The 10th annual New Vocations Charity Horse Show was a huge success with more than 1,100 entries and $50,000 raised to support racehorse aftercare.
The Indiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association was the title sponsor of the event, which drew a record attendance in Marysville, Ohio. Many of the exhibitors came to show off their former racehorses in both the Thoroughbred specialty classes as well as open classes. Non-Thoroughbreds also competed, showing their support of New Vocations' efforts.
"It was truly great to see so many retired racehorses competing," said New Vocations program director Anna Ford in a release. "We are ever grateful to the terrific individuals and industry groups that supported the show through the various sponsorship opportunities. These sponsors and all the hard working volunteers make this event possible each year."
Thoroughbreds with backgrounds ranging from one start to more than 90, and from no earnings to more than $500,000, competed side by side. More than $6,500 in cash was awarded through sponsors and the Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program, along with ribbons and a selection of quality prizes.
Among the large number of Thoroughbreds competing, the High Point Champions should be noted. Stakes winner Old Snively, who raced 68 times and earned more than $120,000, was the War Horse Champion.
Bayou Brass, a Dixieland Band gelding with 28 starts and $96,000 in earnings who was traded for a load of hay when he retired, won the Thoroughbred hunter champion. The Florida-bred Moonlight Bay, with just two starts and no earnings, was a star in the jumper ring winning the Thoroughbred Jumper Championship. Lastly, the lightly raced mare, Trouble and Strife, blooming in her second career, was crowned the Thoroughbred dressage champion.
A number of industry partners, owners, trainers, and breeders joined together to sponsor the event. This year's key sponsors include the Indiana HBPA, Ohio HBPA, James and Anita Cauley, Homewrecker Racing, Eisaman Equine Services, and 100% Racing.