Thoroughbred Makeover

Top Eventers Buck Davidson, Phillip Dutton To Lead RRP Master Class Showing Off OTTBs

Headlined by five-star eventers Buck Davidson and Phillip Dutton, the RRP Master Class at the LiftMaster Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field will take place on Friday, February 28. The 2020 LiftMaster Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field in Aiken, SC will host a Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) Master Class on Friday, February 28. Taking place in […]

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Thoroughbred Makeover Diaries Presented By Excel Equine: The Difference Between Picture Perfect And Real Life With An OTTB

I used to love watching TV shows about buying houses. (Just curious, did you read that last sentence as “houses” or “horses”?) Then, I bought my first house. Television: After the most adorable agony over which of the three amazing options they’ve looked at would be their dream home, the hopeful couple chooses one. The […]

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616 Entrants Accepted For 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover

The journey officially begins today for 616 accepted entries, representing 604 unique trainers and teams, on the road to the Retired Racehorse Project’s 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, the world’s largest and most lucrative retraining competition for ex-racehorses. The 2020 event will take place at October 7-10 at […]

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Thoroughbred Makeover Diaries Presented By Excel Equine: Horowitz’s Unlikely Journey from Broadcasting to Riding Horses

Today we’re launching a new monthly series called the Thoroughbred Makeover Diaries. Jonathan Horowitz has long been a racetrack announcer and commentator at the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover. This year, Horowitz is planning to experience the action of the Makeover up close and personal as a competitor with new mount Cubbie Girl North. Each […]

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Assessing A New OTTB: Veterinary Considerations

The movement of veterinary records from one trainer to another on the racetrack has recently become part of the discussion around improved racetrack safety. Many believe that informing the next horseman in a horse’s life about its previous treatments, illnesses and injuries is paramount to the welfare of the horse. Legal considerations make this tricky, […]

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Aftercare Should Not Be An Afterthought: Solutions For The Future

This is the conclusion of our three-part series on the state of Thoroughbred aftercare. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Depending on the day, working in Thoroughbred aftercare can feel especially impactful or incredibly futile. On one hand, horse racing has accomplished so much in a short amount of time in […]

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Applications Open For 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover

The Retired Racehorse Project announced on Sunday that applications are open for the 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America. Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2020, and accepted trainers will be announced on February 15, 2020. Now in its sixth year, the Thoroughbred Makeover features competition in ten disciplines for recently-retired […]

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Are Full PPEs Necessary For OTTBs? That Depends

The 2019 Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in October, hosted a series of workshops and seminars geared toward Thoroughbred owners and enthusiasts. One of these educational opportunities focused on pre-purchase exams (PPE) for off-track Thoroughbreds. Sponsored by the University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs, featured speakers were Dr. Emma […]

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Thoroughbred Makeover Champion To Be Honored In Breeders’ Cup Winner’s Circle

Breeders’ Cup Ltd. today announced a partnership with the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) to honor the winner of this year’s Thoroughbred Makeover between races at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, bringing together the country’s most prestigious weekend of Thoroughbred racing and the largest retraining competition for Thoroughbreds after racing. Earlier this month, the Thoroughbred Makeover, […]

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