It’s all going beyond high-point awards for Thoroughbreds. Thoroughbred-only horse shows are starting to take over weekend dates all over the country, and this is a breed show that Retired Racehorse can get behind.
The latest on new shows:
Thoroughbred Renaissance Charity Horse Show will be taking place in at Stockade Polo & Saddle Club in Glenville, New York, on August 12, 2012, and benefiting ReRun New York, who take in, rehab, and adopt out retiring racehorses. The show flyer promises in-hand, dressage, combined training, hunter/jumper, equitation, trail, and fun classes. Everything, in short, except for maybe team sorting.
(Item: Maybe one of our west coast pals could organize a Western Thoroughbred horse show? I think Western saddles are exceedingly uncomfortable but I am willing to admit that this is a personal opinion and Some People think them lovely. Now’s your opportunity to get in on the Thoroughbred Team Penning Revolution! My first OTTB could move cattle, incidentally. I know it can be done.)
Find Thoroughbred Renaissance on Facebook for the latest updates and prize list information. And don’t forget, there are sponsorship opportunities, all you horsey entrepreneurs! Get your product out there!
From Furlongs to Fences has a place-holder up at FairHillTBShow.com, advertising a Thoroughbred horse show on October 27-28th at Fair Hill in Rising Sun, Maryland. On the schedule of events so far, two very tantalizing listings: “So you want to be a jockey” and “Open Instruction” with Steuart Pittman, on Saturday the 27th, with show classes the following day. With retired racehorse advocate Alex Brown on the planning team, I think we can expect to hear a lot more about this show! In the meantime, give them a like on Facebook to keep up with the latest developments, and make sure you have that weekend off from work!
Last weekend’s Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show at Pimlico Racecourse was, by all accounts, a massive success, with hundreds of Thoroughbreds descending upon Old Hilltop to show that they can do a lot more than run really fast in a circle, and that yes, they are completely capable of turning right.
Maryland Jockey Club have made me very proud to be a native Maryland-bred with their sponsorship of this event, which made its way across horse racing media in a way that horse showing typically does not. Awareness not just of the capability of retired racehorses but also their desirability and the devotion of their fans and riders is hugely important to impress upon the less-educated members of the horse racing industry who don’t seem to realize that their horses are not throw-aways, but valuable commodities. Much thanks also to Adena Springs, who also just plain get it with their comprehensive retirement strategies from farm to racetrack. I interviewed Stacie Clark-Rogers, who helped put together the event, about Adena Springs’ retirement program here at this blog two years ago.
Totally Thoroughbred also drew the likes of Rodney Jenkins, show jumping legend turned racehorse trainer, as a judge. Here he is interviewed by the Baltimore Sun about the horse show and Thoroughbreds in general:
“Thoroughbreds are much quicker, much faster and more sensitive than the warm bloods, the mix breeds, bred in Europe for show jumping. It does take a lot of patience to redo them, but you’d be surprised, once they’re away from the track they get very quiet and nice and make great horses for most people.”
Even small children, as this video of the lead-line class proves:
And so the Thoroughbred trend continues! What else is going on out there in horse show land?
- That One Horse: Nancy Shulins’ “Falling for Eli”
- Thoroughbred Renaissance is bringing new fun to OTTB shows