New Vocations

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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John William Pope Foundation Awards $80,000 To Thoroughbred Nonprofits

The John William Pope Foundation, a grantmaker based in Raleigh, N.C., has awarded $80,000 to Thoroughbred-related nonprofits during its most recent board meeting. Recipients included Backstretch Employee Services Team of NY for citizenship classes for track employees ($5,000); Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation for a study examining PET technology’s use in the early detection of fetlock […]

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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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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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Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Accredits 40 Organizations In 2019

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced today that 40 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations have been awarded accreditation effective immediately. The list of 40 organizations includes 32 that were reaccredited and eight that received accreditation for the first time. The TAA, the only accrediting body in Thoroughbred aftercare, now has a network of 74 organization with approximately 160 […]

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Over $110,000 Raised Through New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced today that the early estimate of funds raised during their Breeders’ Cup Pledge will be over $110,000. Vino Rosso’s win in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic was one of six winning pledges during the event with both owners Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable participating, as well as trainer […]

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Fifty Breeders’ Cup Connections Commit Percentage Of Winnings To New Vocations

A growing list of prominent owners, trainers and jockeys are stepping up to support racehorse aftercare by participating in the New Vocations Breeders’ Cup Pledge. Now in its 10th year, the Pledge has raised over $550,000, with 100 percent of funds raised supporting the program’s rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming efforts. “I’ve been a longtime supporter of […]

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