Thoroughbred Makeover Entries Open with $100,000 Incentive
The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) has officially launched the 2015 Thoroughbred Makeover, announcing a projected $100,000 in cash and prizes to the top placed horses in ten equestrian disciplines. Competitor guidelines and entry forms can be found at retiredracehorseproject.org.
Professional, amateur, and junior trainers can enter any horse with a Jockey Club tattoo, as long as it raced or trained to race in the last two years and has not begun second career training. It is expected that during the coming weeks upwards of one hundred horses will be purchased for the competition and commence training at farms throughout the United States and Canada. Entries close on June 1.
After five to nine months of training for a second career the horses will perform at the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium on Oct. 23-25 at the Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington. The weekend includes seminars, demonstrations, a sponsor fair, a marketplace of the makeover horses, and special activities presented by a host committee of Thoroughbred industry leaders.
One eager trainer is former jockey Rosie Napravnik, who announced her retirement as a jockey at the Breeders’ Cup last fall and is expecting her first child in June. “I wouldn’t miss this event for the world,” said Rosie who is serving on the organizing committee. “Throughout my career I’ve seen and ridden some really nice horses that I’d love to get my hands on, and I’m so excited to finally have the opportunity to transition one into a second career
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