2019 Thoroughbred Makeover Application Dates Announced

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Mark Your Calendars!

The 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, will take place Oct. 2-5 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

  • Updated rules will be published by Dec. 15, 2018.
  • Trainer applications will be available at www.TBMakeover.org by Dec. 15, 2018.
  • We will accept trainer applications from Dec. 15, 2018, through Jan. 15, 2019.
  • Trainer approvals will be announced Feb. 1, 2019.
  • Horse eligibility rules will remain unchanged from 2018: horses must have raced or had a published work on or after July 1, 2017, and must not have started training in a second career before Dec. 1, 2018.
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Louisiana Breds Excel in Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover

The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) held its fourth annual Thoroughbred Makeover this past week, October 4-7, 2018 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The 2018 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover had 23 Louisiana breds entered in the competition, more than double the number that competed in the 2017 event. This year Louisiana breds competed in Barrel Racing, Competitive Trail, Dressage, Eventing, Field Hunter, Freestyle, Ranch Work, Show Hunter, and Show Jumper disciplines.

 

Retired Louisiana bred thoroughbred racehorses showed up in the top ranks in many of the ten different disciplines represented with Interactif Spy earning the number one spot in the Show Jumper category.  Interactif Spy, a 2013 gelding (Interactif—Runaway Spy, Mt. Livermore), was bred in Louisiana by D&F Horse Farms LLC, and ridden by Morgan Boyer, a professional from Stokesdale, North Carolina. On the racetrack, Interactif Spy started three times as a three-year-old, with one victory and a second place finish. He retired with racetrack earnings of $9,305.

 

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Interactif Spy

While this year was Boyer’s first time competing at the RRP Thoroughbred Makeover, she has competed in the Eventing discipline up to the intermediate level on a thoroughbred. She now works as a professional alongside her mother at Blue Line Farm, with plenty of customers who own off-the-track horses in training.

 

“Honestly I don’t think they’re for everyone because they’re very forward thinking, but that translates very well to a working horse,” Boyer said of off-the-track thoroughbreds. “It translates incredibly well to eventing. They’re catty and athletic; they’re cooperative. They just have the brain to try really hard. They’re so, so smart.”

 

Another Louisiana bred, Delightfully, a 2014 mare (Redding Colliery—Like a Lover, Pleasant Tap), earned third place in the Freesytle discipline. Delightfully was bred in Louisiana by Columbine Stable, LLC, and ridden by Amy Lent, a professional from Versailles, Kentucky. Delightfully was unsuccessful in her one bid on the racetrack and retired with earnings of $1,230.

 

An unplaced Louisiana bred gelding Bazillion Bells (Calibrachoa-Zada Rae, by Unbridled’s Song), earned sixth place in the Eventing discipline for professional competitor Kaitlin Hartford of Callahan, Florida. Bazillion Bells was bred by Joseph Adcock.

 

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Brooke Miller aboard Classy Clown

Two competitors from Louisiana also made the trip to the Kentucky Horse Park. Brooke Miller, head trainer at Woodland Hills Equestrian Center in Carencro, La, competed Classy Clown in Show Jumping and Eventing. Classy Clown is a  2014 gelding by TenpinsLady Button Eyesby Belong to Me. He was bred by Ada K. White.

 

Sarah Alexis Rouse competed as a Junior on her Pirate Island in Show Jumping and Barrel Racing. Pirate Island is by Storm DayJaycor Pass, by Pikepass. The 2008 gelding’s breeder is Maurice W. Smith.

 

 

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) sponsored a $2,500 cash prize for the top-placed Louisiana-bred at the competition.

 

“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association continues to make an investment in the future of our thoroughbreds by helping our former runners secure a beautiful life after their time on the racetrack is done,” said Roger Heitzmann III, secretary-treasurer of LTBA. “We believe that by assisting the Retired Racehorse Project, former racers have the ability to show to others the true beauty of the Thoroughbred, as well as their continued usefulness.”

 

 

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Breeders’ Cup to Partner with Retired Racehorse Project

The Retired Racehorse Project announced October 2, a partnership with the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, bringing together the most prestigious weekend of Thoroughbred racing in the United States and the premier showcase of off-track Thoroughbreds.

RRP organizes the $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, which takes place Oct. 4-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The event features approximately 500 recently-retired Thoroughbreds competing in 10 different non-racing disciplines. Spectators vote for one overall winner among the 10 discipline champions, and that horse is crowned America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred.

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships takes place Nov. 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The best racehorses in the world compete for $30 million in purses and awards, culminating with the famed Breeders’ Cup Classic, which often portends Eclipse Champion Horse of the Year honors.

In addition to prize money and other merchandise, the rider of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred from the Thoroughbred Makeover will receive two tickets to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, where the recipient will be honored in the winner’s circle on Friday, November 2 between races. RRP will also be promoting Breeders’ Cup weekend to off-track Thoroughbred enthusiasts.

“We are honored to be partnering with the Breeders’ Cup to recognize the winner of this year’s Thoroughbred Makeover,” said RRP Executive Director Jen Roytz. “The Breeders’ Cup has long been the proving ground for the best racehorses in the world, and in recent years the Thoroughbred Makeover has earned the same reputation for the country’s top Thoroughbreds in their post-racing careers. For the Breeders’ Cup to show such dedication and support in celebrating these horses after they’ve run their last race is a testament to how much they respect and value these athletes through all phases of their lives.”

“We are delighted to partner with the Retired Racehorse Project in support of the Thoroughbred Makeover and to honor the winning rider of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred at this year’s World Championships,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. “In just a short time, the RRP has become a remarkable success story in not only expanding the market for retired racehorses, but increasing value and demand for them at the conclusion of their racing careers.”

In addition to the competition, the Thoroughbred Makeover includes educational seminars and panel discussions focused on Thoroughbreds in second careers, as well as the Makeover Master Class, a demonstration featuring top trainers discussing how to select and restart an off-track Thoroughbred. The Makeover is also a premier opportunity for recreational or competitive riders to shop for horses, as approximately half of the entrants will be available for sale in the ASPCA Makeover Marketplace.

The event also includes an extensive Sponsor Fair and silent auction with racing memorabilia. All seminars are free and open to the public to attend, as are the initial rounds of Makeover competition on Thursday and Friday. The Makeover Finale, featuring the top five horses in each discipline, requires an admission ticket, which can be purchased online at www.tbmakeover.org/tickets.

All horses competing in the Makeover are listed online, along with their pedigrees, race records, breeder, and their racing connections at their last start. The list is searchable and can be sorted by state and sire. View entries at www.tbmakeover.org/entries.

 

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 races (13 Grade 1 events) with purses and awards totaling more than $30 million, will be held November 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

 

Retired Racehorse Project is a 501(c)3 charitable organization working to facilitate placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in the marketplace and inspiring equestrians to provide the training that secures their futures. RRP offers online directories, educational resources, and publishes Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine.

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Nominations Open for 2018 Ira Schulman Thoroughbred Rehoming Award

Annual award honors for-profit resellers of off-track Thoroughbreds.

 

The Retired Racehorse Project announced today that nominations are open for the 2018 Ira Schulman Thoroughbred Rehoming Award, which will be presented at the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, held Oct. 4-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

 

This award celebrates the legacy of Ira Schulman, the renowned horseman who placed thousands of off-track Thoroughbreds in a career that spanned more than 50 years. Schulman himself was the first recipient of the award at the 2017 Thoroughbred Makeover. He died just a few months later in March 2018 at the age of 80, and is believed to have placed more Thoroughbreds in his lifetime than any other individual or organization.

 

Going forward, the Ira Schulman Thoroughbred Rehoming Award will be presented annually to an individual who continues Schulman’s legacy of repurposing off-track Thoroughbreds in new careers, doing so responsibly and creating successful partnerships. Although many non-profit organizations rescue and rehome ex-racehorses, this award is intended to honor professionals who include Thoroughbred retraining as part of their business models.

 

“Professional resellers like Ira Schulman play an important role in rehoming Thoroughbreds retiring from the racetrack,” said Jen Roytz, RRP’s executive director. “Many of these horses are sound and ready to start learning the skills for new careers right away. These trainers know what qualities to look for in a horse that will make it suitable for a particular rider or discipline, and have the connections within the sport horse world to market them effectively. When done responsibly, this process transitions these horses into new lives quickly and efficiently, and benefits not only the reseller, but also the horse and its new owner. We’re thrilled to be able to give these professionals some recognition at the Thoroughbred Makeover in Ira’s name.”

 

To be eligible, a nominated individual, business or for-profit reseller or listing agent must place a minimum of three off-track Thoroughbreds annually, and must not have won the award in the prior year. Those nominated do not need to be members of RRP or participants in the Thoroughbred Makeover. Non-profit organizations are not eligible for the award.

 

Nominations may be submitted online via the Thoroughbred Makeover website: www.tbmakeover.org/ira-schulman-rehoming-award-form

 

Individuals or businesses may submit their own nomination forms, or may be nominated by someone else. Nominations will be accepted through July 31. A selection committee will review nominations and announce up to five finalists by Aug. 15. A public vote will be held to determine the winner, and voting will close on Aug. 31. The winner will be announced on Sept. 3, and the award will be presented during the Makeover Finale on Saturday, Oct. 6.

 

The winner will be featured in the Fall 2018 issue of RRP’s Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine, which will be distributed at the Makeover, and will receive a free full-page ad in the Winter 2018-2019 issue and a prize package from Purina.

 

The award is sponsored by Tiffany Teeter, a longtime friend of Schulman’s. “I owe a lot to the Thoroughbred! For over 50 years, I have been lucky to recognize the courage, heart and athletic ability of these animals,” said Teeter. “This award in Ira’s honor is a small payback for all these horses have done for those fortunate enough to ride them.”

 

Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) works to facilitate placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in the marketplace and inspiring equestrians to provide the training that secures their futures. RRP offers online directories, educational resources, and publishes Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine.

 

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NEW AWARD FOR TOP-PLACING LOUISIANA-BRED AT 2018 THOROUGHBRED MAKEOVER

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Supports Retired Racehorse Project, Thoroughbred Makeover and Future Farmers of America
(New Orleans, La.) – The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) announced recently that a new special award will be offered at the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America and taking place October 4-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.
The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) is sponsoring a $2,500 cash prize for the top-placing Louisiana-breds at the competition. Ten Louisiana-breds took part in the 2017 Thoroughbred Makeover, competing in eventing, dressage, show jumpers, show hunters, and polo. Louisiana was ranked eighth among states and Canadian provinces for the most horses entered.
“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association continues to make an investment in the future of our Thoroughbreds by helping our former runners secure a beautiful life after their time on the racetrack is done,” said Roger Heitzmann III, secretary-treasurer of LTBA. “We believe that by assisting the Retired Racehorse Project, former racers are able to show others the true beauty of the Thoroughbred, as well as their continued usefulness.”
The LTBA award will be presented to the Louisiana-bred that earns the highest percentage of the total possible score in any of the ten disciplines offered. Almost 800 trainers have been accepted to compete in the 2018 event. Many trainers have not yet purchased the horse they intend to compete, and the cash award will offer an extra incentive to shop for an eligible mount bred in the Pelican State.
Any Jockey Club-registered Thoroughbred that raced or had a published work on or after July 1, 2016, is eligible to compete in the Makeover, as long as the horse did not start retraining for a second career prior to Dec. 1, 2017.
“More and more we are hearing about off the track thoroughbreds in Louisiana are being purchased as sport and pleasure horses,” said Heitzmann. “There are many now competing at national and international levels in many disciplines and winning. Horse purchases are trending toward these athletes that are known for their competitive prowess and talent.”
The Thoroughbred Makeover is the flagship event for RRP, a 501(c)3 non-profit committed to increasing the demand for and value of Thoroughbreds in their careers after racing. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover.
LTBA is also working with the Louisiana Future Farmers of America (FFA) as a sponsor for a Career Development Event and Proficiency Awards. Career opportunities abound within today’s agriculture industry. Career Development Events (CDEs) help develop the ability to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market. There are 27 CDEs encompassing a broad range of career opportunities from communications to mechanics. Some events allow students to compete as individuals, while others allow them to compete in teams.
Today, the Louisiana FFA Association remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. “That commitment matches with ours as we work to support future horsemen/horsewomen, veterinarians, farriers and others in the horse business,” said Heitzmann.
FFA continues to help the next generation rise to meet those challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of agricultural career pathways.
“Louisiana’s racing and breeding industry plays an important role in the state’s economic well-being and contributes a significant source of state revenue,” said Heitzmann. “The combined impacts of both racing and breeding and their related industries generates over $1 billion annually and employs nearly 13,000 people.”
For more information, please call 1-800-772-1195 or visit louisianabred.com.
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New Award for Top-Placing Louisiana-Bred at 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover

The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) announced today that a new special award will be offered at the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America and taking place Oct. 4-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) is sponsoring a $2,500 cash prize for the top-placed Louisiana-bred at the competition. Ten Louisiana-breds took part in the 2017 Thoroughbred Makeover, competing in eventing, dressage, show jumpers, show hunters, and polo. Louisiana was ranked eighth among states and Canadian provinces for the most horses entered.

“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association continues to make an investment in the future of our Thoroughbreds by helping our former runners secure a beautiful life after their time on the racetrack is done,” said Roger Heitzmann III, secretary-treasurer of LTBA. “We believe that by assisting the Retired Racehorse Project, former racers have the ability to show to others the true beauty of the Thoroughbred, as well as their continued usefulness.”

The LBTA award will be presented to the Louisiana-bred that earns the highest percentage of the total possible score in any of the 10 disciplines offered. Almost 800 trainers have been accepted to compete in the 2018 event. Many trainers have not yet purchased the horse they intend to compete, and the cash award will offer an extra incentive to shop for an eligible mount bred in the Pelican State.

“I am very excited about multiple awards being added to the Makeover this year. I’m especially enthusiastic about the LTBA providing an award for Louisiana-breds,” said retired jockey and RRP board member Rosie Napravnik, who is based in New Orleans and markets retiring Thoroughbreds for second careers. “This will boost the market for horses in Louisiana, considering that there are currently no organizations in the state for retraining or adopting Thoroughbreds.”

Any Jockey Club-registered Thoroughbred that raced or had a published work on or after July 1, 2016, is eligible to compete in the Makeover, as long as the horse did not start retraining for a second career prior to Dec. 1, 2017.

The Thoroughbred Makeover is the flagship event for RRP, a 501(c)3 non-profit committed to increasing the demand for and value of Thoroughbreds in their careers after racing. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover.

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Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization working to increase demand for off-track Thoroughbreds and build the bridges to second careers. It publishes Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine, hosts the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, maintains the Retired Racehorse Resource Directory, manages the online Bloodline Brag, and presents programs at major horse expos across the country. Visit RRP online at RetiredRacehorseProject.org.

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