More than 800 people, 60 horses, and 40 vendors turned out last year in support of the Retired Racehorse Training Project’s inaugural Thoroughbred Makeover at Pimlico Racecourse near Baltimore, Maryland. And the second annual event—taking place Oct. 3-5—is expected to draw even more for an expanded program.

Retired Racehorse Training Project was formed in 2010 by three-day eventer Steuart Pittman and a small group of friends who felt strongly that Thoroughbred ex-racehorses needed advocates and educators in the sport and recreation riding world. In 2009 the group conducted a Retired Racehorse Training Symposium and were overwhelmed by the attendance and demand for more, both by nonprofit placement organizations and individuals who work to transition these horses to second careers.

The 2014 makeover program includes the following:

  • The Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) Thoroughbred Marketplace, featuring scores of ex-racehorses available for sale or adoption at all levels of training in all disciplines.

  • The marquee event—the America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred Contest, featuring 10 horses trained in 10 different disciplines competing for $10,000 in prize money.

  • Demonstrations sponsored by the national associations representing the sports where Thoroughbreds excel.

  • Friday afternoon caucuses for service providers, including trainers, nonprofit placement organizations, re-sellers, and Thoroughbred show organizers.

  • Seminars titled "The First 100 Days," "Racehorse Reality Check," "The Trainers Forum," and "Maryland Racing