Retired Racehorse Project

StableDuel Contest to Raise Awareness for Aftercare Efforts

StableDuel has teamed up with Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and Retired Racehorse Project to raise money and awareness for both organizations through its app during the month of September. Owners of off-track Thoroughbreds are invited to share a picture or video of their Thoroughbreds on social media showcasing "something cool" they do with the hashtag #PlayRaceAdopt. They will then be entered to win a prize pack from the three organizations, including a saddle pad, riding clothing and more. Two winners will be selected and announced each week. "We are so excited...

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RRP’s Makeover Marketplace Transitions to Virtual Event

Owing to a grant from the ASCPA, the Retired Racehorse Project will continue to produce the Makeover Marketplace as a means to promote transitioned Thoroughbreds as premier sport horse prospects online. The ASPCA Makeover Marketplace catalog will once again be offered in print as well as digitally. Sign-ups are now open to receive the catalog, which will be printed in the Fall 2020 issue of Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine. "The ASPCA Makeover Marketplace has become one of the country's premier horse shopping and adoption opportunities for equestrians looking for well-started sport...

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Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium Postponed to 2021

The board of the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) has made the unanimous decision to postpone the 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), until 2021. The RRP plans to host an expanded Thoroughbred Makeover Oct. 12-17, 2021 that will offer separate classes in all 10 disciplines for both 2020 and 2021 entries. Put on each year by the RRP, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, the Thoroughbred Makeover typically draws hundreds of competitors from 40+ states and multiple Canadian provinces, each of whom has taken on...

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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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On Aftercare Q&A With RRP’s Jen Roytz

The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP), formed in 2010 under the banner of the "Retired Racehorse Training Project," is a non-profit organization with a mission to boost the presence of and demand for off-track Thoroughbreds in the show and recreational riding world. Its founder, Stuart Pittman, recognized the need for retraining clinics and ideas to help owners and adopters of Thoroughbreds to advance their horses. He also saw ways to showcase the attributes of the Thoroughbred in the show world. In 2009, the organization conducted the first Retired Racehorse Training Symposium...

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RRP Bill of Sale Available for Download

Officials at the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) have made available a bill of sale for download and encourage any horsepeople who are being forced to retire horses prematurely due to the COVID-19 outbreak to make use of it as they attempt to arrange for new homes for their retirees. A bill of sale protects both buyer and seller, and provides proof of ownership for the buyer. The Bill of Sale page also links to The Jockey Club's Retired From Racing Form, which ensures a horse will not return to the...

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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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KY-bred Award Tops 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover Special Awards

The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) announced a full slate of new and returning special awards that will be offered at the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America. The 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover takes place October 2-5 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders, Inc. (KTOB) are sponsoring a $6,500 cash prize for the highest-placed Kentucky-bred at the competition. The prize will be split in the event of a tie. "We are pleased to support this popular event which reinforces the market...

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