The Open Jumper Stake Champion was Satins Angel, shown by Alexa Lee
All-Thoroughbred Horse Show Kicks off with $5,000 Jumper Stake
The New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park completed its first day of competition yesterday, with over 250 contestants from across North America competing in both the hunter and jumper disciplines. All proceeds from the show, which is sponsored by The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), will help rehab, retrain and rehome retired racehorses.
The Walnut Ring offered specialty classes, such as the Fresh OTTB, which was for horses who retired from racing in 2017 and additional hunter classes through to the 2-foot division. The Rolex Stadium was full of both hunter and jumper competition, with the highlight of the day being the War Horse In-Hand class and the $5,000 Jumper Stake.
Before the evening events began, over 100 horses were welcomed into the Rolex Stadium. Owners and riders of the horses were recognized for playing such a significant role in showing the world just how much racehorses have to give once they retire from the track. Awards were given honoring the Oldest Thoroughbred Rat Pack at 28 years old and the Youngest Thoroughbred One Last Rose at 3 years old. The Most Recently Raced Thoroughbred went to Fading Away who ran his last race July 8, 2017 and Most Money Earned went to Twilight Eclipse who earned $2,103,953. Most Starts went to Military Legend who raced 87 times and Highest Price at sale price went to Ya Gotta Have Soul who sold for $775,000 as a yearling. Additional recognition went to Eureka Springs, owned by Caitlin Giese. Now a competitive hunter, Eureka was born on the farm where New Vocations has their training facility: Mereworth Farm.
The first class of the evening was the Broad N’ Gentilly War Horse In-Hand class, which welcomed 20 horses who had won over $100,000 or who had raced more than 50 times. The winner of this class was Crushing owned by Georgia Keogh from Lexington, Ky. Crushing qualified for the War Horse class with over $222,000 in earnings in 25 starts.
Next up was the Jay Em Ess Stable $2,500 Junior/Amateur Jumper Stake and the $2,500 Open Jumper Stake, sponsored by Sarah and Bob Reeves. The Jumper Stakes welcomed 46 riders, with the Champion of the Junior/Amateur stake going to Valkyrie, shown by Josie Butterfield. Reserve Champion went to Power Play shown by Lauren Satchell. The Open Jumper Stake Champion was Satins Angel, shown by Alexa Lee. Reserve Champion went to Equal Danger, shown by Marsha Swan.
Competition will resume on Saturday, Sept. 9, with the hunter, jumper and pleasure competition. The all-Thoroughbred horse show will conclude competition with The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program Championships, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 10. For more information visit http://www.newvocations.org/kentucky-charity-thoroughbred-show/
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 6,000 individuals, with nearly 450 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.