About New Vocations

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program was founded in 1992 to offer retiring racehorses a safe-haven, rehabilitation, and continued education through placement in experienced caring homes.  Most of the horses arriving at New Vocations are injured and thin, suffering the normal occupational hazards of racing.  Without a useful skill to offer their previous option was often a one-way ticket to the local livestock auction.  New Vocations provides a safety net for these horses matching them with qualified individuals and following up on their rehabilitation and vocational training to ensure a successful transition.  Our focus is on adoption versus retirement, believing that each horse deserves to have an individual home and purpose.

Location and Contact Info

Laurelville, OH Facility
27034 Tarlton Adelphi Rd
Laurelville, OH 43136
614-499-2198 phone
614-737-9941 fax
jennifer@horseadoption.com
Marysville, OH Facility
13580 Leeper-Perkins Rd
Marysville, OH 43040
937-642-3171 phone
937-642-3177 fax
amy@horseadoption.com
Lexington, KY Facility
719 Dolan Lane 
Lexington, KY 40511
859-913-7191 phone
859-201-1261 fax
melissa@horseadoption.com
Fort Edward, NY Facility
106 State Route 197
Fort Edward, NY 12828
508-934-6135 phone
440-425-0339 fax
leandra@horseadoption.com
Hummelstown, PA Facility
292 S. Meadow Ln
Hummelstown, PA 17036
717-329-0567 phone
717-718-6105 fax
cheryl@horseadoption.com

Adoption Basics

1. Submit an Application

Experience, previous horse owners may submit an application online by clicking the link below, or by mail or fax.  Questions are asked concerning experience and stabling.  Veterinarian and personal references are required.  Applicants must be approved prior to visiting any of the facilities

 

2. Approval

Processing time often depends on accessibility of references. Applications should notify references that they will be contacted.  Applicants are notified of status via email or other designated means.

 

3. Choosing a Horse

Available horses are listed on the website complete with multiple photographs, riding video(s), and a detailed description.  Approved adopters can make an appointment to view the horses or make a commitment based on website information and an interview.  Adopters who work with trainers are encouraged to include them in the selection process.

 

4. Adoption Fees

Adoption fees average $450, ranging between $0-1000 depending on the age and physical limitations of the horse.  Fees are waived on companion horses, the aged and those facing long rehabilitation.

Horses with higher adoption fees(typically horses that are highly desirable will have an added non-refundable donation along with the adoption fee) help those horses who may need extensive medical care or just more time to find a loving home.

 

5. Adoption Contract

The adoption contract is for one year.  In the event a horse is determined by the adopter to be unsuitable within sixty days following the receipt of physical possession of the horse, the adopter may return the horse to New Vocations in exchange for a credit equal to the adoption fee.  Provided, however, that New Vocations shall be entitled to retake possession of the adopted horse without granting  a credit to the adopter in the event the horse’s physical condition has changed while in the possession of the adopter.

In either case the adopter is responsible for providing transportation for the horse to return to the program.  After on year the horse may change hands, but New Vocations has the first right of refusal and must be notified with the contact information for the new owner.  If the horse will be kept at a boarding facility, the owner of that facility will need to fill out the boarding agreement.

 

6. Transportation

Once a commitment is made the adopter has seven days to move the horse.  A daily rate is charged for board beyond the grace period

 

7. Updates

Adopters are required by contract to send three written updates with clear photos during the first year at the 3rd, 6th, and 12th month from the date of the adoption.  This helps New Vocations monitor the horse’s condition and progress.  Copies are sent to the donors too assure them of a successful transition and may be posted on the New Vocations Success Stories page.

 

Available Horses


Adoption Fee: $600-NOW $400
Age: 2014
Gender: Mare
Height: 15.3 hh
Color: Chestnut
Location: Marysville, OH
Adoption Fee: $1000 plus $100 donation
Age: 2014
Gender: Mare
Height: 16.2 hh
Color: Dark Bay
Location: Lexington, KY
ADOPTED
Adoption Fee: $1000 plus $200 donation
Age: 2014
Gender: Gelding
Height: hh
Color: Chestnut
Location: Lexington, KY
ADOPTED
Adoption Fee: $500 now $300
Age: 2013
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16 hh
Color: Dark Bay
Location: Lexington, KY
Adoption Fee: $$1000 plus $100 donation
Age: 2014
Gender: Mare
Height: 16.3 hh
Color: Bay
Location: Lexington, KY
Adoption Fee: $1000 plus $500 donation
Age: 2011
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.2 1/2 hh
Color: Bay
Location: Lexington, KY
ADOPTED
Adoption Fee: $1000 now $800
Age: 2012
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.1 hh
Color: Chestnut
Location: Lexington, KY
ADOPTED

Unnamed Spokeswoman ’15


A Mammoth Baby!
Adoption Fee: $1000 now $800
Age: 2015
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.2 hh
Color: Chestnut
Location: Lexington, KY
Adoption Fee: $500 -- NOW $300
Age: 2012
Gender: Gelding
Height: 17.0 hh
Color: Dark Bay
Location: Marysville, OH
ADOPTED
Adoption Fee: $700 -- NOW $500
Age: 2009
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16 hh
Color: Chestnut
Location: Lexington, KY

Lucky Lurie


Pony Club Challenge Eligible!
Adoption Fee: $700 -- NOW 500
Age: 2013
Gender: Gelding
Height: 15.3 hh
Color: Bay
Location: Lexington, KY
ADOPTED

Pontificate


Pony Club Challenge Eligible!
Adoption Fee: $700 -- NOW $500
Age: 2013
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.1 hh
Color: Chestnut
Location: Lexington, KY
ADOPTED

Ellenvelyn(GB)


Pony Club Challenge Eligible!
Adoption Fee: $500 -- NOW $300
Age: 2012
Gender: Mare
Height: 15.3 hh
Color: Bay
Location: Lexington, KY
Adoption Fee: $800 -- NOW $600
Age: 2014
Gender: Mare
Height: 15.2 hh
Color: Chestnut
Location: Marysville, OH

Real Shiner


Pony Club Eligible
Adoption Fee: $500 -- NOW $300
Age: 2013
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.0 hh
Color: Chestnut
Location: Marysville, OH
ADOPTED

Issheit


Pony Club Challenge Eligible!
Adoption Fee: $400 -- NOW $200
Age: 2008
Gender: Mare
Height: 16.1 hh
Color: Dark Bay
Location: Hummelstown, PA

Tracy Island


Pony Club Challenge Eligible!
Adoption Fee: $400 -- NOW $200
Age: 2013
Gender: Mare
Height: 16.0 hh
Color: Bay
Location: Hummelstown, PA

Bi Light of Day


Now Pony Club Challenge Eligible!
Adoption Fee: $600 -- NOW $400
Age: 2010
Gender: Mare
Height: 15.2 hh
Color: Chestnut
Location: Hummelstown, PA
ADOPTED

Uncharted Course


Now Pony Club Challenge Eligible!
Adoption Fee: $500 -- NOW $300
Age: 2011
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.2 hh
Color: Bay
Location: Lexington, KY
ADOPTED

Kippy Fox


RRP and Pony Club Challenge Eligible!
Adoption Fee: $300 -- NOW $100
Age: 2010
Gender: Mare
Height: 15.3 hh
Color: Chestnut
Location: Hummelstown, PA

Klassy Korbin


Now Pony Club Challenge eligible for upper level intermediate level riders!
Adoption Fee: $700 -- NOW $500
Age: 2006
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.1 hh
Color: Bay
Location: Marysville, OH

Myorion


Now Pony Club Challenge Eligible!
Adoption Fee: $500 -- NOW $300
Age: 2011
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16 hh
Color: Chestnut
Location: Lexington, KY
ADOPTED
Adoption Fee: $400 -- NOW $200
Age: 2014
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.0 hh
Color: Chestnut
Location: Hummelstown, PA
Adoption Fee: $Waived + Up to $500 shipping credit
Age: 2011
Gender: Gelding
Height: 17.1 hh
Color: Bay
Location: Hummelstown, PA
Adoption Fee: $800 -- NOW $600
Age: 2011
Gender: Mare
Height: 16.0 hh
Color: Bay
Location: Marysville, OH