Due to the overwhelming popularity of The New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show held each fall at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., dressage and western dressage will be added to the two-day show schedule. This expansion will showcase even more retired racehorses in successful second careers.
A destination event for many Thoroughbred owners and lovers, the show, which takes place Sept. 7 and 8, offers competition in the hunter, jumper, dressage, western dressage, equitation and pleasure arenas. Designed to spotlight Thoroughbreds and emphasize their careers beyond racing, the show offers classes for both the recently retired racehorse and the seasoned show horse. The 2017 event welcomed over 250 horses from 22 states into four arenas; the 2018 competition is expected to be even larger with the addition of dressage and western dressage competition.
“We have been asked to expand into dressage since our first competition at the Park in 2015,” said Sarah Coleman, community and public relations director for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. “We are very excited to be able to offer additional competition options in 2018, as well as retain staples like the hunter derby and jumper stake that will take place under the lights in the Rolex Stadium.”
The show will once again be held in conjunction with The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Championships, which will take place on Sept. 9. Championship divisions will include hunter, jumper, English pleasure, western pleasure, dressage and western dressage.
Any horse wishing to compete in either the New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show or the T.I.P. Champs must have a T.I.P number; to qualify for the Championships, riders must participate in a show offering T.I.P. awards, classes or divisions in the applicable discipline between August 1, 2017, and July 31, 2018, or participate in the 2018 T.I.P. Performance Awards. Riders must also submit a Declaration Form, which is available at the shows or at tjctip.com.
For sponsorship information, entry questions and media-related inquiries, please contact Sarah Coleman at 330-518-9001 or email@example.com.
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
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.