Horse Stats
Name: Rivers Image
Barn Name: River
Age: 2013
Gender: Gelding
Height: 16.2 hh
Color: Dark Bay
Adoption Fee: $1,000 plus $500 donation
Location: Medina, OH
Race Stats
Total Starts: 30
Highlights: 4-7-6
Total Earnings: $135,444
Last Race: 7/01/19
Sire: Ready's Image
Dam: Music Mess
Other Notable Pedigree: Halo, Runaway Groom, Mr. Prospector
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Rivers Image is a barn favorite! You cannot walk into the barn without being greeted by River! He is an old soul with a ton of potential under saddle! He is the “grandpa” of the herd and calms everyone down and gives the newbies confidence when just introduced to turnout! He goes walk/trot/canter and does not seem to be phased by a lot (only a flock of birds flying really low over his head!!). He has started over small cross rails and seems to enjoy his time learning new things! Does well off by himself around the property and or with others! Has a big canter so he would be suited for an advanced intermediate working directly with a trainer! Should be suited for most disciplines!  Stands for farrier, vet, and baths! He LOVES to be loved on, this horse is a true gem!



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, we set a fee that will ultimately help each horse find a home quickly. The program’s facilities are always at full capacity, which means we 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.

In general, our fees are set at $500, $1,000 or $1,000 with a $1,500 donation.

  • $1,000 with a $1,500 donation: This range is for horses that we consider to be the cream of the crop or “unicorn” horses. They are horses that have few or no limitations and great conformation, movement and size.
  • $1,000: This range is for horses that are suitable for a competitive career up to a certain level (for example, cleared for 2’6” but not necessarily 3’). They may have been fully rehabbed from an injury but have been cleared by our veterinarians for most disciplines.
  • $500: This range is for horses that are limited to a flat, trail or companion-type home. These horses are healthy and have been fully rehabbed and evaluated by a vet.

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 in work with a professional trainer. New Vocations fully discloses each horse’s history and provides all available medical records, many of which include X-ray and ultrasounds.

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