Kentucky Horse Park

Equitana USA Launches Month-Long Virtual Program

Equitana USA kicks off month-long virtual content, including webinars with equine industry notables, horsemen and women, and exhibitors addressing the care and performance of all breeds of horses. Sessions will include live interviews, panel discussions, expert seminars and educational content. Select Saturdays in September will feature 'Kid's Edition' content. Additionally, scheduled events will include barn tours with Horse Country Inc., sessions on training the performing arts horse, equine photography sessions and Q&A's with equine legal experts. Originally slated for this October but canceled last month due to COVID-19 concerns, the...

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New Vocations, T.I.P. Cancel Fall Horse Shows

New Vocations Racehorse has canceled its 2020 All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show, a dressage and combined test event, slated to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Oct. 3. The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) followed suit and canceled its dressage and combined test championships, originally slated for Oct. 4. "It was a difficult decision to cancel the October show, but we feel that the safety of our show team and exhibitors is the most important," says Anna Ford, New Vocations Thoroughbred Program director. "It has been...

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New Vocations’ All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show and TIP September Championships Cancelled

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) have jointly agreed to cancel their 2020 hunter/jumper/pleasure horse show that was slated for Sept. 3-6 at the Kentucky Horse Park. "We are deeply disappointed to cancel the 2020 horse show, but after ongoing discussions with show management, Kentucky Horse Park event staff and horse show managers of other events held at the park, the decision to cancel the event was made," says Sarah Coleman, director of community and public relations for New Vocations. "Multiple factors contributed...

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Equitana USA Cancels 2020 Exhibition

Equitana USA has canceled its equestrian trade fair and expo, which had been scheduled for Sept. 25 through 27 at the Kentucky Horse Park, due to public safety concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers are already planning for the 2021 event, which is scheduled for Oct. 1-3 at the Horse Park. "Equitana USA is a shared place and time for all disciplines, breeds, ages and levels of the equine industry," said Meghan Margewicz, the event's director. "But the safety of everyone associated with the event is always our first priority....

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If We Open It, Will They Come?

The scope and pace of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected daily life, the national economy, and by extension, the Thoroughbred racing business, is dizzying. For so many, the hardest aspect of the pandemic-induced crisis is the uncertainty about if and when things will go back to the old normal. The pandemic is like nothing we have experienced before and therefore, we have no models on which to rely. With the delayed opening of most racetracks, and with others having no opening day in sight, many people are asking if...

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Keeneland to Sponsor Makeover Initiatives

Keeneland will be a sponsor of prominent equine safety and welfare initiatives at the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover this year: the Arrival Exam and the Finale Jog. The Arrival Exam was instituted last year at the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, and required each horse to have proof of current vaccinations, vitals within a normal range, be scanned for a microchip that has been registered with The Jockey Club, pass a walking soundness exam and score a four or higher on the Henneke...

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Churchill Backstretch to Open May 11, Opening Date For 4-Day Race Weeks TBA

Churchill Downs has been cleared by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear to open its backstretch area May 11 so long as the track adheres to enhanced pandemic precautions approved by the state. Beshear announced the clearance Wednesday at his daily COVID-19 video press conference as part of a phased-in reopening for various state industries. Churchill followed up about an hour later with a press release that included specifics pertinent to horsemen. Neither Beshear nor the track pinpointed an exact date for the return of live racing. But the Churchill release stated...

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T.I.P. Announces Shows, Awards, Ambassadors for 2020

The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) has approved nearly 7,000 awards and classes at more than 1,400 shows in 41 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces for 2020. Awards are to be distributed in a variety of disciplines, including eventing, dressage, Western and English pleasure, hunter/jumper, endurance, Western performance, games, and polocrosse. Awards are also available at some events for Thoroughbreds within their first two years of showing or for Thoroughbreds within two years of their last start. A full calendar can be viewed here. T.I.P. will also host...

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