Groundbreaking Celebrates the Construction of New Vocations’ Premier Racehorse Adoption Facility
Over 100 guests gathered on Wednesday, June 24, to celebrate the groundbreaking of New Vocations’ new facility at Mereworth Farm, which will double the program’s Lexington capacity. The ceremony took place at the building site, which is 85 acres of the iconic Mereworth Farm.
The brief presentation opened with New Vocations’ program director Anna Ford sharing the history of New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the vision behind the building project. Featured guest speaker Boyd Browning of Fasig-Tipton and Elliott Walden of WinStar Farm spoke about their support of New Vocation’s mission and dedication to retiring racehorse. Elizabeth Hughes, President of the Susan S. Donaldson Foundation, was instrumental in explaining the history of the farm and how combining forces with New Vocations will allow the Mereworth Farm to better carry out the its mission: for Mereworth to act as a home for horses that would otherwise be at risk of unnecessary euthanasia.
The joint venture was explained in more detail, including how New Vocations will be remain financially stable with the Foundation’s generous offer to provide hay and grain to all New Vocations horses; mow all green spaces; and absorb all water costs at the farm. Additionally, Mereworth Farm has graciously provided the use of one 20-stall barn for New Vocation’s horses in need of rehabilitation prior to beginning their retraining.
The presentation concluded with a blessing of the grounds by Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day. Guests then drove to another section of the 1,200-acre farm where they had the opportunity to meet some of the rehabbing horses and enjoy a picnic-style lunch while mingling with other guests.
To date, $800,000 has been raised to begin construction on the facility, which will include two 15-stall barns, an indoor arena with viewing area, an outdoor arena, an office and ample paddocks and pastures. New Vocations will work diligently over the next year to raise the remaining funds needed to complete the project by seeking support through a variety of naming and giving options. More information on the New Vocations Capital Campaign can be found at www.newvocations.org/capital-campaign
Groundbreaking Ceremony to Mark the Expansion of New Vocations’ Aftercare Efforts
To Help More Horses by Building the Country’s Premier Racehorse Adoption Facility
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program invites the community to celebrate the initiation of construction on their new retired racehorse adoption facility at Mereworth Farm on Wednesday, June 24, at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the construction site on the corner of Dolan and Bethel Roads in Fayette County. Boyd Browning of Fasig-Tipton, Elliott Walden of WinStar Farm and Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day will speak during the short program. A light lunch will follow.
The project comes as a direct response to the overwhelming number of retired racehorses in need of rehabilitation and training for second careers. Last month, New Vocations launched a $2 million capital campaign in an effort to build a premier Thoroughbred retraining and adoption facility on the historic Mereworth Farm, under the direction of the Susan S. Donaldson Foundation. The program’s relationship with the Foundation includes a free, long-term lease of 85 acres on which they will build two 15-stall barns, an indoor arena with viewing area, an outdoor arena, an office and ample paddocks and pastures. The Foundation will donate all grain for the New Vocations horses, cover water expenses and mow all green spaces. An additional 20-stall barn and paddocks will be provided for horses in need of rehabilitation before they begin retraining.
“We are very excited to get the construction started,” said Anna Ford, New Vocations Program Director. “New Vocations, in combination with Mereworth Farm, will be the largest rehabilitation, retraining, rehoming and retirement facility in the nation. The relationship is the first of its kind, ultimately helping hundreds of horses each year and greatly impacting the racing industry. Once complete, the farm will showcase all facets of equine aftercare and will be a destination for the public, as well as for the racing and equestrian communities.”
To date, New Vocations has raised just over $800,000 for the capital campaign. Early supporters include Elise Durbin, Fasig-Tipton, Jim and Therese Faulconbridge, and Mike Repole. New Vocations will work diligently over the next year to raise the remaining funds needed to complete the project by seeking support through a variety of naming and giving options.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony and light lunch immediately after, but must RSVP by June 18th to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the New Vocations Capital Campaign can be found at http://www.newvocations.org/capital-campaign/