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Thoroughbred Makeover Schedule and Entries Announced

One month from now the Breeders’ Cup Festival begins in Lexington, Kentucky. The week of festivities begins with the TCA Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium at the Kentucky Horse Park where $100,000 in prize money will be distributed to owners of two hundred Thoroughbreds that have recently been trained in in ten different riding sports. The event is sponsored by Thoroughbred Charities of America and organized by Retired Racehorse Project (RRP). View image | gettyimages.com The weekend is a celebration of the talent and trainability of the off-track Thoroughbred and includes ten seminars, seventy vendors, a marketplace of horses trained for the event, polo, show jumping, cattle work, dressage, barrel racing, eventing, competitive trail riding, show hunters, field hunters, and a freestyle event. A Sunday afternoon finale presents the top three scorers in each sport leading to the crowning of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred. RRP today released the official schedule, including forty seminar presenters and twenty-five judges. Highlights include • Retired Jockey Rosie Napravnik competing on Makers Mark Secretariat Center’s Dare Me in the eventing competition, • Premiere showing of Bernie Traurig and EventingCoach.com’s A Tribute to the Thoroughbred Sport Horse, featuring vintage footage of great Thoroughbred show horses with […]
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Thoroughbred Makeover Increases Demand for Off-Track Thoroughbreds

Icabad Crane, a nine-year-old gelding who ran third in the 2008 Preakness Stakes, returned to Pimlico Race Course on Sunday, October 5 to win the America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred contest sponsored by EQUUS Foundation, taking home the winner’s share of the $10,000 purse. The contest, organized as part of the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover, paired ten top trainers with ten Thoroughbred ex-racehorses and showed their progress throughout the summer on the RRP’s website. Each team represented an equestrian discipline: Polo, Show Hunter, Eventing, Ranch Work, Steeplechase, Fox Hunter, Show Jumper, Barrel Racing, Dressage and Pony Club. With 10,480 people voting online in a very tight race, Team Icabad pulled out all the stops to win. A series of video endorsements from his former jockeys, past trainer and current owner Graham Motion, current trainer and rider Olympian Phillip Dutton, and Phillip’s thirteen-year-old daughter Olivia contributed to his popularity, but the on-track performance sealed the win. Jumping a five stride line of jumps in four, five, six, seven, and eight strides proved just how responsive this great horse has become, but when Olivia got on and showed the horse’s generosity and kindness with some beautiful work on the flat, Icabad truly […]
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Name Your Rider to “Cowboy Up” at Pimlico

Imagine: A Thoroughbred trainer has five horses competing in an important event at Pimlico on the same Saturday.  He needs to find four more excellent jockeys to ensure the horses get the best ride possible in the competition. Fairly normal situation, right?  Except these Thoroughbreds chase cows for a living, not the finish wire. Sometimes it really is a matter of the more, the merrier.  And when the Retired Racehorse Training Project (RRTP) asked ranch horse trainer Dale Simanton to bring his full crew ranch and cattle-trained off-track Thoroughbreds to Baltimore for the RRTP Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium on October 5 and 6, nobody really thought about who was going to ride them. “That was when we conceived this idea of inviting a group of jockeys to take the mounts on these horses,” said RRTP President, Steuart Pittman. “We can’t imagine anything more fun than having some of America’s most well-known riders taking the reins on this group of ‘cow horses’ for this event.” The event, named “Who Let the Cows Out?”, will pair celebrity jockeys with retired Thoroughbred racehorses from the Gate to Great training program of Newell, South Dakota to compete on the Pimlico track in a […]
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Cowboys, Cowgirls, Cattle, and Thoroughbreds to Cut Loose at Pimlico

When the Retired Racehorse Training Project announced that 26 Thoroughbred ex-racehorses would appear at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland to demonstrate their talent for second careers, nobody envisioned a western invasion of Maryland hunt country. The majority of the demonstrations at the October 5 and 6 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium will feature the traditional English sports that Thoroughbreds have excelled in for centuries, but today RRTP announced that the western disciplines will move in on Pimlico in a big way. “When one of our trainers, Dale Simanton, requested some cattle for his demonstration at Pimlico, we all thought he was kidding,” said RRTP president Steuart Pittman. “We didn’t think our friends at Maryland Jockey Club would let cattle anywhere near their racetrack, but we were wrong. So we had a conference call with Dale and his crew and decided he should not bring just one ranch horse, he should bring as many as he could fit in his trailer so we could host a full ranch rodeo demonstration.” Dale’s South Dakota ranch is home to Gate to Great, a program that retrains Thoroughbreds off the track to do the ranch work typical of western cattle operations.  The ranch is […]
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17 TB Racehorses Need Homes

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Louisianan man with Cancer needs to re-home 17 Thoroughbred racehorses.

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