The fourth annual New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show was an astounding success with over 350 horses traveling from 23 states to compete in hunter, jumper, pleasure, dressage and western dressage disciplines. Over $60,000 was raised from the show to support New Vocations efforts to rehab, retrain and rehome retiring racehorses. Held in conjunction with The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), the show offered newly retired racehorses, as well as seasoned show horses, a chance to compete at the iconic Kentucky Horse Park in the famous Rolex Stadium, Walnut Arena, and Claiborne and Stonelea rings.
The three-day competition concluded on Sunday with the T.I.P. Championships, which offered $25,000 of prize money in divisions for hunters, jumpers, pleasure, dressage and western dressage horses.
“This horse show grows each year, both in terms of attendance and support,” said Sarah Coleman, New Vocations’ Director of Public and Community Relations. “The addition of dressage and western dressage allowed us to highlight even more retired racehorses in successful second careers. I feel very confidently that the creation of the Thoroughbred Incentive Program and our partnership on this show has people considering Thoroughbreds as their next show mount who may not have considered the breed before. There truly is nothing these horses cannot do. We look forward to an even bigger and better 2019!”
“Combining our the T.I.P. Championship show with the New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Show is an excellent way to showcase off-track Thoroughbreds,” said Kristin Werner Leshney, senior counsel for The Jockey Club and the administrator of T.I.P. “We had a lot of new faces as well as some horses that came back to defend their 2017 Championships. The entire show was extremely successful, and we were thrilled to have 186 Thoroughbreds compete in the championships.”
The largest Thoroughbred-only hunter, jumper and dressage show to ever take place at the Kentucky Horse Park, the event was truly one for the record books. Highlights of the show include:
- 36 War Horses attended the horse show; a War Horse is one that has won over $100,000 or started more than 50 times. All of the War Horse classes were sponsored by Phil and Anne Creek from 100% Racing in honor of their horse Broad N’ Gentilly. Of those 26 horses, 14 had more than 50 starts and 36 who won over $100,000; seven horses had more than 50 starts and won more than $100,000.
- Winner of the War Horse English Pleasure Walk/Trot was Bisous, owned by Olivia Hedke of St. George, KS. Winner of the War Horse English Pleasure Walk/Trot Canter was Florida-bred Tiree, (show name Hemsworth), owned by Mikayla White of Saranac, MI.
- Winner of the War Horse In-Hand was Kentucky-bred Crushing, owned by Georgia Keogh from Versailles, KY.
- Winner of the Louise and Len Riggio Open Hunter Derby was PA-bred Bonnie’s Bull (show name Astronomical), shown by Deloise Noble-Strong of Washington, D.C. Reserve went to Deportista (show name Coastline), owned by Nancy Granger of Herndon, VA.
- The Charles Zacney and RanJan Racing Junior/Amateur Hunter Derby winner was KY-bred Mackinnon Pass (show name Tudor Amulet), shown by Rachel Hall of Madison Heights, VA.
- Winner of the Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Stake, sponsored by Godolphin Lifetime Care was Hello Roo, ridden by Julia Varner of Madison Heights, VA. Reserve went to Priceofthevalley (show name When In Rome), ridden by Alyssa Paulette of Dunnsville, VA.
- Winner of the Open Low Jumper Stake, also sponsored by Godolphin Lifetime Care, was New Vocations graduate Pink Magic, owned and ridden by Meg McTiver of Johnstown, Ohio. Reserve went to Fear or Be Feared, ridden by Kendall Pray of El Dorado, KS.
- Winner of the Homewrecker Racing Junior/Amateur Jumper Stake was KY-bred Money Makes Money, shown by Karen Benson of Campobello, S.C. Reserve went to Lady Liz, shown by Geri Messinger of Hillsborough, N.C.
- The Open Jumper Stake winner was Maryland-bred Polish Smarts, shown by Nick Larking of Lexington, KY. Reserve went to New Vocations graduate Irbywood, shown by Robert Mendoza and owned by Michael and Sharon Kvistad of Jamestown, IN.
- High Point Dressage winners included Samantha Shaffer and Tia Tejano of LA; Kasi Huver and Former Champ (show name Baymax) of IN; Tera Gehrig on Reshonah (show name Max) of KY; Alexandra Sherman and Bold Visionary of OH; Martha Lambert and Kitten Silver of KY; and Tammie Jones and Countryman, a New Vocations graduate, of IN.
About New Vocations
Founded in 1992, New Vocations has grown into the largest racehorse adoption charity in the country. Its mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses has led to the placement of over 6,600 individuals, with nearly 500 retirees served by the program each year. With six facilities in Kentucky, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania, New Vocations serves over 40 racetracks, working directly with owners and trainers in need of equine aftercare options. www.newvocations.org
About The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program:
Created and announced in October 2011, T.I.P. recognizes and rewards the versatility of the Thoroughbred through sponsorship of Thoroughbred classes and high point awards at sanctioned horse shows, year-end performance awards, a recreational riding program and non-competition awards. Additional information about T.I.P. is available at tjctip.com and on the T.I.P. Facebook page at facebook.com/tjctip.
The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms, among others.
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