Ford Receives 2015 EQUUS Foundation/USEF Humanitarian Award

Anna Ford, program director of New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program in Marysville, Ohio, was honored as the 2015 recipient of the EQUUS Foundation/United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Humanitarian Award at the USEF Pegasus Awards Dinner on Jan. 15 during the federation's annual meeting in Lexington Kentucky.

The Humanitarian Award is a celebration of the humanitarian achievements made by an individual or a group of individuals in the equestrian world. From improving the health and welfare of the horse to promoting and expanding the general public's appreciation and respect of the diverse roles of horses, the recipient of this award has devoted considerable time to making the lives and quality of life of our equine partners paramount.

Ford received the award in recognition of her dedication to ensuring that racehorses retiring from the track have the opportunity to go on to second careers. Founded at her family's barn in 1992, the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program now encompasses five locations in Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania.

Ford also wrote an award-winning book, Beyond the Track, which has become a resource for those entering in a partnership with an off-track Thoroughbred or Standardbred.

"New Vocations is recognized as one of the top racehorse adoption programs in the nation,” said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation president. “Anna has been absolutely instrumental in the acquisition of this distinction, dedicating her heart and soul to providing careers to horses once their racing days are over."

Added Chrystine Tauber, USEF president, "It's not a job for Anna. It's a calling. In addition to all she does to educate racehorse owners and trainers about the program, she works just as hard educating the public that these horses can have a valuable second vocation, whether it's on the trails, in the show ring, as a service animal, or as a treasured member of the family. There is a place for all of them."

In accepting the award, Ford said, "One person alone can't take in over 400 retired racehorses, year after year and find them new homes. It takes a fully dedicated team which we are so blessed to have at New Vocations. The program's founder, Dot Morgan, who I'm also proud to call ‘mom,’ is the epitome of selfless dedication when it comes to New Vocations and its efforts so I share this award with her and our whole team.

“I also want to thank the equestrian industry for truly embracing the Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds in a huge variety of different disciplines,” she continued. “These amazing athletes have so much to offer and without individuals who are willing to open their barn doors there would be no place for all of them to go, so we could not do what we do at New Vocations without your help."

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