Building the Country’s Premier Retired Racehorse Facility

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Ngoal2 copyew Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is growing! It’s expanding its aftercare services, increasing its educational efforts to the community and dramatically impacting the racing industry by building a premier retired racehorse   facility at the historical Mereworth Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

The late Susan Donaldson left her 1,200 acre Mereworth Farm in a foundation to be a retirement home for unwanted horses. With strong roots in the racing industry dating back to 1924, the Susan S. Donaldson Foundation has offered New Vocations a free, long-term lease of 85 acres on Mereworth Farm to build a premier retraining and rehoming facility. New Vocations is launching a capital campaign to raise the $2 million dollars needed to build the facility. The Susan S. Donaldson Foundation will provide all the grain for the New Vocation horses, cover water expenses, and mow all green spaces which will dramatically decrease program costs. The Foundation will also provide a pre-existing 20-stall barn along with multiple paddocks, hay and grain for horses in need of rehabilitation prior to retraining.

The partnership with the Susan S. Donaldson Foundation doubles New Vocations’ Lexington capacity with only a 25% increase in program costs. New Vocations at Mereworth Farm will be the largest rehabilitation, retraining, rehoming and retirement facility in the nation! The partnership is the first of its kind and will dramatically impact the racing industry. Once complete, the farm will showcase all facets of aftercare on the same property. It will be a destination for the public, as well as for the equestrian and racing community to visit and learn about both programs’ aftercare efforts.