Horse Stats
Name: Verse
Barn Name: Verse
Age: 2015
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.3 hh
Color: Chestnut
Adoption Fee: $500
Location: Lexington, KY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 4
Highlights: Placed
Total Earnings: $16,690
Last Race: 7/4/19
Sire: Tale of the Cat
Dam: Anyhow
Other Notable Pedigree: Storm Cat, Tiznow, Secretariat, Danzig, Crimson Satan, Nijinsky II, Seattle Slew, Vienna (GB)
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He may not write you poetry or bring you flowers but this handsome guy is looking to be the leading man in your life! After missing out on his audition for “The Bachelorette”, Verse decided to look for his soul mate through New Vocations. Tall and classically good looking with a silly, fun loving personality to match, this 2020 Makeover eligible Bachelor is looking for someone to serenade in the show ring or on the trails.

Verse stands well for the farrier, the vet, and in the crossties. He enjoys being groomed and receiving attention, however he can get nippy or mouthy when he feels like he is lacking the attention he deserves, but he’s just trying to play! Verse is intimidated by nothing though, so you can’t use tactics like stomping or clapping to get him to back off, he just needs to have ground rules defined. He has already made considerable strides in learning to curb his demands for attention on his terms and being more reserved. Verse has been turned out with many different geldings during his time here and gets long well with everyone we have out him with. He enjoys being the leader in his group and while he is playful with the other horses but he has showed no signs of aggression towards his turnout buddies. 

Verse came to us with a history of hoof problems and is currently in the end stages of his rehab here. He has been started on the lunge line and is currently in a light groundwork program. As a special opportunity to qualified adopters, Verse is available for adoption ahead of schedule. All interested adopters will have access to any veterinary records. He is suitable for most disciplines but would make a nice hunter or dressage horse for at least an advanced intermediate rider working with a trainer. Under saddle videos will be added as they become available. Adoption fee will increase with training.

Verse is eligible for the RRP’s 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover.



New Vocations’ adoption fees are intentionally set lower than the cost of buying most Thoroughbreds or Standardbreds through a private seller. In today’s market, it’s not unusual for horses coming right off the track to be listed for sale at a price between $2,000 and $5,000. At New Vocations, we set a fee that will ultimately help each horse find a home quickly. The program’s facilities are always at full capacity, which means we cannot take in an additional horse until one is adopted. Adopters should be encouraged to know that by adopting a horse through New Vocations, they are actually helping two horses transition to careers outside of racing.

In general, our fees are set at $500, $1,000 or $1,000 with a $1,500 donation. 

  • $1,000 with a $1,500 donation: This range is for horses that we consider to be the cream of the crop or the unicorn horses.  They are horses that have few or no limitations, have great conformation, movement and size.
  • $1,000: This range is for horses that are suitable for a competitive career up to a certain level (for example cleared for 2’6” but not 3’).  They may have been fully rehabbed from a race injury but have been cleared for most disciplines.
  • $500:  This range is for horses that are limited to a flat, trail or companion type home.  These horses are healthy and have been fully rehabbed and evaluated by a vet.

Additionally, adopters get great value for their money: The majority of the horses have been in the program for a minimum of 60 days. During that time, horses are rehabilitated (if needed), socialized with other horses, fully evaluated, and in work with a professional trainer. New Vocations fully discloses each horse’s history and provides all available medical records, many of which include X-ray and ultrasounds.

While adoption fees are low, it should be noted that costs associated with ongoing care and additional training for each horse after adoption can be high. New Vocations hopes that by helping an adopter save money upfront, he or she will have more funds available to cover the continuing costs of properly caring for a horse.