Lexington, Ky – April 12, 2016 – New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced today the launch of their stall sponsorship campaign. The campaign will focus on raising $300,000 through the sponsorship and naming options for the 30 stalls at the program’s new adoption facility at Mereworth Farm.
To date, $30,000 has been raised with initial support coming from prominent Thoroughbred owners Michael Dubb, Ralph Evans and Godolphin. Each 10,000 stall sponsorship includes a brass plate on the front of the stall with the sponsor’s name of choice.
“Thoroughbred rehoming and retraining is a very important issue to Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin. Thoroughbreds are such versatile animals and it is so important to all of us at Godolphin that they are given every opportunity to progress beyond the racetrack into new careers and new homes. New Vocations does a fantastic job in giving racehorses a second chance with their retraining and rehoming program. It is because of their hard work, dedication and loyalty to the Thoroughbred that we are delighted to support the expansion of New Vocations at Mereworth Farm,” said Jimmy Bell, President, Godolphin USA.
“We hope the campaign will encourage more people and businesses to support Thoroughbred aftercare in a big way. The stalls at our new facility will house hundreds of retired racehorses each year as they move through our training program and into adoptive homes. A stall sponsorship is a way for those in the industry to leave a lasting impression on equine aftercare for years to come,” said Thoroughbred Program Director Anna Ford.
The stall sponsorship campaign is part of New Vocations Capital Campaign, which was launched in May of 2015 to raise funds to build the country’s premier racehorse aftercare facility on historic Mereworth Farm. So far, the campaign has raised $1.3 million of the $2 million needed to complete the project. On Friday, April 29, New Vocations will host an Open Barn & BBQ event to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the facility.
The public can follow the campaign’s progress, sign up for a stall sponsorship, make a donation and learn more about the naming and giving opportunities by visiting www.newvocations.org/capital-campaign.
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.
About Mereworth Farm and the Susan S. Donaldson Foundation
Mereworth Farm, a 1,200-acre tract of bluegrass used for generations as a nursery for over 170 stakes-winning Thoroughbreds, was founded in 1924 by Walter J. Salmon, Sr. and now serves as a sanctuary for unwanted equines and retired racehorses. Susan Salmon Donaldson acquired Mereworth Farm in 1986 upon the death of her father, Walter J. Salmon, Jr. In 1989, she established the Susan S. Donaldson Foundation to preserve Mereworth after her death as a home for unwanted animals into perpetuity. Donaldson passed in 2011, and her Foundation has worked tirelessly to restore the farm to its original glory, installing new fence lines, seeding pastures, rehabilitating barns and clearing brush. With 153 horses on the property, 141 of which are Thoroughbreds, Mereworth is fulfilling Donaldson’s mission to provide a safe haven for horses in need.