The Virginia Horse Center Foundation welcomed more than 110 off the track and bred to race Thoroughbreds to the first of the Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show series on March 15-17 in the East Complex. All Jockey Club registered Thoroughbreds, regardless of former race winnings, had the chance to stand in the Daily Racing Form Winner's Circle at the show.
The Paulick Report Paddock was full of activity as owners, riders, trainers, and grooms from New York, Tennessee, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland and all points in Virginia made last minute preparations before each horse passed through the in gate. Thoroughbred Celebration Shows offer competitive opportunities for Thoroughbreds who are just embarking on their second careers, as well as for those who are seasoned veterans in the show ring. This inclusive nature promotes a special camaraderie as new faces quickly became old friends.
The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) High Point English Pleasure Award went to The Real Deal (JC name Midniteperspration: April Axe x Intimate Dinner) ridden by Brittney St. Clair of Pennsylvania. They earned this award by winning The Jockey Club T.I.P. English Pleasure Walk/Trot/Canter and placing third in the Walk/Trot. Grey Goose (JC name Nice Ice: Pine Bluff x Sandy's Terrified) ridden by Lois Baird of Virginia, won The Jockey Club T.I.P. English Pleasure Walk/Trot. The Jockey Club T.I.P. $150 Handy Hunter Class was won by Hat City (McKendree x White Foot Fannie) ridden by Lauren Moran of Maryland.
While enjoying the Virginia Thoroughbred Association's Railside Exhibitors' Dinner on Saturday evening, spectators were able to watch King Max (Louis Quatorze x Apalady), owned by Lauren Schock and ridden by Susan Sisco, both of Pennsylvania, win the $1,500 After the Finish Line (ATFL) Hunter Stake. Dawn Mellen, President and Founder of ATFL presented them with their ribbon and prize money.
The $1,500 Take2 Jumper Stake was won by Icy's Prospect (JC name Icy Prospect: Prospect Bay x Ice and Gold) with junior rider Jackie Jo Clement of Virginia. This is the second time this pair has claimed top honors in this class, having also won it in June of 2012.
The Hunter Style Award, sponsored by Bill Rube and Pat Michael, went to Too Cool For School (JC name Big Bad Bug: Forest Wildcat x Delicacy) a New Vocations graduate who is owned and ridden by Betsy Burton of Virginia. The Jumper Style Award, sponsored by North Shore Design and The Ginaven Family, went to Money Makes Money (Talk Is Money x Soak) with owner/rider Karen Benson of North Carolina. The Horse Most Recently Off Track, sponsored by The Finished Line, went to Blue Punch (Two Punch x Miss Quackers), owned and ridden by Patricia Dale of Pennsylvania. Other special awards and complete results from the show can be found at www.horseshowsonline.com
New Ways To Support Off Track Thoroughbreds
The enhanced ‘Soar to New Heights by Adopting a Thoroughbred' program, which now includes a complimentary stall for any adoptable horses represented by thirteen designated rescue/retraining organizations, was well received by spectators. Thoroughbred Celebration hopes to increase horses adopted by helping them gain show mileage and meet prospective owners. The Recycled Ribbons for Recycled Racehorses program, the silent auction, and a portion of the entry monies from The Jockey Club T.I.P. English Pleasure Classes raised more than $2,400 for After The Finish Line. ATFL will award these funds to help other Thoroughbreds transition into a second career. Please visit www.afterthefinishline.org to learn more.
Picking Up The Pace
The TCHS looks to its next show on June 7-9 to expand opportunities for Off Track Thoroughbreds. Dressage, Combined Training, and a Thoroughbred-only Hunter Trials held on the cross country course of the Virginia Horse Center will be added to the prize list. Many riders and members of the Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series (TASS), a group that unites Thoroughbred Only horse shows in the Mid Atlantic region, will return to compete at the Virginia Horse Center throughout the year and in other TASS member shows. Registration for the TASS is free and more information can be found at www.thoroughbredalliance.org. The TCHS has also networked with over 100 open and Thoroughbred only shows throughout the United States to provide pre-qualifying opportunities for the $1,500 After the Finish Line Hunter Stake and $1,500 Take2 Jumper Stake at the June and October events. A complete list of networked shows can be found in the prize list at: www.horsecenter.org.
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