New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show Prizes

It was a great honor for us at Alizarin Chestnut to have the opportunity to craft trophies for the 20th Annual New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show, set to take place from June 2-4, 2023, in the beautiful city of Aiken, South Carolina. 

New Vocations, founded by Dot Morgan in Ohio in 1992, stands as the oldest and largest racehorse adoption program in the country. This esteemed organization serves over 500 horses each year; and their commitment to thoroughbred aftercare has been exemplary, as they work tirelessly towards providing a smooth transition for retired racehorses into their post-racing lives. 

To stay updated with New Vocations’ initiatives, news, and available horses, you can follow them online:


The trophies chosen for the upcoming show were yet another rewarding collaboration with my husband Chris and his mad woodworking skills (check out his work at Bird Brain Woodworking). They include groom boxes made from hackberry and hickory. These boxes feature a laser-engraved show logo, moveable dividers, and an offset handle, allowing them to hang conveniently on stall doors. We also designed a western dressage charcuterie board made of walnut. We then laser-engraved western dressage art and the show logo into it and filled them with teal resin. 

We would like to extend our special thanks to Maranda Crittenden for providing us with a tour of the organization’s incredible facilities at the picturesque 1,200-acre Mereworth Farm in Lexington, KY. It was a treat to experience the location in person!

To all the competitors participating in the show, we wish you the best of luck. Your dedication to showcasing the talents and abilities of these incredible horses contributes to raising awareness about thoroughbred aftercare and the importance of providing a second chance to these magnificent animals.

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Lesley A.J. Baumann

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