Horse Stats
Name: Pontificate
Barn Name: Pontificate
Age: 2013
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.1 hh
Color: Chestnut
Adoption Fee: $600 - NOW $400 until 9/30
Location: Gansevoort, NY
Race Stats
Total Starts: 4
Total Earnings: $7,380
Last Race: 2/10/17
Sire: Gio Ponti
Dam: Rizzi Rose
Other Notable Pedigree: El Prado (IRE), Tale of the Cat, Sadler's Wells, Diesis(GB), Storm Cat, Alydar
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Pontificate is a fun, flashy guy! He loves to poke his head out to say “hello,” whether he is in his stall or out and about or while he’s taking a break under saddle. Attention is always welcome for Pontificate! Carrots and head rubs make for an easy passage into this guys heart. Pontificate is one to bond easily with horse buddies too– he used to be worried about what everyone else is doing, and would get overly bonded if he had only one pasture mate, We transitioned his to a runout stall where he could always see his friends while learning to have more independence..Ever since, Pontificate is a much more confident guy! He will boldly go out for a ride without worry where his friends are, and can appreciate their company without concern when they go back to separate stalls. In a group turnout setting, Pontificate is a follower in the field– he just wants to be where his friends are. When the farrier comes, Pontificate is one of the easiest and most patient to handle.

Pontificate is quite lovely under saddle. He has a flat-kneed hunter trot and does like to stretch low. Pontificate is a very fun ride for a well-suited rider! He would do best with an advanced intermediate or advanced rider who can continue to boost his confidence, and help his to live up to his tremendous potential. Pontificate was retired with a bowed tendon which has been fully rehabbed and is suitable for jumping careers. 



New Vocations’ adoption fees are intentionally set lower than the cost of buying most Thoroughbreds or Standardbreds through a private seller. In today’s market, it’s not unusual for horses coming right off the track to be listed for sale at a price between $2,000 and $5,000. At New Vocations, a fee is set for each horse that will ultimately help the horse find a home quickly. The program’s facilities are always at full capacity, which means the program cannot take in an additional horse until one is adopted. Adopters should be encouraged to know that by adopting a horse through New Vocations, they are actually helping two horses transition to careers outside of racing.

Additionally, adopters get great value for their money: The majority of the horses have been in the program for a minimum of 60 days. During that time, horses are rehabilitated (if needed), socialized with other horses, fully evaluated and worked with by a professional trainer. New Vocations fully discloses the history of each horse and provides all available medical records, many of which include X-ray and ultrasounds.

While adoption fees are low, it should be noted that the costs associated with the ongoing care and additional training for each horse post-adoption can be high. New Vocations hopes that by helping an adopter save money upfront that he or she will have more funds available to cover the ongoing costs of properly caring for a horse.