Positive developments for T-bred charities

Michael Blowen, founder of Old Friends, walks with Little Silver Charm. Both pony and Blowen are thrilled that *the* Silver Charm is arriving this weekend.

Michael Blowen, founder of Old Friends, walks with Little Silver Charm. Both pony and Blowen are thrilled that *the* Silver Charm is arriving this weekend.

Silver Charm retires to Old Friends

Kentucky Derby winner, Eclipse champion, and Hall of Fame inductee Silver Charm will arrive this weekend at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY.

A special open house for members of the press as well as the public will be held Monday December 1st from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The now 20-year-old stallion will then enter a 21-day quarantine.

It was announced in October by Three Chimneys Farm that the 1997 champion three-year-old colt had been retired from breeding in Japan and would be return to the United States to live out his life at Old Friends. The decision about his retirement was a joint venture among Three Chimneys Farm, Silver Charm’s owners Jeff and Beverly Lewis, and the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders’ Association (JBBA).

Old Friends invites friends and fans and members of the media to come meet the dual classic winner and welcome him back.

For additional information please call Old Friends at (502) 863-1775.

Some $45K has been pledged to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption to help x-racehorses like Theater Production find new homes.

Some $45K has been pledged to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption to help ex-racehorses like Theater Production find new homes.

New Vocations garners $45K in donations

November 20, 2014- Lexington, KY- A lengthy list of prominent owners and trainers stepped up to support New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program by pledging a percentage of their purse earnings from the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. To date the program is on track to receive over $45,000 in pledged contributions.

For the sixth consecutive year, New Vocations asked owners and trainers of Breeders’ Cup contenders to pledge a percentage of their earnings to support the program’s mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses. Over the past six years, the Pledge has raised nearly $270,000.

“We are very grateful for all the owners and trainers who chose to participate in this year’s campaign,” said New Vocations Program Director, Anna Ford. “Amazingly, some of the participants whose horses did not run in the money still ended up sending a donation. We truly appreciate the much-needed support as the number of horses needing our services continues to grow and the funds raised will help us serve more horses.”

This year, 36 Championship contenders had owners and/or trainers supporting the Pledge.

Trainers who committed include Bob Baffert, Leah Gyarmati, Graham Motion, Eddie Plesa, Todd Pletcher, and Kathy Ritvo. Jim and Janet Rome’s Jungle Racing LLC with Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Shared Belief and Michael Dubb with Breeders’ Cup Distaff contender Belle Gallantey led the long list of owners, which include Al Shaqab Racing, Jake Ballis, Bradley Thoroughbreds, Conquest Stables, Donegal Racing, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Jim and Susan Hill, Jay Em Ess Stable, Steve Laymon, Let’s Go Stable, Loooch Racing Stable, Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, Siena Farm, Treadway Racing Stable, Stonestreet Stables, West Point Thoroughbreds, and WinStar Farm. For more information on New Vocations and how you can help support the program visit www.newvocations.org. ♥

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3 responses to “Positive developments for T-bred charities”

  1. tbdancer

    There are many dedicated rescues (and rescuers :o) that devote their time and treasure to full-time rehabbing and rehoming of horses in general and OTTBs in particular. New Vocations also places trotters and pacers. Bringing their good works to light and providing publicity (in the form of well written blogs like yours, Susan), will help more retired athletes avoid the worst of all possible ends.

  2. Michelle Y.

    Thank you to all the trainers and owners who donated to such a great cause!! By doing this, they each have a hand in saving future OTTB’s from slaughter!!

  3. Marilyn Lee-Hannah

    All good! Hurrah!

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