New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is preparing for its Fourth Annual All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show, which will be held Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. In addition to the two-day format, qualified exhibitors will be welcomed to The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Championships, held on Sunday, Sept. 9.
This event has become the largest all-Thoroughbred hunter/jumper horse show in the nation. Because of increasing interest, show management has added dressage to its lineup of hunter, jumper, equitation and pleasure class offerings. The show has also split entries into junior/amateur and open divisions in an effort to offer smaller classes. A $1,500 Low Jumper Stake will now be offered in addition to the Jumper Stake that takes place at the higher heights in the famed Rolex Arena.
Last year, New Vocations welcomed over 250 Thoroughbreds from 22 states to the iconic Horse Park; exhibitors from additional locations are expected this year. Lynchpins of the Kentucky show, both the Jumper Stakes and the Hunter Derby will take place under the lights on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Riders will vie for $6,000 in prize money during the Jumper Stakes.
On Sunday, riders in the T.I.P. Championships will compete for $25,000 in hunter, jumper, pleasure and dressage divisions. Riders across the United States and Canada competed in more than 1,200 horse shows to qualify for this event.
“New Vocations is absolutely thrilled with the expansion of our Kentucky show,” says Sarah Coleman, Director of Public and Community Relations. “This event is truly designed to showcase Thoroughbreds, both those that have recently retired form racing and those that are seasoned horse-show pros. We’re excited to add dressage to our offerings this year; in total we’ll have seven competition rings highlighting just what these horses can do once they retire from racing!”
“The Thoroughbred Incentive Program was created to recognize and rewards riders and their horses who have excelled in disciplines beyond racing,” says Kristin Werner Leshney, senior counsel for The Jockey Club and the administrator of T.I.P. “The program has been a resounding success since its launch in 2012 and the T.I.P. Championships serves as the only North American All-Thoroughbred Championship Show for hunters, jumpers, dressage and pleasure. When you add in the T.I.P. awards offered the week before at the USEA American Eventing Championships, a total of 36 North American Champion Thoroughbreds will be crowned in September.”
For sponsorship information, entry questions and media-related inquiries, please contact Sarah Coleman at 330-518-9001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 6,500 individuals, with over 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
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, performance awards, 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.