New Vocations Granted $50,000 to Help Retired Thoroughbreds

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced today (Aug. 20) that grants totaling $54,360 have been awarded by Blue Horse Charities and Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) to aid the program's efforts to rehab, retrain, and rehome retired racehorses.

"We are very grateful to receive both grants as we have found ourselves in a great time of need with the current drought," said Anna Ford, New Vocations program director. "Hay prices have doubled and the cost of caring for the horses in our program continues to rise. We have new horses arriving into the program on a weekly basis and it's only through grants and private donations that our doors have remained open."

"TCA and Blue Horse Charities are proud to name New Vocations as one of our 2012 grantees," said Erin Crady, executive director of TCA. "New Vocations successfully completed our grant application process and as a result we are pleased to provide a grant that will assist in the rehabilitation, retraining, and adoption of off-the-track Thoroughbreds."

Formed by Fasig-Tipton in 2001, Blue Horse Charities assists nonprofit organizations that work to offer adoption solutions for Thoroughbreds no longer suitable for breeding or racing. The charity is financed in equal parts by buyers, consignors, and Fasig-Tipton. TCA is the managing agent of Blue Horse Charities.

TCA selected New Vocations as one of the 82 Thoroughbred industry-related nonprofits that have been awarded TCA grants totaling $597,258. Those chosen work to uphold TCA's mission "to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers".

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