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New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

Award Date: April 23, 2019
Awarded: $100,000

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program was founded in 1992 to offer retiring racehorses a safe-haven, rehabilitation, and continued education through placement in experienced, caring homes. It has been New Vocations’ long-term goal to expand its capacity by opening additional satellite facilities and they now have locations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and New York, helping over 400 horses safely transition in 2018.

Over the last year, the program was made aware of some issues in Louisiana concerning horses going directly from the racetrack to livestock auctions. In researching the issue, it was found that there were not many aftercare options for the racetracks and racehorse owners in Louisiana. Utilizing their successful model New Vocations has partnered with Rosie Napravnik, a former jockey and ambassador for retired racehorses, to expand their aftercare services into Louisiana. The program expects to transition 50-100 horses retiring from Louisiana racetracks in the first twelve months and continue to grow its capacity with increased funding and awareness.