Okay, Mid-Atlantic, you’ve officially worn me out, but you’re doing me proud, too. The great state of Maryland, which has given the equestrian world such gifts as Native Dancer, and me, is the epicenter of Thoroughbred horse showing this year. They’ve introduced the Thoroughbred Alliance Horse Show Series, with
eight bajillion nine horse show dates at venues like Fair Hill, Pimlico Race Course, and the Virginia Horse Center. (I know, it’s not in Maryland. But apparently it’s really nice.)
The Thoroughbred Alliance Shows, which include hunters, jumpers, dressage, and high stakes AA, Jockey Club T.I.P., and derbies in their prize lists, will culminate in fun and prizes at Laurel Park in January 2014.
I really have to commend the Maryland Jockey Club for their active involvement in off-track Thoroughbred promotion. Opening up Pimlico’s infield last year for the first Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show was a stellar move, and their continuing involvement in producing and promoting a Thoroughbreds-only horse show network in the Mid-Atlantic, a traditionally horsey kind of place, should really be emulated by every other state horse racing board. The racing secretary is working hand-in-hand with Thoroughbred re-homing specialists in order to build up the sense of worth that horsemen both on the backside and at the show barns should feel about their Thoroughbreds.
All that being said, you can head over to the 2013 Thoroughbred Show Calendar to see the dates of not just the Thoroughbred Alliance series, but other show dates for around the country. If you have show dates to add, please be sure to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the calendar. Next to the Adoption & Rescue Resources Page, it receives some of the highest page view numbers on Retired Racehorse Blog.
Here are two great press releases I’ve received in the past week:
TPR is an excellent organization we’ve talked about before, working very hard to bring resources to help educate OTTB owners. Check out their website for more information.
And here’s a beautiful flyer I had to share from the west coast – yes they’re putting on Thoroughbred shows on the west coast too!
This one is somewhere in California. I will give my usual disclaimer that I only know the locations of Santa Anita and Disneyland and let the commenters have their fun with me below.
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