Thoroughbred Makeover Still Slated For Fall 2020 In Lexington

by | 05.20.2020 | 6:05pm

With so many equestrian events on hold or cancelled for 2020, hopeful participants are wondering if the Retired Racehorse Project's (RRP) Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park this fall. Created to increase demand for off-track Thoroughbreds in the show ring and for recreational riding, the RRP has experienced a meteoric rise interest in their signature event since its inception.

Despite being unable to have a presence at many of the events they typically attend because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the RRP has increased its efforts to connect with their Thoroughbred-loving fans. This includes hosting webinars and mini clinics with professional trainers specifically geared toward owners and riders of retired racehorses, Executive Director Jen Roytz told the Thoroughbred Daily News (TDN).

The 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover has 616 entries and is slated to run Oct. 7 through 10. The event is still scheduled to run as planned, but potentially with some modifications that will be decided as the competition draws nearer. The RRP staff is continually monitoring the situation and will do whatever is in the vest interest of the competitors and their horses.

The Makeover focuses on competition of horses in their first year of retraining, but there is also a trade fair, clinics and a symposium, among other Thoroughbred-centered events. Currently, the RRP is sending out surveys to those who are entered to see how the pandemic has affected their ability to train their horses and travel off-site, as well as to determine if their financial situation has changed in a way that has affected their horse's retraining and care. Thus far, says Jen, most competitors have indicated that if the shows and events open up in June, they feel they will still be able to adequately prepare their horses for the Makeover. Jen told the TDN that the RRP expects to send out another survey in July.

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