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Friday, June 25, 2010

Kentucky Horse Park’s First Thoroughbred Hunter Division a Great Success

New Vocation’s goal to draw retired racehorses back into the show ring is off to a great start after the Kentucky Horse Park’s Country Heir Horse Show on June 17th and 18th.

“It was definitely a success, and we were very impressed with the turnout,” shared Anna Ford, New Vocations program director. “Many of the trainers and exhibitors openly shared their appreciation of having a division for the Thoroughbreds.”

Thoroughbreds from several different states traveled to compete in the New Vocations Thoroughbred Hunter division consisting of four 2”9’-3’ over fence classes and one flat class.

Exhibitors competed for $2,500 in prize money, which was sponsored by Homewrecker Racing. Scores from all five classes were tallied, and Kim Carey, with her retired racehorse Jules Mom (show name Field Day), were the division champions.

“I’ve always loved the Thoroughbreds and was thrilled to learn about the new division,” explained Carey. “The owners of Jules Mom called me when they decided to retire him from the track. I took him sight unseen and have never regretted my decision. He has turned out to be such a great hunter.”

Reserve Champion went to Stephanie Collier with Pine’s Angel. The Pine Bluff gelding only raced twice as a three year old. He ran his last race with jockey Jerry Bailey and Bill Mott as the trainer. Obviously not cut out to be a race horse, Pine’s Angel has become a top hunter competing at many of the “A” rated shows.

More Thoroughbred classes will be held on July 11th at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Robert Murphy Horse Show. There will be a $2,500 Thoroughbred Mini Prix sponsored by Castleton Lyons and a $2,500 Thoroughbred Hunter Classic sponsored by the NTRA and National HBPA, friends of New Vocations. The event is open to the public and all interested are encouraged to come and watch. For more information you can visit www.horseadoption.com.

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