New Vocations

Horses On Demand: The Thoroughbred Industry’s Virtual Farm Tour Directory

With a growing portion of the population staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of Thoroughbred farms in Kentucky are helping folks pass the time by offering virtual tours through their social media channels. The first farm to open its doors to the quarantined public in this manner was Claiborne Farm, which walked […]

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Louisiana Derby Contenders Encouraged To Pledge Percentage Of Earnings To New Vocations

 In an effort to assist Thoroughbred aftercare, owners with horses racing at the Fair Grounds on Louisiana Derby Day are being encouraged to pledge a percentage of their earnings to support New Vocations efforts. All funds raised will go directly to support the horses currently at the Louisiana facility, which has already served over 50 […]

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New Vocations To Host Annual Educational Open Barn And BBQ Event

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program will host its fifth annual Open Barn and BBQ event on Friday, April 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. An educational experience held concurrently with the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, the organization will open its barn doors to the public at the conclusion of dressage competition at the Kentucky […]

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New Vocations Joins Visit Horse Country, Combo Tours Launch For Spring 2020

The Visit Horse Country Board of Directors is proud to announce the addition of New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program to its membership roster. The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited (TAA) program is the 40th organization to join Visit Horse Country. New Vocations will begin offering tours of its Mereworth Farm facility location in April. Tour dates and […]

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Thoroughbred Incentive Program To Host Two Championship Events At Kentucky Horse Park

The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) today announced that it has approved nearly 7,000 awards and classes at more than 1,400 shows in 41 states and six Canadian provinces in 2020. Awards are available for multiple disciplines, including eventing, dressage, Western and English pleasure, hunter/jumper, endurance, Western performance, games, and polocrosse. Awards are also […]

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Louisiana HBPA, Fair Grounds Partner To Support Thoroughbred Aftercare

The Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (LAHBPA) and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots (Fair Grounds) have united to partner in an initiative that will expand efforts made by parent company Churchill Downs, Inc. to financially support race horse aftercare. For the entirety of the Fair Grounds’ 2019-2020 Thoroughbred racing season (Nov. 28 thru […]

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Aftercare Should Not Be An Afterthought: Solutions For The Future

This is the conclusion of our three-part series on the state of Thoroughbred aftercare. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Depending on the day, working in Thoroughbred aftercare can feel especially impactful or incredibly futile. On one hand, horse racing has accomplished so much in a short amount of time in […]

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Emptying The Ocean With A Teaspoon: The Challenges Of Aftercare

This is Part 2 in a three-part series looking back at the last decade’s evolution in Thoroughbred aftercare. You can read Part 1 here. It’s easy to scroll through the Horse Care or Aftercare news sections on trade publication websites and feel pretty good about the state of Thoroughbred retirement and rehoming. It seems groups […]

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A Decade In, How Are We Doing With Thoroughbred Aftercare?

A decade ago, the word “aftercare” was not part of the industry vernacular when talking about Thoroughbreds leaving the racetrack. There were a handful of nonprofits which had battled the tide of horses retiring from racing for years. The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation launched in 1983, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program in 1992, Thoroughbred Charities of […]

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