New Vocations to Host Thoroughbreds For All Event


Chris McCarron was one of the presenters at the 2013 Thoroughbreds For All Event (Photo by Melissa Bauer-Herzog).

Edited press release

The 2014 Thoroughbreds For All event presented by New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and Retired Racehorse Training Project has been scheduled for April 25.

This year’s Thoroughbreds For All event star line up will include Olympic dressage rider Linda Zang, Pan American Games eventing gold medalist Lynn Symansky, and Kentucky Oaks winning jockey Rosie Napravnik. 

All three will share their experience in working with retired racehorses to an expected crowd of over 600 Thoroughbred enthusiasts. The evening event begins at 5:30pm, following the Rolex dressage, just fifteen miles from the Kentucky Horse Park in the covered arena at New Vocation’s Lexington facility, West Wind Farm.  A southern style dinner and cash bar will be included in the evening festivities.

This year’s event will focus on the versatility of the Thoroughbred by incorporating a variety of riding disciplines throughout the evening. Linda Zang, who is best known as America's most respected international dressage judge and a veteran of the 1980 Olympics, will lead a session on retraining the Thoroughbred for dressage. During her session Nuno Santos will ride one of America’s most promising and best-bred dressage horses, Ken’s Kitten, by leading sire Kitten’s Joy.

Rosie Napravnik, who currently sits at the top of the jockey standings at Fair Grounds Race Course, is ranked fifth on the North American leader board. She became the first woman in history to win the Kentucky Oaks in 2012 and broke Hall of Fame jockey, Julie Krone’s 20 year year-end earnings record that same year.  She will not only share her experience but will also demonstrate it with her own retired racehorse, “Sugar”. Napravnik’s demonstration will include a tack change to showcase the versatility and athletic ability of the Thoroughbred. 

Lastly, Lynn Symansky, who with her retired racehorse Donner, helped the United States win gold at the 2011 Pan American Games in eventing and placed fifth at last year's Rolex CCI**** will share her experience in retraining Thoroughbreds for eventing. Lynn will use one of New Vocations’ horses during her session as well as an advanced horse to demonstrate different training tips.

“We are thrilled to host this wonderful event again which has been so well received by both the equestrian and racing communities,” said Anna Ford, New Vocations’ program director. “Having highly respected equestrians under one roof, who truly love Thoroughbreds, creates a dynamic educational opportunity.”

“Our lineup this year is as good as it gets,” said RRTP’s Steuart Pittman. “Lynne, Linda, and Rosie are all superheroes to their fans. Their insights will inspire us with an even greater respect for Kentucky’s greatest product: the Thoroughbred horse.” 

All sessions will be moderated by Steuart Pittman of RRTP and Anna Ford of New Vocations. The event will run from 5:30p.m. to 9p.m. and will include a southern style dinner and cash bar. Tickets are available for purchase online at for $35 each. Proceeds from the event will benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and Retired Racehorse Training Project; both are 501(c) 3 charitable organizations.


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