Plantation Field International Horse Trial of Unionville, Penn., has partnered with the Retired Racehorse Project to promote Thoroughbreds in second careers. Held Sept. 14-17, the event will involve top names in Thoroughbred racing, including Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Graham Motion, who team up with top eventers like Phillip Dutton, Rio Olympic individual bronze medalist, to showcase Thoroughbreds in careers after the track.
The horse trial will be held three weeks before the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, which will take place Oct. 5-8, 2017 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Steuart Pittman, president of the Retired Racehorse Project, hopes that the event will bring together both the racing and eventing worlds.
In addition to competition, there will be multiple Thoroughbred-centric activities, including a demonstration with 2017 Makeover horses. There are over 40 trainers who plan to compete in the Makeover based in the Pennsylvania. Also included in the demo will be celebrity Thoroughbreds like 2014 Makeover winner Icabad Crane and rider Phillip Dutton. Icabad Crane is a wonderful example of what retired racehorses can accomplish when they are done racing; the horse ran in the Preakness Stakes in 2008 and competed at the 2015 CIC* at Plantation Field, where he won.
Plantation Field also offers a Vendor Village, with more than 50 businesses selling a plethora of goods. A Kids Corner offers entertainment for children and tailgating is also offered.
Visit Plantation Field's website for more information.
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