A few Friday nights ago, I set up my office in what looked a lot like a Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farm, with picturesque fields, pristine barns, and top-pedigree racehorses.

Not a bad place to spend a few hours working, right?

Photo: Stephanie L. Church/TheHorse.com

But this was neither a Thoroughbred nursery nor a race training facility. It was West Wind Farm, a boarding and sport horse facility, and I was attending Thoroughbreds for All, an event that New Vocations Racehorse Adoption and the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) hold annually in Kentucky the weekend of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. New Vocations, a program that rehab, retrains, and rehomes retired racehorses in several states, currently bases its Kentucky operations at West Wind; building at its permanent location is in progress. The RRP is an organization that works to facilitate placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them. The event centered on assessments of several retired racehorses by professionals experienced in selecting and training Thoroughbreds for second careers (off-track Thoroughbreds, or OTTBs). In addition, three clinicians gave mini-lessons to retired racehorses and/or their riders: dressage trainer and rider Reese Koffler-Stanfield; eventer Laine Ashke