Thoroughbred charities New Vocations and Second Call have joined forces to help a “true war horse” find a new home, and simultaneously forge a lasting partnership between the organizations.
Earlier this week, Anna Ford, program director of New Vocations Racehorse Adoption, and Laurie Condurso-Lane, executive of Second Call, announced the two charities would work collaboratively to help Thoroughbreds retiring from Monmouth Park.
The decision was the happy result of a joint effort to assist longtime campaigner Manny (Jockey Club name: Themanmythnlegend), from lengthy and lucrative career on the track. (To view Manny’s profile on New Vocations, please click this link).
Manny retired to a Second Call layup facility after earning close to $400,000 in 79 starts. After treatment for a broken splint bone, he was shipped to New Vocation’s Pennsylvania facility for training, Ford says.
Barn name: Manny
Sire: Precise End
Dam: Sweet Cali Cat
Foal date: Feb. 22, 2005
Earnings: $388,669, 79 starts“He arrived about a month ago and is doing great,” says Ford. “He’s currently being ridden three-to-four times a week, working with ground poles, small fences, and going on trail rides.”
An instant hit with Pony Club students, Ford notes that he is relishing in all the attention and treats. “He’s just a really great horse, he’s a true war horse, and we think he’ll make someone a great riding horse,” Ford adds.
Ford is optimistic about the positive synergy that the two charities can create.
She and Second Call’s executive director teamed up about a decade ago to put on the first all-Thoroughbred show at a racetrack, says Ford, noting that the All Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show was a successful venture held at Turfway Park in 2001.
Condurso-Lane says the partnership is a great opportunity to further assist rehabilitated horses in their new, post-racing careers.
“Our farm managers … have rehabilitated some of the best Jersey breds I have ever seen,” Condurso-Lane states in a press release. “It still amazes all of us how the farm managers can take an injured horse and nurse him back to health.”
And now, with Ford’s assistance, these sound horses can receive proper training.
Says Ford, “We are very honored to have the opportunity to work with Second Call and look forward to expanding the services we provide to the Monmouth Park horsemen. Second Call is a great example of how horseman and aftercare programs can work together to provide resources and networking to assist in helping horses retiring from the track receive the proper rehabilitation and retraining needed to find suitable second careers.”