Old Friends and New Vocations partner to help Thoroughbreds

Old Friends and New Vocations partner to help Thoroughbreds

Postby PJMIII » Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:01 pm

Old Friends and New Vocations have entered into an agreement to benefit Thoroughbreds in their post-racing and post-breeding careers.

http://www.brisnet.com/cgi-bin/editoria ... i?id=43637
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Re: Old Friends and New Vocations partner to help Thoroughbr

Postby WarBiscuit » Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:15 pm

Great idea. Let them remain active and have some fun for as long as possible. Hopefully, there will be plenty of time down
the road to enjoy their paddocks and soak up the sun. I'll bet Gameday News is happy about this as well!

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Re: Old Friends and New Vocations partner to help Thoroughbr

Postby BlindLucky » Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:50 am

This is a great partnership. Makes a lot of sense.

I remember asking to see Smokey Stover at Old Friends a few years ago after his retirement, and they said he wasn't at the farm, he was off at a hunter/jumper show. Not sure who took over his training after he was retired or how they worked out his adoption, but he didn't hang around the farm long :)

Old Friends is a great place for those that really are in their retirement years, but for healthy young horses, I think this is a great idea.
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Re: Old Friends and New Vocations partner to help Thoroughbr

Postby lurkey mclurker » Sun Sep 13, 2015 5:48 pm

Via Twitter today:

Donna Brothers ‏@donnabbrothers 10m 10 minutes ago

Kudos to Repole & Starlight/StarLadies Racing! Prominent Racehorse Owners Donate $100,000 to New Vocations: http://www.thehorse.com/articles/36414/ ... -vocations


Here is the article:

Prominent Racehorse Owners Donate $100,000 to New Vocations
Edited Press Release Sep 13, 2015

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced that prominent racehorse owner Mike Repole and leading syndicate Starlight Racing, along with StarLadies Racing, each donated $50,000 to become Foundation Donors of the program’s capital campaign. New Vocations hopes other owners and syndicates will follow to complete the project.

In May, New Vocations launched its capital campaign to build the nation’s premier racehorse adoption facility in Lexington, Kentucky, on the historic Mereworth Farm. Once complete, the new facility, which will include two 15-stall barns, an indoor arena, outdoor arena, office, and multiple pastures and paddocks, will double the program's Lexington capacity, allowing them to help more retiring racehorses each year.

"Aftercare of retired racehorses is very important to me and should be for any owner,” said Repole. “I encourage other owners to consider donating to the New Vocations Capital Campaign. The program's efforts will be greatly expanded by the new facility, and ultimately more horses will be helped into second careers."

Starlight Racing managing partner Donnie Lucerrelli said, “We’re happy to support the work that New Vocations is doing and are excited to see them expand at Mereworth Farm. They've been rehabilitating, retraining, and rehoming retired Thoroughbreds for a long time, and our contribution to their program is an acknowledgment of the great work they’re doing.”

To date, the New Vocations Capital Campaign has raised $950,000 of the estimated $2 million needed to fund the project. The official ground-breaking took place in June, and to date the Fasig-Tipton-sponsored outdoor arena has been completed, with the construction of the first barn underway. The focus in September is to find four additional Foundation Donors to fund the site work, excavation, building pads, seeding, driveways, and pathways for the 85-acre property. Foundation Donors receive a custom lawn jockey in their choice of name and silks positioned near the New Vocations office at Mereworth Farm that will be seen by hundreds of visitors and adopters each year.

“Thousands of retired racehorses will benefit from the new facility at Mereworth Farm,” said New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford. “We are truly grateful for Mike Repole’s, Starlight Racing’s, and StarLadies’ generous donation to the project. All three have been staunch, ongoing supporters of our mission to rehab, retrain, and rehome retired racehorses.”

Follow the campaign’s progress, make a donation, and learn more about the naming and giving opportunities by visiting the capital campaign’s website at http://www.newvocations.org/capital-campaign.

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Re: Old Friends and New Vocations partner to help Thoroughbr

Postby Sheepish » Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:57 am

Pretty cool!
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Re: Old Friends and New Vocations partner to help Thoroughbr

Postby Catalina » Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:40 pm

WarBiscuit wrote:Great idea. Let them remain active and have some fun for as long as possible. Hopefully, there will be plenty of time down
the road to enjoy their paddocks and soak up the sun. I'll bet Gameday News is happy about this as well!

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I like it, but am also confused. Maybe this was addressed somewhere, but if so I didn't catch it. How exactly does this work? A former racehorse is rescued from auction, the previous owners make arrangements for the horse to be retired to Old Friends (and I feel sure that a certain amount of money, call it a dowry is involved/comes with the horse). Is Old Friends then free to have the horse headed to a different career, with or without retraining at New Vocations, or is that something for which Mr. Blowen needs to seek prior approval from the (previous?) owner? Or did the (previous?) owner relinquish ownership along with handing over funds that I (and maybe they, too) always thought were meant to ensure the horse's retirement?
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Re: Old Friends and New Vocations partner to help Thoroughbr

Postby Catalina » Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:42 pm

Catalina wrote:
WarBiscuit wrote:Great idea. Let them remain active and have some fun for as long as possible. Hopefully, there will be plenty of time down
the road to enjoy their paddocks and soak up the sun. I'll bet Gameday News is happy about this as well!

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I like it, but am also confused. Maybe this was addressed somewhere, but if so I didn't catch it. How exactly does this work? A former racehorse is rescued from auction, the previous owners make arrangements for the horse to be retired to Old Friends (and I feel sure that a certain amount of money, call it a dowry is involved/comes with the horse). Is Old Friends then free to have the horse headed to a different career, with or without retraining at New Vocations, or is that something for which Mr. Blowen needs to seek prior approval from the (previous?) owner? Or did the (previous?) owner relinquish ownership along with handing over funds that I (and maybe they, too) always thought were meant to ensure the horse's retirement?


Hello folks, anybody care to respond??? Much as a like the idea of retraining for a second career, when a horse is bought into a program like Old Friends (meaning that the owner/breeder/former connection hands over money to OF to provide a safe retirement), retraining the horse and throwing it back into the market, is IMO a questionable solution. Shouldn't the horse stay there? I presume that ownership passes over to OF, but does the... sponsor have any say about retraining? After all, we all know (or should know) that getting the horse back from its second career - once the new owner needs or wants a different horse - is problematic at best and sometimes just results in the horse getting back on the slaughter trail, or starving, or whatever. Example of this - not too long ago - even with an OF horse, about which OF promised to put out an official statement - and if anyone did see one, please do provide a link. "Official statement soon" all too often these days seems to be the new immediate response to shut up unwelcome subjects.
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Re: Old Friends and New Vocations partner to help Thoroughbr

Postby Curtis » Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:35 pm

Catalina wrote:Hello folks, anybody care to respond??? Much as a like the idea of retraining for a second career, when a horse is bought into a program like Old Friends (meaning that the owner/breeder/former connection hands over money to OF to provide a safe retirement), retraining the horse and throwing it back into the market, is IMO a questionable solution. Shouldn't the horse stay there? I presume that ownership passes over to OF, but does the... sponsor have any say about retraining? After all, we all know (or should know) that getting the horse back from its second career - once the new owner needs or wants a different horse - is problematic at best and sometimes just results in the horse getting back on the slaughter trail, or starving, or whatever. Example of this - not too long ago - even with an OF horse, about which OF promised to put out an official statement - and if anyone did see one, please do provide a link. "Official statement soon" all too often these days seems to be the new immediate response to shut up unwelcome subjects.


I'm sure once the official statement regarding Bluesthestandard--a statement I've asked Old Friends to follow through with directly--is issued they'll get right on this. But then again I've been told I have no right to ask.
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Re: Old Friends and New Vocations partner to help Thoroughbr

Postby BlindLucky » Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:48 pm

But then again, Bluesthestandard had nothing to do with the New Vocations partnership, so it may be an entirely different thing. An actual contract stating the second career intentions. It's only a guess though, which is probably why there haven't been more responses.

If someone suggests retiring their horse to Old Friends, and they say there's the option of retraining/rehoming with New Vocations if it's a young, sound horse... might be a mutual agreement thing. I don't see them doing this for big name horses--you'll never see Game on Dude up for adoption--but it gives them another way to assist, especially to people with fillies/mares. With so many stallions on the farm, they can't take in many of those. The ones they have are in a paddock in the back corner that visitors never see.
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Re: Old Friends and New Vocations partner to help Thoroughbr

Postby Catalina » Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:46 am

If whoever "foots the bill" to get their horse into OF is willing to the OF stay being of limited time and the horse then either trained or otherwise passed to somebody outside of OF for that somebody's use, then obviously there is nothing wrong with it. Discounting of course that once the horse leaves OF they are essentially dependent on that new person living up to their end of the deal and returning the horse if no longer desired. As we all know, that doesn't always happen, and by the time OF or whoever finds out, the horse may have died or long since gone to slaughter - which to my mind was what the original connections probably thought they kept from happening by retiring the horse to OF. So it's not a clear cut black or white thing, it's many gradations of gray.
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