New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced they have expanded their efforts by opening a satellite facility in Covington, La. The new facility will focus solely on taking in horses retiring from one of the four Louisiana racetracks as well as training centers and farms within the state.
Last November former jockey Rosie Napravnik initiated talks with both New Vocations and the Louisiana HBPA, expressing her concern for the need to create more aftercare options for retired racehorses in the state. Those talks lead to what will now be the New Vocations Louisiana facility located at the Equi-Best Equestrian Center.
“It was clear that Louisiana needed help with Thoroughbred aftercare and I knew there had to be a way that I could assist,” shared Rosie Napravnik. “After making the connection with Morgan Vaughn and Lynn Quast, of Equi-Best Equestrian Center, I felt we really had all the right people in place. In my experience with aftercare, New Vocations has always been at the top of the list, so reaching out to them was a no-brainer. With the support of the LAHBPA, we are all very optimistic about the new facility. We are excited to offer the horseman in Louisiana another alternative for their horses when they are finished racing!”
“We had been following some of the issues that were going on in Louisiana concerning aftercare, so when Rosie approached us, we were very interested in seeing if we could help,” shared New Vocations Thoroughbred Program Director Anna Ford. “Every time we have opened a new facility it has naturally allowed us to increase our capacity and ultimately serve more horses. I really admire what the NTWO has been able to do in less than a year. We hope that by adding an additional aftercare option that owners and trainers in the state will be more likely to utilize one of the programs.”
To date the expansion has been well received and supported by both the industry and an outside granting source. Napravnik will be spreading awareness and seeking further funding to ensure the facility is sustainable long term. The New Vocations Louisiana facility is open and has already taken in a handful of horses. Anyone interested in learning more about the program or donating a horse should visit www.newvocations.org or call 859-252-9574.