Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement, Monmouth Park Racetrack's Aftercare Program, teams up with New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, a Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) accredited organization.
Managing and caring for Monmouth Park's retired racehorses continues to be a seemingly daunting and non-ending task. Year after year, the number of Thoroughbreds needing homes/careers grows and options diminish. The good news is there is always hope and hope brings potential. For New Jersey's Thoroughbreds it lies in the form of a new partnership between Second Call and New Vocations. Laurie Condurso-Lane, Second Call's Executive Director and Anna Ford, Program Director, of New Vocations, paths initially crossed at the premiere All Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show, at Turfway Park, KY in 2001. Thirteen years later, they meet again.
Condurso-Lane explains. “Second Call's primary goal has always been to ensure the safety and health of any horse who's racing days, for whatever reason, are over.” The primary imperative piece to achieve that goal comes from two of Second Call's New Jersey lay-up facilities. She continues, “Our farm managers, they have something special when it comes to horses…they have rehabilitated some of the best Jersey-breds I have ever seen….it still amazes all of us how the farm managers can take an injured horse and nurse it back to health. The challenge of finding new homes however does not end just because a horse is sound….now for the next step….we need to make sure the horse goes from racehorse to trained riding horse….and that is where Anna steps in.” Ford is a seasoned veteran when it comes to retraining racehorses and for Lane it is a natural fit. “We are very honored to have the opportunity to work with Second Call and look forward to expanding the services we provide to the Monmouth Park horsemen…Second Call is a great example of how horseman and aftercare programs can work together to provide resources and networking to assist in helping horses retiring from the track receive the proper rehabilitation and retraining needed to find suitable second careers,” shares Ford.
Second Call rehabilitates the horse and with a stipend (from funds raised) sends it to New Vocations for retraining and re-homing. Second Call's most recent candidate to enroll in New Vocations training camp is Themanmythnlegend, or as his friends call him, Manny. For an update on Manny and future Second Call/New Vocations horses, please visit: www.sctap.com or www.newvocations.org.
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