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Retraining Thoroughbreds for Dressage, article by RRTP founder and President, Steuart Pittman in Dressage Today, January 2013.
Dressage for Ex-Racehorses session at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo, February 2012:
The Thoroughbred: The Original Sporthorse - our guide to finding an Off-the-Track Thoroughbred for Dressage, Amber Heinzberger, USDF Connection July/August, 2012
New Track, New Life, a free online guide by Thoroughbred Placement Resources Founder and President, Kimberly Clark.
Follow the progress of four very different, yet also very typical retired racehorses as they undergo 100 days of post-race training at Dodon Farm Training Center in Davidsonville, MD. December 1, 2012 - March 10, 2013.
Gunport (2009 filly, 1 race, unplaced, last race was approximately 6 months prior to start of challenge)
Day 1: http://youtu.be/38xQ_2t18_w
Week 2: http://youtu.be/Zul0L2_hBr0
30 days: http://youtu.be/oQzCHGQlDuA
Gunport was lame due to a kick to the hock on the day we videoed the free-jumping sessions.
Alluring Punch (2009 gelding, 10 starts, 1 first, 2 second, last race was 3 months prior to the start of challenge)
Day 1: http://youtu.be/3wFSyDr_YuQ
Week 2: http://youtu.be/pJliVeJHSIM
30 days: http://youtu.be/Kz_2SEyY-zY
Free Jump: http://youtu.be/Ndu7p5ElIwQ
Suave Jazz (2003 gelding, stakes winner with 70 starts, 17 first, 16, second, 12 third, last race was 4 months prior to start of challenge)
Day 1: http://youtu.be/NugNT2PlY-g
Week 2: http://youtu.be/r6vjKac99Sc
30 days: http://youtu.be/m1Xjz92TMJw
Free Jump: http://youtu.be/yVflIjt52xE
Declan's Moon (2002 gelding, Eclipse-award winning 2 year old in 2004, Derby Favorite in 2005 until injury sidelined him, 18 starts, 6 first, 2 second, 2 third, last race was 4 1/2 years before the challenge started)
Day 1: http://youtu.be/5GWug8tv7GE
Stone bruise kept Declan out of work during the second week, so no video
30 days: http://youtu.be/kwIHamIVIcY
Free Jump: http://youtu.be/By3ttUPSPho
Great instructional video from Trainer Challenge participant, Eric Dierks, of his first ride on OTTB Brazilian Wedding:
And Eric with Brazilian Wedding about 2 weeks into training:
Jumping for Ex-racehorses (PA Horse World Expo, February 2012):
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