New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has announced that leading harness racing owner Burke Racing Stable and an anonymous Thoroughbred donor have become the newest $50,000 Foundation Donors for the New Vocations Capital Campaign.
To date the campaign has raised over $1.6 million of the $2 million needed to build a racehorse aftercare facility on historic Mereworth Farm, in Lexington, Kentucky.
"New Vocations has been close to my heart for the past 24 years,” said Mickey Burke, who owns Burke Racing Stable with his son Ronnie. “Ronnie and I both feel this is a great way to show our support for the wonderful work this organization does for the many horses entering the program and getting adopted each year.”
Anna Ford, New Vocations’ Thoroughbred program director, added, “We are blessed to have leaders in both the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industry supporting our Capital Campaign. New Vocations at Mereworth Farm is already proving to increase our ability to get more horses transitioned into new homes.”
The New Vocations Capital Campaign was launched in May 2015 and the first group of horses moved into the Whirlwind Poppy barn on April 15, 2016. The Lexington team has been able to carry on the aftercare operations as usual despite being in the middle of a constant construction zone. As of December, 110 horses have come to the new facility and 80 have already been adopted. Once the project is complete, the new facility will double the number of horses New Vocations can take at its Lexington operation.
To follow the campaign’s progress and learn more about the naming and giving oppor