The ninth annual New Vocations Charity Horse Show in Delaware, Ohio, attracted more than 150 participants and 900 class entries and raised more than $40,000 to help the organization devoted to helping Thoroughbreds transition to new careers.
The July 7-8 event offered both Thoroughbred and open classes and included 15 Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Classes.
"We are very grateful for all the sponsors that made the event possible and applaud all the exhibitors for bringing their retired racehorses out to compete," program director Anna Ford said in a release. "Despite 100 degree temperatures the show went on and amazingly drew a large crowd. The event is unique in the fact that it brings retired racehorses to the same venue to show and in return funds are raised to support the rehabilitation, retraining, and re-homing of future retired racehorses."
A number of horse industry partners, owners, trainers, and breeders helped sponsor the event, including the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, Whitehorse Stables, James and Anita Cauley, Homewrecker Racing, Eisaman Equine Services, and 100% Racing.
Serving over 40 racetracks, New Vocations works directly with owners and trainers in need of an aftercare program for their horses. According to the release, in 2011 the program successfully adopted 429 horses into homes.