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New Vocations Charity Show Raises $150K

The New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show, Presented by Iris Smith Stables, LLC, raised a record-breaking $150,000 in sponsorships. All proceeds from the event will go directly to support New Vocations' efforts to rehab, retrain and rehome retiring racehorses. The 18th annual show--held for the first time at Highfields Event Center, in Aiken, SC, Sept. 3-5--marked a return to live events for New Vocations after a quiet past 18 months due to COVID-19. The competition brought together nearly 100 Thoroughbreds from 10 different states to compete in a variety of...

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OTTB United App Available

OTTB United, a mobile app that unites sellers, buyers, and shippers of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses and gives back to the Thoroughbred placement community was released by the Retired Racehorse Project and OTTB United Tuesday. The app is also designed to give back to the Thoroughbred placement community: a portion of the premium subscription fee is donated to the Retired Racehorse Project. Subscribers can select from a list of aftercare organizations and for-profit resellers to receive an additional contribution. "We are so fortunate to partner with the Retired Racehorse Project," says OTTB...

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OTTB Fees Waived for Temecula Fall Series Fees

Nilforushan Equisport Events (NEE) has waived the entry fee for off-the-track Thoroughbreds (OTTB) at the Temecula Valley National Fall Series. Held at Galway Downs in Temecula, California, the inaugural event will feature two back-to-back weeks in multiple rings from Nov. 11-15 and Nov. 18-22. To be eligible, OTTBs must be tattooed, and young horses must be six years old or younger. Entry fees up to eight classes will be waived. Entries may be submitted www.showgroundslive.com and www.equestrianconnect.com. View the prize list and class schedules here. In addition to the hunter...

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Real Rider Cup Goes Virtual

The 2020 edition of The Real Rider Cup--an annual competition designed to showcase off-the-track Thoroughbreds and raise funding FOR the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP), New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and The Fair Hill Thoroughbred Show--is going virtual this year. The champion will be crowned Oct. 24. This fundraiser invites individuals working in various parts of the racing industry to compete against each other on a Thoroughbred over a show jumping course wearing the silks of one of their sponsors. Each competitor pledges to raise a minimum of $1,000, which goes...

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Record Number of Adoptees for Take the Lead

TAKE THE LEAD Thoroughbred Retirement Program (TTL) just closed its 2019-20 fiscal year with a new mark of 135 former racehorses transitioning to second careers for the year. The previous record for the program, which was created by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) in 2013, was 98 retirees for the fiscal year of 2016-17. Also celebrating its milestone 500th successful retirement last year, TAKE THE LEAD has now been responsible for 603 horses passing through its program. President Rick Schosberg oversees each retirement, which recently included popular New...

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616 Entries Accepted for 2020 TB Makeover

A total of 616 entries, representing 604 unique trainers and teams, were accepted Friday for the 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover Oct. 7-10 at the Kentucky Horse Park. The application process for the 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover required trainers to demonstrate their skills and expertise through competition results, videos and references, as well as a letter from a vet stating that the applicant had the necessary skills and knowledge to appropriately care for a horse transitioning off the track. The RRP's selection committee took into consideration both candidates' ability to effectively retrain an...

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