New Vocations Press Release
LEXINGTON, Ky.— New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program celebrated a record-breaking Giving Tuesday, raising over $72,000 for racehorse aftercare.
Giving Tuesday, an annual generosity movement celebrated across the globe, fell on November 29th this year. Breeders’ Cup-winning owners of Wonder Wheel, DJ Stable, LLC, generously pledged to match the first $30,000 raised by New Vocations in honor of the organization’s 30th anniversary.
Over 100 supporters in the equestrian and racing communities rallied together in support of New Vocations’ rehab, retrain and rehome program. One donor commented “… donating to aftercare is NEVER a gamble, it truly is the best bet in racing! We are honored to support New Vocations and appreciate the Green Family and DJ Stable for their generous match!”
Funds were raised late into the evening, and pushed over the goal thanks to a generous gift of $10,000 made by Oak Grove Racing Gaming and Hotel, a Churchill Downs property.
“We were blown away by the tremendous response to this year’s Giving Tuesday Campaign,” said Anna Ford, New Vocations Thoroughbred Program Director. “Due to rising costs in horse care, our funds have been stretched thin this year. Surpassing our fundraising goal will help us serve the hundreds of retired racehorses that go through our program.”
As a nonprofit organization, New Vocations runs almost entirely on donations. Founded in 1992 with a mission to provide retired racehorses a new purpose after the finish line, the organization has continued to grow as aftercare has become more widely discussed and accepted. Over the last 30 years the program has served more than 8,000 horses, finding them experienced, loving homes for their years off the track.