The Thoroughbred Makeover is a $100,000 competition in which hundreds of trainers acquire a recently retired racehorse and prepare it over a period not to exceed ten months for competition in one or two of ten riding sports. Formats for competition are designed to test the quality and progress of each horse’s training.
The Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park October 5-8, 2017. It includes seminars, sponsor fair, horse sale, and the Thoroughbred Makeover finale, featuring the top three horses in each discipline and America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred. Competition is offered in barrel racing, competitive trails, dressage, eventing, field hunters, freestyle, polo, show hunter, show jumper, and working ranch.
Trainer applications for 2017 opened December 7, 2016 and will remain open until capacity is reached, with an estimated closing date of February 28. Professional, amateur, and junior trainers may apply whether they have acquired an eligible horse or not. Applicants must demonstrate expertise in at least one of the ten Makeover disciplines through competition highlights, references, and optional video links.
“This event is about the trainers,” said RRP President Steuart Pittman. “They are the key to securing the futures of these horses, and they are the ones who create the performances that inspire our audience. We spent the weeks since this year’s event reviewing evaluations and believe that our updated formats for each discipline will be popular.”
Approved trainers will acquire eligible Thoroughbreds through whatever sources they choose or can ride under contract with an owner. Horses must have raced or had a published work after July 1, 2015 and must not have started training for a second career before the first of December.
The 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover was attended by 2,500 spectators and watched livestream by over 10,000. An expanded marketing strategy is expected to grow the event in 2017.
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