New Vocations to Host Two Bluegrass Events

The New Vocations racehorse adoption program will be hosting two events in Kentucky next month: a Thoroughbred-only charity horse show on Sept. 12 and an open hunter pace on Sept. 20. Proceeds from both events will go to support the program’s efforts to rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome retired racehorses.

Held in conjunction with The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program, the one-day New Vocations Charity Thoroughbred Show will offer newly retired racehorses, as well as seasoned show horses, a chance to compete at the Kentucky Horse Park in both the Rolex Stadium and the Walnut Ring. Junior/amateur and open hunter derbies and jumper stakes classes will be offered, as well as multiple over-fences, flat, and pleasure classes. Additional Thoroughbred awards will be offered, and a special Thoroughbred recognition ceremony will take place in the Rolex Stadium.

The second annual New Vocations Hunter Pace will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Scheffelridge Farm in Paris, Kentucky. The event will take place on more than 100 acres on a course simulating hunting terrain in teams of two to four riders. There will be jumping, non-jumping, and family/pleasure divisions. Riders that don’t have a team can be assigned one. Teams finishing closest to the optimal time (without going over) will win prizes and ribbons to sixth place will be awarded. Jumps can be jumped at any of four heights, up to 2 feet, 7 inches, or not at all. Also available will be toddy stops, sponsored by Buffalo Trace, and a “poker pace” (the team with the best “hand” of poker at the finish will win a prize). New for this year are awards for best tailgate, best costume, best barn representation, and best turned out. Thoroughbred-only awards will include best Thoroughbred team, oldest Thoroughbred, youngest Thoroughbred, most recently raced, and most money earned. Tailgating is encouraged and an awards presentation will take place at 4 p.m.

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