New Vocations Hunter Classic Champion Bullseyeperfect and Becky Seabrook
July 7, 2016 – Marysville, Ohio — The 13 th annual New Vocations Charity Horse Show was once again a huge success, with over 1,300 entries and $15,000 raised to support racehorse aftercare. The Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association was once again the title sponsor of the event, which drew record attendance. Exhibitors from six different states traveled to the Delaware County Fairgrounds 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.
“What started off 13 years ago as the first Thoroughbred-only show at Turfway Park has become an annual event that draws fans and supporters from over 400 miles away,” said New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford. “The versatility of the Thoroughbred is highlighted each year at the New Vocations’ show, which features dressage, hunter and jumper classes in a total of five rings over three days. Seeing all the Thoroughbreds and their owners competing at the same event is a true testament to New Vocations’ mission to rehab, retrain and rehome retired racehorses.”
A total of 92 Thoroughbreds with backgrounds ranging from one start to 100, and no earnings to over $500,000, competed side by side, proving that they can compete and excel in new careers beyond the track. Prizes were awarded through generous sponsors and the Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program.
This year’s New Vocations Hunter Classic had 31 entries, with the Thoroughbred Champion going to the 2007 chestnut gelding Bullseye Perfect shown by Becky Seabrook of Paris, Ky. The New Vocations Jumper Stake had 21 entries, with the Thoroughbred Champion going to the 2004 mare Kount the Kashkris shown by Paige Mox of Zanesville, Oh.
Another highlight of the show were the 13 horses that competed in the War Horse division, which featured horses that had over 50 starts and or that had won over $100,000 in earnings. Winning the War Horse division was the Giacomo gelding Crushing, shown by Georgia Keogh of Lexington, Ky. The stunning gray gelding won over $200,000 in 22 starts during his racing career and now is competing successfully as a hunter. Another noteworthy War Horse was 20-year- old Twice Royal, who raced 100 times during his nine-year racing career before retiring to be a show horse.
New Vocations will host a Thoroughbred-only hunter jumper horse show at the acclaimed Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington on Sept. 10 and 11, 2016. Held in conjunction with the Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program, the event is specifically designed to be inviting for all Thoroughbreds, from those that have been recently retired from the track through seasoned show horses. For more information about the show and sponsorship opportunities visit www.newvocations.org/kentucky-charity- thoroughbred-show/
About New Vocations
Founded in 1992, New Vocations has grown into the largest racehorse adoption program in the country. Its mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses has led to the placement of over 6,000
individuals, with nearly 400 retirees entering the program each year. With six facilities in Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania, New Vocations serves over 40 racetracks, working directly with owners and trainers in need of equine aftercare options.
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