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New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is currently organizing its 22nd Annual Stallion Auction to be held through OnGait.com Feb 4-6, 2020. The program annually offers hundreds of former harness racing horses a safety-net through rehabilitation, retraining, and placement in carefully screened and monitored homes. New Vocations embraces racing and the excitement and joy of racehorse ownership. At the conclusion of a horse's racing career, New Vocations stands ready to assist with its aftercare needs. "We rehabilitate the horses, break them to ride and care for them until a qualified adopter can be found," said Executive Director Dot Morgan. "Then we educate the adopters on the characteristics of racehorses, answer myriads of questions, encourage them through problems and offer training guidelines. New Vocations adoptees can be returned at any time, for any reason during their life." The stallion auction is New Vocations' biggest fundraiser of the year and a perfect opportunity for stallion owners to show their support of aftercare. Generating dollars is the ultimate goal, so if you don't have a breeding to donate, please consider a year-end contribution. New Vocations is a 501 (c) 3 charity; donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. For information about the stallion auction or donating a horse, email dot@horseadoption.com or call (937) 947-4020. Donations can be made through the website at www.NewVocations.org or mailed to New Vocations 3293 Wright Rd. Laura, OH 45337. To maximize advertising, breedings need to be received by January 1; however, breedings will be accepted right up until the auction Feb 4 and throughout the spring. Dot Morgan Executive Director New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

"Harness racing champions racing for yesterday's stars is what the Breeders Crown pledge is all about." stated Winnie Morgan Nemeth, the Standardbred Program Director for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. Trainers and owners have the opportunity to give back to Standardbreds retiring from the track by joining the Breeders Crown pledge. In 2018 this pledge raised over $12,000 for our program and allowed us to care for and transition over 100 Standardbreds into new homes. "This is an easy and effective way for racing connections to get involved and make a difference by giving back to the horses beyond the track," Nemeth said. "It is a positive way to show that harness racing does care about its retirees." New Vocations is a 501 (3) charity that focuses on rehabilitating, retraining and rehoming Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds leaving the track. Since its inception in 1992, New Vocations has placed over 7,000 retired racehorses into new homes. Connections can pledge to donate a small percentage of their horses' earnings in the upcoming Breeders Crown to support New Vocations' mission. To make a pledge, contact Winnie Morgan Nemeth 734-320-7918 or winnie@horseadoption.com or visit us online and pledge: newvocations.org/breeders-crown-pledge by Dot Morgan, for New Vocations  

The annual charity auction to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Delaware County Fair will be held Wednesday September 18 in conjunction with the Pre-Jug Party immediately following the Jugette. Over 125 items and services, including lots of harness racing items, will be offered in a silent auction via mobile bidding followed by a live auction of several premier items at 7:30 p.m. People will be able to view the items in advance and bid remotely from their mobile devices beginning at 11:00 a.m. To see the items and register to bid, visit: http://one.bidpal.net/prejugparty. New items will be added daily up to the event. Featured offerings include a South African Photo Safari, John Deere Lawn Tractor, Spyder Race Bike of choice, set of Nitro Wheels in color of choice and a charming 6' long Amish made wooden team of horses and wagon. These items along with vacations, harness racing art and memorabilia, jewelry, tickets to sporting events, home accessories, tack and professional services are all up for grabs at this exciting fundraising event. "We are able to offer some amazing horse racing art due to the generosity of Bobby and Pam Cline of Grove City. If you love horse racing or collect there are some fabulous pieces." stated Winnie Nemeth Standardbred Program Director for New Vocations. Come to the party or just support these two great organizations! Table sponsors are still being sought. FMI contact Dot Morgan (937) 947-4020 dot@horseadoption.com or Winnie Morgan Nemeth (734) 320-7918 winnie@horseadoption.com From New Vocations

Dot Morgan, executive director and facilities manager of the New Vocations racehorse adoption program, will be honored as the 2019 Lady Pace Honoree by the Delaware County Fair. A multitalented horsewoman, Morgan started the New Vocations racehorse adoption program in 1992 from her base in Laura, Ohio, and continues to this day as overseer of the organization's Standardbred division. New Vocations takes racehorses that are no longer competitive on the racetrack and helps them find a "new vocation," a second career, through its equine adoption program. More than 150 Standardbreds pass through New Vocations every year. As chief administrator, Morgan visits major equine events, produces newsletters and promotional/educational materials, and aids the group's finances with stallion auctions and the Pre-Jug Gala Benefit during Little Brown Jug week. She was a director of the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association for 17 years and an eight year trustee of the Christian Harness Horseman's Association. She was honored by the United States Harness Writers Association with their LeeAnne Pooler Unsung Hero Award in 2013. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association honored Morgan with the Rambling Willie Award in 2015. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Harness racing stallion breedings to Kadabra, Always A Virgin, Andover Hall, Racing Hill, Muscles Yankee and Conway Hall are among the 75+ offered in New Vocations Stallion Auction that also includes the recent additions of All Bets Off and Boston Red Rocks along with four Michigan stallions. The auction is currently in progress at https://ongait.com/s/newvocationsauction and will end at 2:00 pm Thursday Feb 7. The auction is held in an open-ended-format that allows for bidding up to two minutes after the last bid on breedings with high activity at the 2:00 pm cut off. All proceeds go to rehab, retrain, and rehome Standardbreds retiring from the track. For more information call (937) 947-4020 or email dot@horseadoption.com by Dot Morgan, for New Vocations          

Elkton, MD -- In this edition of Horse Highlight, Post Time with Mike and Mike teams up with New Vocations to feature Jimmer. This handsome 10-year-old by Equinox Bi has a way of getting everyone's attention when they walk into the barn. "It must be his unique look that makes people notice him, he leaves an impression on everyone," said Jimmer's former harness racing trainer Jessica Roegner. Jimmer gave it his all everytime he stepped foot on the race track, and when he just wasn't himself anymore, trainer Jessica Roegner decided it was time for Jimmer to retire. Jimmer had 117 starts during his racing career. With 22 trips to the winners' circle and a bankroll of over $172,645. "In 2015, the year we got him, he won multiple open races in New York. He set his lifetime mark of 1:54.1 before he injured his leg," said Roegner. "He was always fun to watch race because he never really got started until the half. He was one that would come charging hard late." "I've never been around a horse that has a more down to earth personality than Jimmer. " Roegner said. He is a people's horse who everyone seems to love. "His previous owner Sally Corlew, has always kept in touch with me on how he is doing. Even the fellow that delivered grain to us in New York still asks about him a year after we moved to Ohio." This well behaved, bay, gelding, is so gentle that both the young and the old are able to take care of him, and when it came to having someone on his back it was like he was an old pro. "While having time off he was at my mom's farm and we had my niece, Anna get on him. He didn't even move a muscle. He acted as if he'd been riding for years. He is always so eager to please." said Roegner. I (Jessica Otten) have taken care of Jimmer a couple of times while he was racing at Northfield Park in Ohio and I fell in love with him the minute I laid my eyes on him. He was so sweet and gentle, he was like a giant puppy. He did this thing when you walked him, he would move his head back and forth almost like he was nodding yes to you. It was so funny. He never did a thing wrong, hands down one of my favorites to take care of. After the race, its like he knew it was time for his treats. "He loves food, he will literally eat anything. I haven't found a treat he won't eat." Roegner said. I've (Otten) always kept up with him when he races and would often ask Jessica, on how he was doing. When she told me he was going to New Vocations I couldn't have been happier for him and this next step in his life. "For a trotter, Jimmer is exceptionally quiet. He was broke to ride in a matter of minutes and by the end of his first ride, Courtney Labarbera, our trainer, was able to stand up on his back with no hands! Jimmer is kind and so willing. In just a short time he is already a favorite in the barn." stated the Standardbred Program Director, Winnie Nemeth. Jimmer is at the Western New York facility and is up for adoption, for more information check out the New Vocations website. Be sure to visit www.newvocations.org and view out all of the amazing athletes they have up for adoption, remember, make your next horse an ex-racehorse! By Jessica Otten, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Elkton, MD -- In this edition of Horse Highlight, Post Time with Mike and Mike teams up with New Vocations to feature the eye-catching, brown harness racing gelding, son of American Winner, Boytown who was donated by Kennedy Sports Corporation (Dan Kennedy). Kennedy has sent many horses to New Vocations over the years, ensuring his horses have a good home to go to. Boytown mainly raced in the Midwest, with 140 starts he was no stranger to the winners circle making the trip there 32 times. At age five, he took a mark of 1:52.4 at The Meadows in the Preferred trot, with Aaron Merriman abroad. During his career, Boytown made $433,140, his best season to date was in 2012 where he bankrolled over $100,000. "I only had him 8 starts before he started to get sore on me, and that is when I decided he deserved to go to New Vocations," previous trainer Clair Umholtz said. "He always gave us his all when he was on the track. He gave us a win in the Open while he was with us, that was pretty special, but what made him the barn favorite was his personality," said Umholtz. Previous trainer Alicia Hanners said, "He is one of the kindest horses I have ever come across, in my time being in this business. He came to our stable when my daughter was just seven years old, and he let her do anything with him, he was so gentle with her, and she absolutely adored him." Boytown is known for his big heart, not only on but off of the track. He is going to make someone very happy I am so glad he is going to New Vocations, he deserves the best," said Hanners. Currently at New Vocations, Boytown is enjoying his time and learning new tasks to advance into his post-racing career. "He has a great look for a riding horse with his pretty bay color and black points. His tail is so full it looks fake! He loves being a riding horse and is super fancy under saddle. We see him being a great trail horse and/or show horse." stated Standardbred Program Director Winnie Nemeth. Boytown is up for adoption, for more information check out the New Vocations website. Be sure to visit www.newvocations.org and view all of the amazing athletes they have for adoption, remember, make your next horse an ex-racehorse! By Jessica Otten, for Post Time with Mike and Mike  

For the third consecutive year, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has offered the Breeders Crown Pledge to the industry's leading owners, trainers and drivers as a way to give to back to the horses that are no longer racing by pledging a percentage of their earnings to New Vocations. Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC graciously were the first trainer and ownership group to join, and they had a stellar evening winning three Breeders Crown championships with Dorsoduro Hanover, Warrawee Ubeaut and Percy Blue Chip. "As a group we feel it is so important to give back to the horses as they are obviously the true stars of the sport," stated Mark Weaver. Diamond Creek Racing joined for the first time this year pledging all four of their horses, with Proof coming in a strong second in the 2-Year-Old Colt Pace and Pure Country finishing third in the Mare Pace. "We applaud the efforts of New Vocations, who with the support of others is able to directly contribute to the successful futures of many of these horses," said Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Racing. Owner Howard Taylor pledged his Breeders Crown winner Tactical Landing in the 3-Year-Old Colt Trot and Hambletonian winner Atlanta, who was a close second in the 3-Year-Old Filly Trot. The team behind Breeders Crown Mare Pace winner Shartin N was on board as the husband-wife training combination of Jim King, Jr. and Jo Ann Looney-King along with driver Tim Tetrick. "It really is exciting to see the industry's leading professionals giving back through their horses' success via this pledge," said Standardbred Program Director Winnie Morgan Nemeth. "We are very grateful for each and every horse that raced for us last Saturday night." New Vocations would like to thank all pledge supporters including first-time pledgers Dandy Farms, Odds on Racing and Holland Racing Stables. "This pledge helps us rehab, retrain and rehome over 100 retired Standardbreds annually through our proven adoption model. It is truly win-win for all involved," said Morgan-Nemeth. To learn more about New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, visit www.NewVocations.org. From New Vocations

The Breeders Crown Team Handicapping Contest on last Saturday's (Oct. 27) Breeders Crown championship card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono was over before the half. When Garnet Barnsdale turned his total $360 in wagers on the 3-Year-Old Colt Trot (Race 7) into a cash of $2,895, it propelled Team Gallo Blue Chip to an easy victory. As a result, New Vocations will receive the first-place prize of $1,000 from the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown, which sponsored the contest that included 12 of harness racing's top handicappers. The 12 players were divided into three teams of four members each, playing for three designated charities: Harness Horse Youth Foundation, New Vocations and Standardbred Retirement Foundation. Each team member handicapped three Crown finals. All wagers were mythical and players were limited to $100 maximum win or win/place combination, $100 maximum in total exacta wagers, and $120 maximum in total trifecta wagers. Barnsdale, the Woodbine Mohawk Park handicapper for DRF Harness, took full advantage of altering his selections when morning-line favorite Six Pack was an early scratch. While Barnsdale already had a $100 win bet on eventual champ Tactical Landing, he switched his exacta and trifecta selections and was able to nail both. While his win wager resulted in a cash of just $140, Barnsdale had a $100 straight exacta ticket that returned $1,250 and a $10 trifecta ticket that was worth $1,505. Barnsdale's total cash of $2,895 was actually more than each of the other two teams had in total. With teammates Gordon Waterstone cashing for a total of $1,158.50, Gabe Prewitt for $692.50, and Ellie Sarama for $578, Team Gallo Blue Chip's total cash was $5,324. Finishing second with a total of $2,730 and earning $500 for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation was Team Foiled Again, which consisted of Allan Schott, Dave Brower, Derick Giwner and Dave Weaver. Slightly more than half the team's bankroll came from Weaver, who was the only handicapper in the contest to cash in all three of his designated races. Weaver, a host on the TVG network, saw his biggest return come in the Open Pace, where he had a $50 place wager on Filibuster Hanover, the runner-up to McWicked, as well as a two-horse $50 exacta box and a $5 trifecta box that in all totaled $868.50 and brought his overall total to $1,403.50. Finishing third with a total of $2,346.90 and earning $250 for the Standardbred Retirement Foundation was Team Moni Maker, which consisted of Mark McKelvie, Megan Maccario, Michael Carter and Sally Hinckley. It was Hinckley, a longtime oddsmaker and handicapper, who led the team with a final bankroll of $1,522.50. Hinckley's biggest cash of $1,070 came in the 3-Year-Old Colt Pace, where she had a $50 place wager on Lather Up, who was second to Dorsoduro Hanover, and a $50 two-horse exacta box that returned $965. "Great job by all the Breeders Crown handicappers," said Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown COO Moira Fanning. "The 12 championships from The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono had a little something for everyone, from favorites to longshots. The Hambletonian Society is happy to sponsor this contest which results in real dollars for some very special charities --- Standardbred aftercare and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Thanks to all for the efforts." From the Breeders Crown

In this edition of Horse Highlight, Post Time with Mike and Mike teams up with New Vocations to feature a handsome Yankee Cruiser gelding, Hare Craft, who was donated by Mark Jakubik in June of 2018. With 203 starts behind the starting car, Hare Craft is a well-known pacer who made his way from the East Coast, over to the Mid West, up into Canada. With a bankroll of over $530,000, Hare Craft knew his way to the winner's circle making 42 trips there. At the age of three, Hare Craft established his lifetime make at Woodbine Mohawk Park, pacing the mile 1:49.3. We got a chance to talk to the previous owner of Hare Craft, Mark Jakubik who claimed him in 2015, while he was racing at Pocono Downs for $25,000. Mark had many memories while he had Hare Craft. "Hare Craft was consistent in the Open Pace at Northfield Park in 2016, one race that I remember specifically is when he won by seven open lengths in the Open Pace pacing the mile in 1:50.3," Jakubik stated. In 2016, Hare Craft was invited and competed in the Myron Charna Presidents Race, a race full of the best Ohio Sired pacers. He was a game second to Dancin Yankee. In March of 2017, Hare Craft broke his coffin bone. "I provided him with as much time as he needed for his recovery to heal. He returned back to the races in October but just wasn't at the same level of racing or interest to race, so I decided to retire him in June of 2018," explained Jakubik. Jakubik talked about the many characteristics the gelding has, "He is a very smart horse with a big heart. He always did his best and gave us his best efforts on the race track." shared Jakubik. "The little devil, that is what I nicknamed him, loved carrots and apples. He would nudge you while walking past him for a treat. Hare Craft deserves a great family and home." "Hare Craft is a pretty well-known racehorse and a favorite to many. This pacer had a career and was bred by a family friend of ours, Share Admas of Georgetown, KY. So it is great to help transition a horse to a new career. He has been the ultimate professional, learning quickly to what it means to have a saddle and rider on his back. With more time and training, we think he will be able to canter as well! Hare Craft will certainly excel as a riding horse just as he has done as a racehorse." shared Winnie Nemeth, Standardbred Program director. Hare Craft is now up for adoption, for more information visit the New Vocations website. Be sure to visit www.newvocations.org and check out all of the amazing athletes we have for adoption, remember, make your next horse an ex-racehorse! By Jessica Otten, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

Prominent owners are stepping up to support aftercare by participating in the New Vocations Breeders Crown Pledge. This event asks owners, trainers and drivers of Breeders Crown finalists to pledge a percentage of their earnings or commissions from the championship races Saturday night. No amount is too small. Every dollar goes toward the rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming of Standardbreds leaving the track. So far, Diamond Creek Farm has pledged their exceptional 2-year-old pacing colts Proof and Blood Money, as well as their stellar 3-year-pacing colt Grand Teton and the awesome aged pacing mare Pure Country.  Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi have pledged their ownership interests in the crack 2-year-old pacing fillies St Somewhere and Warrawee Ubeaut, along with the extremely fast 3-year-old pacing filly Double A Mint and the 3-year-old pacing star Dorsoduro Hanover. Howard Taylor has pledged for his interest in the amazing elimination winners Atlanta, Tactical Landing and Shnitzledosomethin. Jim and Joanne King just came on as trainers. "Diamond Creek Farm has always stressed the importance of aftercare for the Standardbred, from our herd of retired mares to our ex-racehorse babysitters,” said farm owner Adam Bowden. “We applaud the efforts of New Vocations, who with the support of others is able to directly contribute to the successful futures of many of these horses.  "The Standardbred is sadly often overlooked as a riding horse. Intelligent and durable, they can be some of the best companions in the ring or on the trail. Diamond Creek believes it is important to promote the versatility of the breed.  We are proud to continue to support New Vocations through this pledge. Through their training and rehoming program, they have been able to educate the public on the attributes of the Standardbred as a riding companion and have provided successful and happy 2nd careers for many deserving animals." New Vocations continues to seek pledges from additional owners, trainers and drivers through Saturday. Any that have not pledged but feel especially blessed following the races are encouraged to consider donating to this important effort. To make a pledge, contact Winnie Morgan Nemeth 734-320-7918 or winnie@horseadoption.com or Dot Morgan 937-947-4020 ordot@horseadoption.com or go to newvocations.org/breeders-crown-pledge. by Dot Morgan, for New Vocations

“Harness racing champions racing for yesterday’s stars is what the Breeders Crown pledge is all about.” stated Winnie Morgan Nemeth the Standardbred Program Director for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. Owners, trainers and drivers have the opportunity to give back to Standardbreds retiring from the track by joining the Breeders Crown pledge. In 2017, this pledge raised over $20,000 to help rehab, retrain and rehome Standardbreds. “This is an easy and effective way for Breeders Crown connections to get involved and make a difference by giving back to the horses beyond the track,” Nemeth said. “It is important to show that harness racing does care about its retirees.”  The percentage pledged is totally up to the donor and applied to their percentage of the earnings or commissions. No amount is too small. “There is no overhead with this fundraiser,” Nemeth said, “so every dollar goes to the horses.” To make a pledge, contact Winnie Morgan Nemeth 734-320-7918 or winnie@horseadoption.com or Dot Morgan 937-947-4020 or dot@horseadoption.com or go to newvocations.org/breeders-crown-pledge. by Dot Morgan, for New Vocations

The opportunity to lead the post parade for the 1st heat of the Little Brown Jug with Foiled Again has just been added to the Pre-Jug Party Charity Auction Sept. 19, at the Delaware County Fair! The offering is for one person sharing a double seat jog cart with the driver as they parade the first heat of the Little Brown Jug. Foiled Again is on his farewell tour before retiring as the richest horse in harness racing history with earnings in excess of $7,500,000! The annual Pre-Jug Party auction generates thousands of dollars each year to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Delaware County Fair. "Foiled Again is the classiest, wisest, most accommodating Standardbred I've ever met," said New Vocations Executive Director Dot Morgan. "I was privileged to spend three days with him at Breyerfest, and I was astounded at his personable, kind temperament and total professionalism. We are thrilled to be able to auction off this once in a lifetime experience with the proceeds benefitting retired racehorses. I'd like to express my deep appreciation to Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables for this exciting donation." If leading the Little Brown Jug post parade with Foiled Again would be your dream come true, email Dot Morgan at dot@horseadoption.com or text (937) 205-4667 to get a party invitation. From New Vocations  

The annual charity auction to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Delaware County Fair will be held Wednesday September 19 in conjunction with the Pre-Jug Party immediately following the Jugette. Over 125 items and services will be offered in a silent auction via mobile bidding followed by a live auction of 10 premier items at 7:30 p.m. People will be able to view the items in advance and bid remotely from their mobile devices beginning at 10:00 a.m. To see the items and register to bid, visit: www.wedoauctions.net/prejugparty. New items will be added daily up to the event. Featured offerings include a South African Photo Safari, John Deere Lawn Tractor, Spyder race bike of choice, a live Miniature weanling and a set of New Nitro wheels. These items along with vacations, harness racing art and memorabilia, jewelry, tickets to sporting events, home accessories, tack and professional services are all up for grabs at this exciting fundraising event. Come to the party or just support these two great organizations! Table sponsors are still being sought. FMI contact Dot Morgan (937) 947-4020 dot@horseadoption.com or Winnie Morgan Nemeth (734) 320-7918 winnie@horseadoption.com The Beneficiaries New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program New Vocations is the largest racehorse adoption program in the country. It was founded in 1992 to offer retiring Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds a safe-haven, rehabilitation, and vocational training prior to placement in carefully screened and monitored homes. New Vocations accepts horses from racetracks and farms throughout the eastern United States at locations in Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and New York. Horses are equipped with new skills and placed with experienced, caring individuals where "once again, each can be a star." Over 6,500 retired racehorses have found new homes and careers through the efforts of New Vocations. The Delaware County Agricultural Society The Delaware County Agricultural Society has run its annual fair since 1834. The organization promotes agriculture through the operation of the fairgrounds and the many events held there throughout the year. The Delaware County Agricultural Society is celebrating its 73rd year conducting the greatest pacing race in the sport, The Little Brown Jug. The Fairgrounds is home to a thriving community of harness horses and maintains one of the fastest racetracks in the world. The Delaware County Agricultural Society promotes harness racing and its lore to thousands of fans and strives to maintain the history while promoting the future of our sport. From Dot Morgan, for New Vocations  

In this edition of Horse Highlight, Post Time with Mike and Mike teams up with New Vocations to feature the beautiful 2010 Somebeachsomewhere colt, "Camvault" who was donated by Wendy Cameron. Cameron bred and raised Camvault as she adored him dearly. "Camvault was perhaps one of the best-bred colts we have bred and foaled at our farm. He is definitely our largest foal and is absolutely the best looking foal/horse we have owned. I say one of the best-bred because we have his full brother, Cammikey, who was very successful racing for us. "Cam resembles more of his dam, Always Cam and Vault more like his sire, Somebeachsomewhere." shared Cameron. When breeding a horse, the best part about it is naming the foal. Camvault has a meaning behind his name as Cameron took time to explain, "Camvault originates from our family's origin of the "Cam " name. The original Cam was named Cambev after our company's original name, Cameron Beverages. "Later our company was named Cameron Coca-Cola. Vault was a popular Coca-Cola brand at the time, so Camvault was born, it also happened to be my mother's favorite soft drink and she names our foals." Starting into his two-year-old year he had a few setbacks. He struggled with some health issues when he began training as a yearling. He had stifle surgery as a two-year-old at Ohio State University, where they placed screws in his stifles; he raced with no issues after that. "He was very fortunate to have Dr. Alicia Bertone and had a very successful outcome." proclaimed Cameron. "He trained back and began racing as a three-year-old. Unfortunately, his size, confirmation, and strength did not overcome his nervousness on the track. "We decided to retire him and take him home. I continued to work with him at our farm with aqua treading, lunging, and daily turnout. In addition, he spent 5 months with Julie Allison learning to be a riding horse." Cameron added. Camvault had a short racing career with only 12 starts and putting in over $15,000 in the bank. While being in contact with Cameron you could tell how passionate she was about not only Camvault, but every horse that comes into her care. "She wants nothing but the best for them on and off the race track. It was a difficult decision for us to part with Vault, however, he matured a great deal not being on the track and we felt he needed a more productive life and hopefully someone who can give him a wonderful home," stated Cameron.   "He seems to really like riding a lot. He is a little pushy on the ground and needed a reminder in manners, but now is doing excellent. He will make a fantastic show or trail horse." stated Winnie Nemeth, Standardbred Program Director. "It was great that Cameron saw the benefit to continue training Camvalut as a riding horse to help him excel in his next career. This will be essential in helping him find the perfect adopter," said Nemeth.   Camvault will be soon posted for adoption; he is a part of the "Back to School" special. Originally the adoption fee would be $800, but through the end of September, you will get $200 off. Be sure to visit www.newvocations.org and check out all of the amazing athletes we have for adoption, remember, make your next horse an ex-racehorse! By Jessica Otten, for Post Time with Mike and Mike  

This month in the New Vocations Horse Highlight we are featuring a well-known, classy horse through the Midwest, Virgil, donated by Tyler and Cassie George. As a racehorse, Virgil, the beautiful black gelding stepped onto the race track 95 times, making his way to the winners circle 18 times, rolling in over $200,000 to the bank. When talking with previous connections, Cassie George, I could tell he was more than just a racehorse to him, he was a pet to her. "Virgil is definitely a girls horse; he loved me unconditionally but wasn't a fan of my husband or the vet," Casie chuckled. Virgil spent most of his time racing in Indiana, traveling over to Ohio here and there and made a trip out East a few times. Casie's favorite memory while racing Virgil is when he won the Ohio Ladies Pace final during Jug week at the Delaware County Fair. "When he won the ladies pace final, he sat last the whole mile and I still don't even know how he won, but he always finished with all he had, and that day he didn't disappoint, outside post and all. Even though the purse was small, watching that replay over and over again makes me smile every time. He made a lot of people happy that day and I think he knew it," explained Cassie. It was a very tough decision to make when it came time to place Virgil with New Vocations because Cassie loved having him in the barn, he was that one horse she looked forward to seeing every morning when she got there. But she knew to retire him was for the best. "He fractured his knee about two years ago, we rested him and tried him again but he was never the same 'Virgil.' He just wasn't being competitive anymore. One training day he just didn't seem himself in between training trips, so I completely stripped him, gave him a bubble bath and told Tyler not to worry about going a back with him again. I just didn't want to see him struggle," stated Cassie. "I know this is a business and about making money, but to me, it isn't everything, I want my horses to be taken care." Virgil is the kind of horse that always needs to have a job, the New Vocations program is perfect for him, as they are in search of a new home for him to give him a second career. Cassie said, "He loves having a job. He needed to have a purpose he wasn't quite content with being a pasture pet like my other two retires." "Virgil was a quick learner and loves being a riding horse. He has a great personality and seems to have a permanent smile on his face," stated Winnie Nemeth, Standardbred Program Director. Virgil will be posted very soon for adoption, be sure to visit www.newvocations.org and check out all of the amazing athletes we have for adoption, remember, make your next horse an ex-racehorse! by Jessica Otten, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

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