Thoroughbred Makeover – Day 2

by | 10.28.2016 | 7:11pm
Emily Brollier-Curtis and Dancing Commander, owned by EquiSport Photo's Wendy Wooley, prepare to compete in dressage.

Lexington, KY (Oct 28, 2016) – The 2016 Retired Racehorse Project's (RRP) $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium Finale happens tomorrow, Saturday, October 28 in the TCA Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. Preliminary competition began Thursday and wrapped up today. More than 300 Thoroughbred ex-racehorses competed in one or two of 10 equestrian disciplines: Barrel Racing, Competitive Trails, Dressage, Eventing, Field Hunter, Freestyle, Polo, Show Hunter, Show Jumping, and Working Ranch.

The excitement continues on Sunday in the TCA Arena with demonstrations/clinics, workshops, and seminars presented by leaders in each discipline.

In addition to the $100,000 prize money, top professional, amateurs and juniors are competing for the overall title of “America's Most Wanted Thoroughbred”, which will be awarded at 4:45 pm Saturday.

The Makeover Party will be on Saturday evening at 6:00 pm in the Big Barn. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door. Entertainment starts with Shades of Grass, central Kentucky's favorite horsey band led by Steve Norman, and the silent auction offers unique items of equine, home, and art treasures. Tickets are $40 which includes dinner.

For complete results go to:

The top three in each division that will compete in the Finale are:

Barrels: Finale 3:45 pm

1st Place: #205 Deborah Keiser on Morning Rainbow

2nd Place: #278 Mindy Stoops on Bad Girl Phase

3rd Place: #173 Lance Graves on Rodeo Buckle

Top Amateur: Diane Fryer on Raven Train

Top Junior: Jade Wirick on More Zen Ready

Competitive Trail: 1:30 pm

1st Place: #247 Lindsey Partridge on Trivia Time

2nd Place:  #246 Lindsey Partridge on Pentland

3rd Place: #284 Amara Underwood on Barticus

Top Amateur: Melia Blakely on Fingertips

Top Junior: #284 Amara Underwood on Barticus

Dressage: 3:00 pm – scores still being tallied at press time

1st Place: #95 Lauren Turner on Fairway King

2nd Place:  #123 Laura Borghesani on Cinmars Dance

3rd Place: #131 Emily Brollier Curtis on Dancing Commander

Top Amateur: #238 Julie Nelson on Riding the Tide

Top Junior: #126 Sarah Bowman on El Santo

Field Hunter: Finale 1:00 pm

1st Place: #246 Lindsey Partridge on Peatland

2nd Place: #229 Sarah McMerty on Beau Fox

3rd Place: #148 Sarah Davis on J.J.'s Local Law

Top Amateur: #229 Sarah McMerty on Beau Fox

Top Junior: #285 Emily Vandenberghe on Loose Cannon

Freestyle: 2:00 pm

1st Place: #254 Cedar Potts on Majestic Lad

2nd Place: #247 Lindsey Partridge on Trivia Time

3rd Place: #18 Clovis Crane on Empire Road

Top Amateur: #176 Marcella Gruchalak on Because Simon Says

Top Junior: #184 Kaitlin Hartford on Family Foundation


Polo: Finale 2:30 pm

1st Place: #77 Buck Schott on Strong Angel

2nd Place: #116 Marisa Bianchi on ThunderontheBeach

3rd Place: #172 Juan Carlos Gonzalez on Illbegettinggold

Top Amateur: #209 Paul Knapp on Hello Mama

Top Junior: #198 Lea Jih-Vieira on Accardi

Show Hunter: Noon

1st Place: #5 Sarah Berkowitz on My Prize Now

2nd Place: #100 Tyler Weith on Greeley's Magic

3rd Place: #83 Alex Shokat on Half The Battle

Top Amateur: #5 Sarah Berkowitz on My Prize Now

Top Junior: #20 Isabela de Sousa on Carajillo

Show Jumper: 12:30 pm

1st Place: #20 Isabela de Sousa on Carajillo

2nd Place: #283 Amara Underwood on Gold Medallion

3rd Place: #138 Dyanna Capuano on Idle Spur

Top Amateur: #209 Paul Knapp on Hello Mama

Top Junior: #20 Isabela de Sousa on Carajillo

Working Ranch: Finale 4:15 pm

1st Place: #52 Russell Littlefield on Trick Roper

2nd Place: #270 Dale Simanton on Quaint

3rd Place: #85 Stan Smith on Flo's Strawberry

Top Amateur: #28 Christine Fleming on Poquito

Top Junior: #284 Amara Underwood on Barticus

Shop, browse, and talk with 80+ vendors in the Sponsor Trade Fair located on the concourse of the covered arena. See the latest technology and products available to keep your horses healthy. Shop for equine-themed products and gifts for yourself, your horse, your farm, and your house.

Approximately half of the horses competing are offered for sale. Each have undergone an arrival exam provided by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. Their veterinarians will also be available to conduct pre-purchase exams. All sale horses are cataloged at and buyers are able to test-ride horses at sellers' discretion.

Tickets are $10 a day or $25 for a four-day pass with access to all competitions, seminars, and demonstrations. Or, become a member of RRP for $45 (individual) which includes four-day admission to the Thoroughbred Makeover, a subscription to RRP's Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine, the Retired Racehorse Resource Directory, and other benefits.

Details at

Retired Racehorse Project (RRP)a 501(C)3, was created in 2010 to facilitate placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in equestrian sports and to help transition Thoroughbreds into second careers.RRP offers online directories, educational resources, publishes “Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine”, and holds the annual Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium.

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