New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show raises $150,000

September 9, 2021

September 9, 2021 – Lexington, KY – After an uncertain, challenging and virtual 2020, the New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show, presented by Iris Smith Stables, LLC, returned to an in-person competition and raised a record-breaking $150,000 in sponsorships. All proceeds from the event will go directly to support New Vocations’ efforts to rehab, retrain and rehome retiring racehorses.

The 18th annual show—held for the first time at Highfields Event Center, in Aiken, SC, Sept. 3-5—was an exciting and successful return to live events for New Vocations after a quiet past 18 months due to COVID-19. The competition brought together nearly 100 Thoroughbreds from 10 different states to compete in a variety of disciplines including dressage, hunter, jumper, Western and pleasure classes.

“We were thrilled that we were able to far surpass our goal of raising $100,000 through the support of our generous long-term and new sponsors,” said Anna Ford, New Vocations Thoroughbred Program Director. “The new venue meant that we were able to put on a more intimate event, which allowed exhibitors extra opportunities to connect and share their love for Thoroughbreds. It was so rewarding to look across four competition arenas full of horses knowing that while they have rich racing bloodlines and histories, they now have new skills, new careers, and new purposes.”

Show highlights included:

·        Winner of the War Horse W/T/C was Bail Bondsman, shown by Karen Morgan. Bail Bondsman, a 2009 Kentucky-bred gelding by Bellamy Road, raced 44 times and earned $106,499.

·        Winner of the Open Hunter Derby was Blame it on Texas, shown by Elisabeth Demars. Blame it on Texas, a 2012 Kentucky-bred gelding by Blame, raced 12 times and earned $12,788.

·        Winner of the Open Jumper Stake was Ballerino, shown by Susan Sisco. Ballerino, a 2008 Florida-bred gelding by Lido Place (CHI), raced 15 times and earned $38,709.

·        Winner of the Dressage High Score was Big Iron, shown by junior rider Mayela Salazar. Big Iron, a 2015 son of Caleb’s Posse, raced 29 times and earned $65,281.

At the show’s inaugural exhibitor party, New Vocations also handed out several special awards recognizing:

·        The Thoroughbred that earned the most money racing (Two Notch Road, $536,193);

·        The most recently raced Thoroughbred (Jammin Jamie, 6/28/2021);

·        The Thoroughbred with the most starts (Mind Magic, 58 starts);

·        The youngest Thoroughbred competing (Jammin Jamie, 2/20/2018)

·        The oldest Thoroughbred competing (Bold Estela, 3/22/1994);

·        The Thoroughbred sold for the highest auction price (Ditka, $500,000); and

·        The groups that traveled the farthest to compete (horses and riders from Sugar Creek Equinapy, in Harrisonville, MO, and North Country Horses, in Gansevoort, NY, hauled 974 miles and 956 miles, respectively).

“We were so glad to, once again, be able to celebrate the Thoroughbred with a weekend full of competition, fun and horses,” Ford said. “We’re excited to get started on plans for what we hope can be an even better 2022 event.”

Thanks to all our generous sponsors of the New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show.

Title Sponsor                  

Iris Smith Stables, LLC

Day Sponsors

Heider Family Stable

Indiana HBPA


War Horse Sponsor

Phil & Anne Creek / 100% Racing, LLC

Hunter Derby Sponsors

Louise & Len Riggio       

Homewrecker Stable

Lebherz Family Foundation

Jumper Stake Sponsors

Bob & Jill Baffert


Robert LaPenta  / Whitehorse Stables

Samantha Siegel / JMS Stables

Exhibitor Concert Sponsor                        

Churchill Downs, Inc.

Exhibitors Party Sponsor

Take2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program, Inc.

Ribbon Sponsor

The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program

Wine Sponsor

Jackson Family Wines

Hunter Arena Sponsors

Lindsay LaRoche / Highland Yard

Jason Scott / Bar Down Investments

White Fox Farm, In Memory of John Hall

Back Number Sponsor 

Churchill Downs Inc.

Mini Hunter Classic Sponsors

John Cummins, DVM

Mario & Dawn Martinez / Avanti Stable, LLC

Ann & Ron Turnicky       

Warm Up Arena Sponsors

AmWest Entertainment

Paul & Lyn Boland / Journey Farms, LLC

Merriebelle Stable

Tracey Farmer  

High Point Sponsors

Baum’s Plumbing and Heating

Nelson Clemmens          

Ralph Evans      

Eccentric Club Stables, LLC

Katherine Lingner, DVM

Antoinette Pilzner          

Dean & Patti Reeves / Reeves Thoroughbred Racing

J. Kirk & Judy Robison                                 

Purple Haze Stables

Specialty Thoroughbred Award Sponsors                           

Churchill Downs, Inc.

Rebecca Maker Rehab & Conditioning

Robert Adleta   

David & Fay Donk

Linda Balfour / ELR Corp

John & Elizabeth Fort    

Christine & Phil  Hatfield / CHP Racing

Daniel & Anna Nolan    

Carol Kirby        

Marianne Stribling / Copper Fox Farm

Jack Swain

White Birch Farm, Inc.

Oldest Thoroughbred Award

Different Times Equestrian Ventures

In Honor of Dalton’s Delight

Division Sponsors          

Jean Bickley      

Daniel J. Donoghue / Signal Hill Farms, LLC

Olivia Godfrey  

Jan Klein            

Cindy McDonald             

Sally McLaughlin             

Gene & Maureta Ott     

Christine & Rodger Potocki         

Ellen & Joe Williams      

Beyond The Wire, Inc.

Cambus – Kenneth Farm

In Memory of Be More Bullish

Rebecca Maker Rehab & Conditioning

Ro-De-Lo Racing, LLC

Pin Oak Stud

Varnan Manufacturing, Inc.

Class Sponsors

Andy Roberts, DVM       

Jack Thistledown Racing

Andrews Dispute Resolution

Lois Angeletti   

Ann Banks / Wild Aire Farm

Adam Bayroff  

Dr. Dionne Benson

Michael Boules

Bruce N. Levine Training Stable, Inc.

Larry Campbell

Campbell Horse Transportation, LLC      

Virginia Campbell Scott

Kelly Colliver    

Johna Compton

Florence Cooper            

Stephanie M. Dunatov /Horseworks Art

Jenna Encheff  

Fanta-Sea Farms

Alli Farkas Horse Portraits

Yvonne  Fedeyko-Kirby  

Futurity Capital, LLC

Jane Fraser       

Dr. Larry Gaudreau DVM             

Hugh Gillen       

Karen Holtz       

Lucy Howard    

Marc James / Whataview Farm

Marty Johnson 

Vanessa Kerr

Dora King                         

William Koester

Janine Martinelli             

Siobhan McCormack     

Nancy McDaniel             

Gary & Susannah Miller

James & Priscilla Potter / Chamerolles Farm, LLC

Joy Tavel           

Kimberly Thurler             

Peggy & Bob Ullom       

Famousstyle Stables

James Shircliff Family

Sperando Racing Stable

Three Crowns Farm of Wolcott, CT

Y-Not Racing Stable

Additional Sponsors

Buckeye Nutrition

Boehringer Ingelheim

Kinetic Vet

McGuinn Farms, Inc.

Founded in 1992, New Vocations has grown into the largest racehorse adoption program in the country. Its mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses has led to the placement of over 7,500 individuals, serving over 600 horses annually. With facilities in Kentucky, Ohio, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and New York, New Vocations serves over 40 racetracks, working directly with owners and trainers in need of equine aftercare options. Learn more at

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