Horse Stats
Name: Wild Willy Dean
Barn Name: Willy
Age: 2012
Gender: Gelding
Height: 17 hh
Color: Chestnut
Adoption Fee: $500 plus a $500 SHIPPING CREDIT
Location: Hummelstown, PA
Race Stats
Total Starts: 17
Highlights: Winner
Total Earnings: $59,348
Last Race: 11/24/17
Sire: City Sharpster
Dam: Prudencia
Other Notable Pedigree: Mr. Prospector, Blushing Groom, Hoist the Flag
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Wild Willy Dean, also known around the barn as “Willy,” is a handsome guy with a solid build. He is a big love bug who enjoys all the attention he can get! He has an in-your-pocket type of personality, mostly just obsessed with the mints in your pocket!

Willy stands well for grooming and bathing. He picks up his feet easily and is currently wearing steel front shoes. He enjoys turn-out and he’s easy going with other geldings. Willy leads in and out of the barn like a gentleman. Plus, he loves to nuzzle with our cats and piggies! 

Under saddle, Willy continues to impress us. He has a ground covering trot step and a balanced canter. He continues to work on relaxation and suppleness, and he can get a little strong in the bridle during the downward transition.

He’s had a long vacation since his last race two years ago. During the last race he bowed a tendon and was given eight months to recover. He did return to race training but never made another start. His donors have retired from racing and, as the barn favorite, Willy was donated to our program to find a loving home.

He’s looking for an experienced and confident rider who’d like a trail or low-level pleasure partner.

Willy is also eligible for the 2020 Retrained & Remarkable Challenge eligible. As such he will be invited to compete at the 2020 New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington, where he will receive free entry into R&R Challenge classes (which include English and Western pleasure, hunter hack, trail, driving and in-hand classes). 



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.