Tenth Horse Adopted in New Vocations Pony Club Challenge

by | 04.13.2017 | 2:31pm

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is excited to announce that 10 thoroughbreds have been adopted by United States Pony Clubs, Inc. members as part of the New Vocations Pony Club Challenge. The Challenge is an educational program designed to give Pony Club members an opportunity to adopt retired racehorses. Participants in the Challenge will showcase their horse management and riding skills learned through Pony Club while providing qualified homes and new careers for retired racehorses.

The 10 retired racehorses that have found new homes are: Brandi's Diva, Ouch Ouch Ouch, Why Not Whiskey, Barracuda Bay, Megnog, Sum Up, Go Weapons Hot, Carribean Kid, Our Commodore and Tailwindstorm. The horses have come from New Vocations' facilities in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Ohio, and will be competing in dressage, show jumping, and eventing at the 2018 United States Pony Clubs Championships East. Forty more Thoroughbreds are expected to be adopted before the 2018 competition, which will offer a minimum of $10,000 in cash and prizes.

“I think the best part of the Challenge program is giving an opportunity to those who didn't know how to go about retraining horses,” says Renata Petraitis, who adopted Ouch Ouch Ouch. “I've always wanted a greenie of my own, but I'm not in the financial situation to do so, and this program has given me the chance to not have to put any money down, and helped reimburse parts of owning the horse so that I can learn how to train an off-the-track horse!”

“The New Vocations Pony Club Challenge allows New Vocations to provide 50 free, retired racehorses to eligible and pre-approved Pony Club members,” says Anna Ford, Thoroughbred Program Director. “Each of these horses comes with a $1,800 stipend, which has been generously provided by the WaterShed Animal Fund and the Right Horse Initiative, which focus on bettering the lives of companion animals.”

Learn more about the New Vocations Pony Club Challenge here.

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