Retired Racehorse Project

2024 RRP Thoroughbred Makeover Welcomes 396 Trainers

396 trainers have been accepted to the 2024 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America. Announced in a release from the Retired Racehorse Project, the event, a retraining competition for recently-retired racehorses and broodmares, will be held Oct. 9-12 in Lexington, KY with over $100,000 in available prize money across 10 disciplines. "We sincerely appreciate the time and dedication it takes to transition Thoroughbreds into their next careers," said Executive Director of TCA Erin Halliwell. "We're looking forward to October where we'll see hundreds of Thoroughbreds...

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Retired Racehorse Project to Host Aftercare Industry Month Teleconference

Registration for February's Aftercare Industry Month (AIM) virtual conference is open and all with a professional interest in Thoroughbred aftercare are invited to partake, announced officials at the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) via press release Friday. Presented by the Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF), the teleconference will offer four webinars providing an interactive experience for participants to explore a variety of topics pertaining to non-profits and business entities. Options to register for the entire conference or individual sessions a la carte will be offered on the sign-up page. An...

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Applications Open for 2024 Thoroughbred Makeover

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, according to a Tuesday release from the Retired Racehorse Project. The application can be accessed at and must be completed by 5 p.m. EST Jan. 19. Accepted trainers will be announced no later than Feb. 15. Entering its 10th year at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, the Thoroughbred Makeover features competition in 10 disciplines for recently retired Thoroughbreds in their first year of retraining for a career after racing....

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Thoroughbred Makeover Rulebook Out

The rulebook for the 2024 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, is now available for review on the organization's website, the Retired Racehorse Project said in a release early Friday morning. Revisions to the rules are indicated in red, while clarifications are in blue. A free webinar presentation about the application process will take place for any interested individuals via the Retired Racehorse Project's Facebook page on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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Retired Racehorse Project Discontinues Publication of Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine

After eight years in print, the Retired Racehorse Project will no longer produce its award-winning quarterly publication, Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine. The forthcoming winter issue will be the last. "It has been a true honor and pleasure to work with the RRP team to give shape to the concept of a magazine featuring these exceptional horses, and it's been a delightful experience working on all 33 editions," said Stephanie Church, Editorial Director at The Horse. "We look forward to continuing to work with the RRP to publish the annual Thoroughbred Makeover...

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Knockemdown Crowned 2023 TB Makeover Champion

Knockemdown (American Pharoah), an unraced 4-year-old gelding, earned a trip to the "winner's circle" Saturday with his win in the 2023 Thoroughbred Makeover. The winner in the dressage division, he bested ten other discipline's top scorers to take the honors. "I want to thank Kristen Goncharoff at e5 Racing Thoroughbreds for making the phone call, and Bob [Edwards], the leader of e5, who was looking to rehome this horse," says winning rider Alison O'Dwyer. "Wesley Ward had him in training at Turfway and when he didn't think much of him,...

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GISW Arklow Advances At Thoroughbred Makeover

GISW Arklow (Arch), one of the most accomplished horses competing at the 2023 Thoroughbred Makeover at the Kentucky Horse Park this week, is adding another achievement to his resume as he advanced in the Field Hunter preliminary round under amateur rider Gina Gans, the Retired Racehorse Project said in a release late Thursday night. The former Brad Cox trainee, who earned over $3 million during his racing career, turned in three relaxed rides over two days of competition and has made it to the weekend. The 9-year-old will have the...

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Keeneland's Cormac Breathnach Joins TDN Writers' Room Podcast

It's a busy time at Keeneland. The September sale has just ended, the fall race meet is upon us and the November sale is right around the corner. With that in mind, the TDN Writers' Room podcast presented by Keeneland called upon Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Cormac Breathnach to fill us in on the latest from one of America's favorite racetracks. Breathnach was this week's Green Group Guest of the Week. The foal crop keeps dropping every year, but that doesn't seem to affect the September sale. There were...

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TB Makeover Puts Maryland-Breds On Display For Talbot Run

Partnerships in racing are nothing new. The days are upon us where programs are filled with syndicates and lists of names that can rival even the race entries themselves. It's a way to spread risk, cost and reward across multiple parties while increasing the comradery of racing. And while those partnerships are oftentimes consolidated in the form of a sale at the end of a horse's career, the 2023 Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover event has given opportunity for new kinds of teams to form, even across industries. Enter Gina...

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RRP Elects New Board Members, Establishes Advisory Council

The Retired Racehorse Project has elected new officers and created an advisory council, a body of non-governing individuals representing an array of backgrounds and professional experience chosen to help enhance the RRP's execution of its charitable mission the organization announced Friday. Existing board member Neil Agate was confirmed as board chair earlier this Spring when personal obligations required previous chair, Richard Lamb, to step back from the officer position. Lamb is still completing his second term serving on the board of directors. "I have enjoyed being part of the RRP...

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TCA Returns as Title Sponsor of the Retired Racehorse Project

The Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) has returned as the title sponsor of the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) announced on Monday. The TCA has been a supporter of the RRP since 2012. The Thoroughbred Makeover features trainers from across North America who have worked throughout the year to prepare recently retired Thoroughbred ex-racehorses to compete for more than $100,000 in ten equestrian sports. This year, the competition scope expanded to include recently retired broodmares exiting the breeding industry. "The Thoroughbred Makeover has really moved...

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TERF Awards $44k in Grants

The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation has awarded $44,000 in grants to seven organizations, with $2,500 to Amplify Horse Racing, $10,000 awarded to Belmont Child Care Association, Inc., $10,000 to Maryland Horse Foundation, $5,000 to MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, $7,500 to Retired Racehorse Project, $5,000 to Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, and $4,000 to Wilson College. The missions and programs of the organizations selected to receive this year's grant awards reflect the values set forth by founders Herb and Ellen Moelis. TERF's current Board includes co-chairs Kathleen Anderson DVM, and James Orsini DVM,...

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