New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is proud to announce the 2014 New Vocations Ambassadors who have been selected to represent the organization and help promote retired racehorses in second careers. Launched earlier this year, the ambassador program is offered to equestrians who have adopted a horse from New Vocations and wish to assist the organization in educating the equestrian community on the athleticism, heart, and versatility of retired racehorses.
New Vocations originally expected to start with 10 ambassadors, but with the overwhelming response of New Vocations adopters who applied to participate, submitting beautiful photos and impressive videos on why they would be the ideal ambassador, the program decided to increase the number to 16 ambassadors for 2014.
“We are extremely pleased to have 16 highly qualified equestrians promote racehorse adoptions in their chosen discipline this year,” explained Anna Ford Thoroughbred Program Director. “On any given day we have over 70 horses in our program needing a new home, so it's crucial that we continue to seek ways to educate the public about our program and the versatility of retired racehorses.”
The New Vocations Thoroughbred Ambassadors selected are: Jill Stowe & Dundee; Laura Vorwerk & Sam P; Alexandra Gainer & Gone Ballistic; Peggy O'Neill & Patty Wagon; Abigail Gentry with Bridlemeup & Chanttoomuch; Laura Norton & Angel's Tune; Mary McDonald & Russian Ally; Monica Vollmer & Yankee Wonder; and Nicole Schimweg & Tina H.
The New Vocations Standardbred Ambassadors selected are: Jenna Mock & Ukase Hanover; Amanda Munson & Studs Hooligan; Anne Houle & Lucky NZ; Chris Glover & Silver Match; Debra Schiff & All American Legacy; Patricia Clark & East Meets West; and Bev Patterson & Inglorious Barnard.
Each ambassador will be responsible for promoting New Vocations at various events and shows throughout the year by handing out program literature, displaying banners, and wearing New Vocations apparel. Ambassadors will have their own individual blog page on the New Vocations website where they can post about their show experiences as well as share photos and fun video clips taken at the events. Their equine partners will have an equally important mission to represent retired racehorses as top athletes capable of successfully competing in a variety of disciplines. The disciplines that will be represented this year include: dressage, eventing, hunter/jumpers, endurance, saddleseat, and driving.
New Vocations first opened their barn doors in 1992 to retired racehorses looking for new careers. Starting with a single farm in Dayton, Ohio the program has grown to six facilities in: Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Serving over 40 racetracks, New Vocations works directly with owners and trainers in need of an aftercare program for horses leaving the track. Currently, the program leads the nation in racehorse adoptions, taking in over 400 horses into new homes each year. The program has a sound adoption system in place that is proven to move a large number of horses in a rather short period of time. Their focus is on adoption verses retirement, believing that each horse deserves to have an individual home and a purpose. For more information visit www.newvocations.org.
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