Laura, OH --- New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has announced the expansion of its Standardbred division to Laurel Haven Farm. The beautiful facility southeast of Columbus is managed by professional trainer Jennifer Daniels.
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|Jennifer Daniels and the 3-year-old pacing gelding Inglorious Barnard, a horse that she is currently transitioning.|
Daniels has strong harness racing credentials that include working in various capacities at the United States Trotting Association for the past eight years. An Ohio State University graduate with a degree in Animal Sciences, Daniels also has competed in hunter/jumpers and dressage as well as worked for some of the top show barns in New York.
“It’s essential to the racing industry that programs are in place to rehab, retrain and rehome the horses retiring from the tracks,” said Standardbred Program Director Winnie Nemeth. “This expansion should better serve the racing community throughout the Eastern United States.”
Located in the heart of the Midwest, near Interstates I-70 & I-71, the new facility is also convenient for shippers coming from the east coast. Laurel Haven Farm has ample stalls, 25 acres of paddocks and pastures and a 70 x 200 indoor arena.
In addition to Daniels' vast experience, her husband, Gray, is a commercial shipper that frequents many tracks and can easily be accessed to take horses to New Vocations.
New Vocations is the largest racehorse adoption program in the country, annually taking in more than 400 retiring Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds that are rehabbed, retrained and placed in carefully screened and monitored homes. The program focuses on retraining and adoption rather than retirement as the solution for large numbers of unwanted racehorses.
“It’s too expensive for most people to justify keeping a horse that cannot be ridden,” Nemeth said. “Equipping the horses with basic pleasure riding skills is the key to finding them homes where they will be loved and appreciated.”
New Vocations has grown from placing 40 horses a year in 1992 to averaging more than 400 annually. It has Thoroughbred facilities in Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania and Standardbred facilities in Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. Executive Director and founder, Dot Morgan, was recently honored as the recipient of the LeeAnn Pooler Unsung Hero Award by the United States Harness Writers Association.