Rescue Roundup: 40 Standardbreds Saved; 25th Thoroughbred Place With Pony Clubber

New Vocations Pony Club Challenge program pairs ex-racehorses with Pony Club members who retain them and may compete Pony Club Championships East in Tryon, N.C. in 2018. Credits: Provided

MILLSTONE TWP., N.J. — When more 40 Standardbreds were found in immediate danger of shipping to foreign slaughterhouses, the Standardbred Retirement Foundation and Save Our Standardbreds from Slaughter sprung into action.

With just two days before the deadline the call for help went out and, with the help of a deadline extension, all were saved. Several of the horses are in good shape, some very poor, a few injured, and blind.

The SRF was already 20% over budget with 272 Standardbreds presently under its full expense so the cost of the new rescues had to be covered in advance.

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"We do all we can to say "yes", but we have reached that point where we cannot in this situation. In the past 10 months SRF helped 412 trotters and pacers along with the volunteers at S.O.S.S.", said Cathy Jones, SRF's Equine Manager. SRF has a record-breaking number of adoptions this year, more than double from last year, another reason for a stretched budget.

Some will be homed with people soon. Some will come to SRF for the care they deserve after years of pounding the track, and years of pounding the asphalt.

"The thanks for helping every one of them is difficult to express," Tammy Cailliau, SRF's Administrator, struggles to say, "It's been tough, and emotional, and our gratitude is immense."

SRF is different than any other organization:

  • Helps Standardbreds exclusively;
  • Does not limit help to only adoptable horses;
  • Follows up for life on a semi-annual basis so no horse is ever at risk again;
  • Never relinquishes ownership, requiring any adopted horse in need of another home to be returned to SRF.

To adopt a horse from SRF see or contact Tammy at e-mail or call  732-446-4422

25th New Vocations Pony Club Challenge Horse Adopted

LEXINGTON, Ky. —  New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is halfway to its goal of re-homing 50 retiring racehorses with United States Pony Clubs members.

This re-homing effort is part of the New Vocations Pony Club Challenge program. The program is a unique partnership between the nation’s oldest and largest racehorse adoption program and the United States Pony Clubs, an organization focused on developing character, leadership, confidence and a sense of community in youth through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies, riding and mounted sports.

This program brings together United States Pony Clubs members, Horse Masters or Riding Centers in good standing who have achieved their C-1 certification or higher with retired Thoroughbred racehorses. The Challenge is designed to showcase the versatility of retired racehorses and provide Pony Club members with an educational tool to enhance their learning experiences.

Adopters of Challenge horses receive a horse, an $1,800 stipend and the ability to compete against other Challenge members for $10,000 in cash and prizes at Pony Club Championships East in Tryon, N.C., in 2018. Competitors can ride in one of six disciplines: dressage, eventing, games, polocrosse, show jumping or western.

The stipend has no restrictions; it can be used for veterinary expenses, training, transportation, entry fees or anything else pertaining to the care of the Challenge horse.

Once the Challenge is completed, adopters of Challenge horses are able to keep, sell or lease their horses. It is hoped that this innovative program will allow New Vocations to place even more retiring racehorses into caring, qualified homes each year.

"Placing horses into loving, qualified homes is at the heart of New Vocations' mission, and partnering with Pony Club has allowed to expand our efforts and reach. We're looking forward to adopting even more horses to Pony Club members and watching them compete at Champs East in 2018," says New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford.

Of the 25 horses that have been placed in new homes, 16 of them plan to compete in Tryon in Eventing; three plan to compete in show jumping and six plan to compete in dressage.

New Vocations is looking to place an additional 25 horses into approved homes by Jan. 31.

Funding for the New Vocations Pony Club Challenge is provided by the WaterShed Animal Fund, which invests in innovative programs with exemplary institutions and individuals to better the lives of companion animals. More information can be found at

Interested in adopting a Pony Club Challenge horse? Visit or e-mail Lindsay at

About New Vocations – New Vocations first opened its doors to retired racehorses in 1992. Starting with a single farm in Dayton, Ohio, the program has grown to six facilities in Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Serving over 40 racetracks, the program works directly with owners and trainers in need of aftercare for their horses. New Vocations leads the nation in racehorse adoptions, taking in over 450 horses a year. The focus is on adoption verses retirement as the solution for a large number of horses leaving the track. Through education and adoption, each horse gets a purpose and a home.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership.

UHC Publishes Estate Planning Guide

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Estate Planning: A Guide for Equine Owners,” is now available from the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC).

“Unfortunately, the UHC receives quite a few calls about horses whose owners have passed away, and the next of kin or friend is unsure what exactly to do with the horse, or even lacks the knowledge to care for the horse,” said UHC Director Ashley Furst. “The UHC is often looked towards as a resource for information, so we felt publishing a guide to Estate Planning would help expand our message of what Owning Responsibly entails. While estate planning can certainly be a tough subject to talk about, we feel horse owners will find the brochure to be a very helpful guide when it comes to planning for the future.”

The Estate Planning Guide examines the differences between setting up a trust versus simply naming the horse in your will, the different types of trusts available, as well as other considerations to keep in mind such as registration papers and medical records for the horse, equipment, land, and your equine business.

“The UHC intends this to be a general guide for estate planning as it applies to your horses, and we certainly recommend contacting a knowledgeable equine attorney to guide you through the details of estate planning involving your equine,” said Furst.

A pdf of the brochure can be found on the UHC’s website at and hard copies of the brochure are also available upon request. If you or your organization is interested in receiving copies, please email Furst at

Blue Star Equiculture Finds A New Home

NEW SALEM, Mass. — Blue Star Equiculture, which serves as the official retirement home for the New York City carriage horses, has found a new home and has launched a fundraising campaign.

The property surrounded by protected DCR forest.

Blue Star Equiculture is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2009 to help our community's retired, disabled and homeless horses.

See for more information.

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