Thoroughbred Makeover

Keeneland To Sponsor Welfare Initiatives At 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover

The Retired Racehorse Project announced Tuesday that Keeneland will be the sponsor for their most prominent equine safety and welfare initiatives at this year’s Thoroughbred Makeover, the Arrival Exam and, new for this year, the Finale Jog. Last year the RRP instituted the Arrival Exam at the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred […]

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Thoroughbred Makeover Diaries Presented By Excel Equine: Mind Over Matter

Put yourself in the mindset of a 3-year-old Thoroughbred filly. Now, take a guess of the best way to solve this problem. January 21, 2020: Cubbie Girl North, the former racehorse with whom I’ve been playing a daily game of picking petals off flowers and saying “She loves me, she loves me not,” is about […]

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Thoroughbred Makeover Still Slated For Fall 2020 In Lexington

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 […]

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Thoroughbred Makeover Diaries Presented By Excel Equine: Horses Don’t Read The Script

Michael Wrona, the announcer at Los Alamitos Race Course and a great friend and mentor since I was a teenager and started broadcasting horse races 20 years ago, once told me, “The trouble with racehorses is they can’t read scripts!” That line has stuck with me years later. It’s a shame that horses don’t always […]

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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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Jan. 15: Last Chance To Apply For 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover

Less than nine months from now, hundreds of recently-retired Thoroughbreds and their trainers will meet at the Kentucky Horse Park in a culmination of the first year of retraining. The road to get there will be full of unique challenges in transitioning and training, but with the support of the Retired Racehorse Project and the […]

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