September 15, 2016 – Lexington, KY – The New Vocations Charity Thoroughbred Horse Show celebrated its second year with over 600 hunter/jumper rounds and over $30,000 raised to support racehorse aftercare. Held in conjunction with The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program, the show, expanded into a two-day format, offered newly retired racehorses, as well as seasoned show horses, a chance to compete at the iconic Kentucky Horse Park in both the famous Rolex Stadium and Walnut Arena.
The show was a great success, drawing exhibitors from 11 states; 119 Thoroughbreds competed, each with their own unique history and aftercare story. Some of note were: The oldest Thoroughbred, Canvas Riot, was foaled on April 5, 1996; M One was the most recently raced Thoroughbred, with a last race date of May 1, 2016. The Thoroughbred that earned the highest sale price at auction award was Irbywood, who sold for $650,000. Of the five entries in the Broad N’ Gentilly War Horse In-Hand class, the horses had a combined 269 starts, 33 wins and $511,584 in earnings.
The winner of the class was Little Frankie R (Eugene’s Come True). With two $500 Jumper Stakes that went under the lights in the Rolex Arena on Saturday night and two $500 Hunter Derbies first thing Sunday morning, exhibitors were able to show off their athleticism and versatility at the only Thoroughbred-specific horse show ever to be held in the Rolex Arena.
The winner of the Reeves Thoroughbreds and Bob and Jill Baffert Open Jumper Stake was Karisma, ridden by Devon Olivier of Lawrenceville, GA. Karisma raced under the name Lu E Davor and won $775 during his three-race career. Devon, a University of Georgia student, came to the Park with a college eventing teammate. “We decided to come up after seeing the posts on Facebook about the show. We’ve always really wanted to ride in the Rolex Arena, so we jumped at the chance to compete at an all -Thoroughbred show that let us ride at the Horse Park. It was really cool to ride under the lights and we definitely plan to come back next year if we can!”
The Junior/Amateur Jumper Stake winner was Pyro, shown by Makinley McCaffrey. Raced under the name Peruvian Playboy, the 2007 gelding made 17 starts and won $11,329. Besting a field of 20 in the Junior/Amateur Hunter Derby was Caught Me Looking and Bridget McNeese Cummins of Lexington, KY. Caught Me Looking is a 2007 Afleet Alex gelding who had 11 starts, two wins and earned just over $31,000 at the track.
Winning the Homewrecker Racing Open Hunter Derby was Mr. Mugs, a 2007 New Vocations graduate owned by Roxann Sommers of Oxford, Ohio and ridden by Sarah Oelerich. Mr. Mugs was trained by Nick Zito and won one of his five starts, earning $10,444 during his racing career.
Longtime New Vocations supporter Roxann said that “Coming to the show this past weekend was truly a dream of mine since I first began to enter him [Mr. Mugs] in shows … Mr. Mugs and I spent a few years in the eventing world where we spent many years watching the jumping rounds in late April at the conclusion of a Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. I entered the one Adult equitation class for this reason alone–the venue is very attractive.”
“We could not have been happier with how the event went under the two-day format,” said New Vocations’ Director of Education and Development Sarah Coleman. “We are so thankful for the generous support of this show by both our donors and the Kentucky Horse Park, and we very much look forward to expanding to a three-day format with The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program Championships in 2017!”
New Vocations first opened their barn doors in 1992 to retired racehorses looking for new careers. Starting with a single farm in Dayton, Ohio, the program has grown to six facilities in Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Serving over 40 racetracks, New Vocations works directly with owners and trainers in need of an aftercare program for horses leaving the track. Currently, the program leads the nation in racehorse adoptions, taking in over 450 horses each year. The program has a sound adoption system in place that is proven to move a large number of horses in a rather short period of time. Their focus is on adoption verses retirement, believing that each horse deserves to have an individual home and a purpose. For more information, visit www.newvocations.org.