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TIP Program Announces 2016 Non-Competition Award Winners

Big Saga was named Thoroughbred of the Year. Three individuals share the Young Rider of the Year Award.

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The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) Sept. 13 announced the 2016 recipients of its two non-competition awards: the TIP Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the TIP Young Rider of the Year Award.

Thoroughbred of the Year

The Thoroughbred of the Year Award recognizes a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as equine-assisted therapy or police work.

This year’s winner is Big Saga, aka Louie or Shadow Dancer, a therapy horse with The Right Step Inc., in Littleton, Colorado.

Big Saga is a 1989 dark bay or brown gelding by Arctic Saga out of Don’t Plan, and was foaled in Idaho. Before transitioning into therapeutic riding, Big Saga excelled in the show ring. For many years, he was division champion in the Colorado Hunter Jumper Association. He taught numerous children about riding, and he had three different young owners who he helped bring up through the horse show

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