Thoroughbred Makeover

Embarking On A Makeover Challenge? A Few Considerations For Newbies

Earlier this month, the Retired Racehorse Project announced the acceptance of 673 trainers into its 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover competition. At this stage in the game, some of those trainers already have their Makeover horses, while others are still searching, outlining a game plan for the year (final horse registrations aren’t due until Aug. 1). While […]

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Thoroughbred Makeover Accepts 673 Trainers For 2019 Competition

The journey officially begins today for 673 accepted trainers on the road to the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America. This is the second-highest number of accepted applicants in the event’s history. The 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover will take place October 2-5 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Accepted trainers are […]

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Thoroughbred Enthusiasts Honored At USEF Pegasus Awards

The United States Equestrian Federation Pegasus Awards honor some of the great men and women in equestrian sport. Presented during the USEF Annual Meeting, held in 2019 in West Palm Beach, FL, many equestrians and equine enthusiasts were honored for their hard work, including Isabela de Sousa and Steuart Pittman. Steuart Pittman, of Davidsonville, MD, […]

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Applications Now Being Accepted For 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover

Applications are now open for the Retired Racehorse Project’s 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America! Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2019, and accepted trainers will be announced on February 1, 2019. Now in its fifth year in its current format and at its current location, the Thoroughbred Makeover features competition […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Ponying Off The Track

Tom and Clare Mansmann have a knack for off-track Thoroughbreds, there’s no question about that. At their Pacific Farms, Inc., an equestrian facility in Middleburg, Va., specializing in lessons, boarding, showing and sales, they transition off-track Thoroughbreds into everything from eventers and hunter/jumpers to fox hunters, trail horses and more and are often sought out […]

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Thoroughbred Makeover Masterclass Demonstrates The Many Paths To Restarting An OTTB

As many horsemen know, there is no single ‘right’ way to train a horse. As attendees of the Thoroughbred Makeover Master Class learned earlier this month, there’s also no single ‘right’ way to restart a horse off the racetrack. The event, held at the conclusion of the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover at the Kentucky […]

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Isabela de Sousa, Rider of Cozmic One, Reflects On RRP Makeover

Cozmic One, Zenyatta’s first foal, competed in the 2018 Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover at the Kentucky Horse Park in October, placing fifth overall in the showjumping division out of 97 horses. Designed to bring attention to Thoroughbreds once their racing careers are completed, the Makeover competition in its current form began in 2013. Since […]

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Social Media, Contracts, And Impulse Buys: Navigating The Modern Landscape Of OTTB Adoption And Sale

As the off-track Thoroughbred grows in popularity, more people than ever are processing adoptions of OTTBs from non-profit groups or looking to sell privately-owned project horses. With that increase in volume come some challenges for profit and non-profit outlets to make sure horses are rehomed responsibly, and for nonprofits to decide what types of horses […]

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Racetrack Injuries: Which Ones Pose Problems In An OTTB’s Second Career?

For a long time now, the biggest selling point for a horse coming off the track (or just about any horse) looking for a new home is, “Retired sound!” Unfortunately, many off-track Thoroughbreds come away with some physical issues, whether or not they were serious enough to necessitate the end of their racing careers. A […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Thoroughbred Makeover Bridges Gap Between On-Track And Off

It was hard to be at the Kentucky Horse Park this past week and not be inspired by all that surrounded you. There, hundreds of Thoroughbreds, all with eight months or less of retraining since their last race or published work, showed off their new skills, doing everything from jumping and running with hounds through […]

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