Vancouver, BC, May 20, 2015 – Last year an estimated 22,000 Thoroughbred foals were registered in North America and will soon be making their racing debuts. When those horses retire from racing, they will need to find new careers. That’s where New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society comes in.
New Stride is proud to showcase the athleticism and talent of the Thoroughbred horse with the launch of its second annual 100-Day Trainer Challenge. “Thoroughbreds are such an incredibly versatile breed,” said Bill Randall, President of New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society. “Our Challenge will show the public what these horses are capable of doing, ultimately promoting ownership of Thoroughbreds and helping to transition more horses into new careers.”
The idea of the 100-Day Trainer Challenge originated with Sophia McKee of Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn, Washington. It has been an incredibly successful initiative for Thoroughbreds in the U.S. and New Stride hopes to bring that success to British Columbia and Canada.
New Stride’s 100-Day Trainer Challenge will showcase Thoroughbred ex-racehorses as they transition into new careers. New Stride will promote their journey throughout the 100-days and educate the public on the athleticism and intelligence of the breed as well as their suitability as a sport horse and useful riding horse. The Challenge will culminate with a Thoroughbred Showcase at Thunderbird Show Park on October 4, 2015. The end goal is placement of the horses into permanent homes via a bidding auction at the finale.
Details about the Challenge can be found online at: http://www.newstride.com/about-the-jumper-challenge.html
About New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society:
New Stride is a registered charity dedicated to finding adoptive homes and new careers for Thoroughbred racehorses. The charity was founded at Hastings Racecourse in 2002 by a group of concerned owners, breeders and backstretch workers who sought to provide a dignified retirement for as many Thoroughbreds as possible.
During its existence New Stride has placed over 140 Thoroughbreds into adoptive homes and assisted many owners and trainers in connecting horses coming off the track with opportunities for new careers and homes. The organization also offers assistance to Thoroughbred owners outside the racing community in the form of information, advice and free advertising of horses for sale on its website. For more information, visit: www.newstride.com