions.
“Expanding the T.I.P. Championship show into two days in conjunction with the New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Show is an excellent way to showcase off-track Thoroughbreds,” said Kristin Werner, senior counsel for The Jockey Club and the administrator of T.I.P. “We are incredibly excited to see how much this show has grown and the amount of attention retired racehorses are getting. The entire show was extremely successful, and we were thrilled to have so many Thoroughbreds compete in the Championships in 2019.”
The largest Thoroughbred-only hunter, jumper and dressage show ever to take place at the Kentucky Horse Park, the event was truly one for the record books. Highlights of the show include:
- 68 War Horses attended the horse show; a War Horse is one that has won over $100,000 or started more than 50 times. Of those 74 horses, 24 had more than 50 starts and 44 who won over $100,000; 16 horses had more than 50 starts and won more than $100,000.
- Winner of the War Horse English Pleasure Walk/Trot was Call Me Tony, shown by Annabelle Devault, of South Carolina. Call Me Tony is a 2001 Kentucky-bred gelding by Runaway Groom bred by T. V. Smith & Thomas L. Nichols and last raced by Poppa Dukes Stables and trainer Joseph Imperio. He made 85 starts and earned $666,446 during his career. Winner of the War Horse English Pleasure Walk/Trot Canter was New Vocations-graduate Peppermint Prince and rider Jocelyn Clegg. Peppermint Prince is a 2009 gelding by Wildcat Heir, bred in Maryland by Carol A. Kaye and Robert Gerczak and raced by owner/trainer Nestor Rivera. He made 97 starts throughout his career and earned $217,104.
- Winner of the War Horse In-Hand was Recurring Dream, shown by South Carolina-based Jace Sexton. Recurring Dream is a 2009 New York-bred gelding by Lion Heart who raced 12 times and earned $105,600. He was bred by Flying Zee Stables, raced by High Hope Stables LLC (William J. Price) and trained by Archibald J. Kingsley, Jr.
New Vocations handed out several special awards, including:
o The Thoroughbred that earned the most money racing (Tower Of Texas, $936,312);
o The Thoroughbred that raced most recently (New Vocations graduate She's A Blossom, 5/2/2019);
o The Thoroughbred with the most starts (Congrats Criminal, 99 starts);
o The oldest Thoroughbred competing (McVille, 3/23/1992); and
o The Thoroughbred that sold for the highest auction price (Fusillade, $800,000).
o The group that traveled the farthest to compete (horses and riders from Sharkey Farms, in Snoqualmie, Washington, near Seattle, hauled nearly 2,400 miles!).
Seventy-six horses competed in the Hunter Derby.
o In the Open Hunter Derby, Candour and Tess Fortune of Kentucky, were crowned Champions. Candour is a 2012 Kentucky-bred gelding by Candy Ride (ARG) bred by Glenna J. Salyer, DVM and raced by Woodford Racing and trainer Christophe Clement. He earned $2,625 in two starts.
o In the Junior/Amateur Hunter Derby, the Champions were Kentucky-based Jennifer Day and Gilded Humor, an unraced 2005 gelding by Distorted Humor bred by Diamond A Racing Corp.
Seventy-two horses competed for a total of $6,000 in Jumper Stakes:
o Champion in the $1,500 Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Stake was Hello Roo, shown by Julia Varner, of Virginia. Hello Roo is a 19-year-old unraced mare by Secret Hello, bred in Virginia by Janie White.
o In the Low Open Jumper Stake Champion, Full Throttle and Morgan Emerson, of Georgia, took top honors. Full Throttle, registered with The Jockey Club as Mr. Hollywood, is a 2010 Illinois-bred gelding by Deputy Wild Cat. He was bred by Pam Davis, and he made 42 starts, earning $62,420 for owner/trainer Sara Stanoszek.
o The Champion of the Junior/Amateur Jumper Stake went to When In Rome, shown by Mia Valdez, of Virginia. When In Rome is an unraced 2013 West Virginia-bred gelding by Officer Rocket (GB) registered with The Jockey Club as Princeofthevalley.
o The Open Jumper Stake Champion was FGF Cold Hard Blast, shown by Devon Oliver, of Georgia. FGF Cold Hard Blast (who raced as Cold Hard Blast), a 2012 gelding by Jump Start bred by Spring Run Farm LLC, made one start for owner Prima Ventures LLC and trainer Ramon F. Martin. He earned $300.
Riders had the option to ride dressage, eventing dressage and Western dressage tests at this year's show. The best scores in each type of test were:
o Dressage: Corey Paradine and Banker's Star earned a 77.629% riding USEF Training Level Test 1;
o Eventing Dressage: Kate Pointis and Farley's Return, who earned a 26.9 riding the USEA Beginner Novice Test of Choice; and
o Western Dressage: Lauren Burke and Midnight Bleu (a New Vocations grad registered as Frank's Gift), who earned a 75.417% in the Western Dressage Basic Test of Choice.
Thanks to all our generous sponsors, who helped make it possible for New Vocations and The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program to host the largest All-Thoroughbred show yet and further support aftercare efforts:
$10,000 Show Sponsors:
$7,500 Winner's Circle Sponsors:
The Kia Stores of Louisville
$7,000 War Horse Class Sponsors:
$5,000 Jumper Stake Sponsors:
Iris Smith Stables
James & Anita Cauley
Churchill Downs Foundation
$5,000 Rolex Hunter Arena Sponsor:
$3,000 Walnut Arena Sponsor:
Churchill Downs Foundation
$2,500 Hunter Derby Sponsors:
Jill & Bob Baffert
Katherine Lingner, DVM
Mathis Stables LLC/Bill & Terry Mathis
Steve & Andrea Zamansky
$2,000 Stonelea Ring Sponsor:
White Fox Farm
$2,000 Claiborne Ring Sponsor:
$1,000 High-Point Sponsors:
Diamond Racing Inc (Lisa Gabriel)
John & Elizabeth Fort
Irish Charm Thoroughbreds LLC
$1,000 Welcome Wagon Sponsors:
Equine Integrative Therapy
Robert V. LaPenta
Seidman Stables LLC
$500 Specialty Award Sponsors:
Baum Plumbing and Heating Company
Brown Racing Stable
Canaan Creek Stables
Copper Fox Farm, LLC
David & Fay Donk
Ralph M. Evans
Justice Real Estate
Kentucky Performance Products
The Nolan Family LLC
Porcupine Flatts LLC
Prospect Farm, Mike & Sharon Kvistad
Treadway Racing Stable
Joe & Ellen Williams
$300 Division Sponsors:
Dr. Dionne Benson
Dinsmore Equine Law
Maureta and Gene Ott, Foxfield Farm
Cindy McDonald in honor of Bonfire Rising
Porcupine Flatts LLC
Mindy & Doug Ridgeway
Tri-County & Gee Zee Stables
$100 Class Sponsors:
Andrews Dispute Resolution
Lois R. Angeletti
Florence & Richard Audevard
Castle Village Cares
Dan Pitts Racing
Rhonda & Mike Erwin
Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, in honor of Dot's recovery
Mr. and Mrs. James Fraser
Futurity Capital LLC
Images by Mathea Kelley
Jodi Sargent Photography
KBC Horse Supplies
Lily Pad Stables/Michelle Shaw
Bruce N. Levine Training Stable Inc.
Obrecht Racing Stable
R.C. Kline Thoroughbreds
Paul J. Roche
Virginia Campbell Scott
Second Look Saddlery Consignment Tack Shop
Silver Lining Farm & Lisby Roberson
The Bell Group
Three Crowns Farm
Total Horse Equine Massage
Zimmer Tractor, Aurora, Indiana
Joan Townsend & Gene Jestice
Pin Oak Stud LLC
Retired Racehorse Project
The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance
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