Mission Statement

The Retired Racehorse Project is an effort to increase demand for retired Thoroughbred race horses as pleasure and sport horses through public events, clinics, training publications, videos and internet tools. Our mission is to facilitate the placement of retired Thoroughbred racehorses in second careers by educating the public about the history, distinctive characteristics, versatility of use, and appropriate care and training of the iconic American Thoroughbred.

Trainer Challenge Finale

The entire video footage of the Retired Racehorse Training Project's Trainer Challenge is on Youtube.  Please note: it is 1 hour, 5 minutes in length!!

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Eric Dierks Wins Trainer Challenge

Retired Racehorse Trainer Challenge Draws Crowd of 3,000

Eric Dierks Wins Best Trainer Title

February 26, 2012

The Equine Arena at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo was filled way beyond capacity yesterday for the Retired Racehorse Training Project's first Retired Racehorse Trainer Challenge. Sixteen hundred sixty were lucky enough to find seats, and almost that many stood six deep above them on three sides of the huge arena.

eric-5-steuart-2Photo courtesy Holly Covey

 

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RRTP Let's the Public Decide

February 20 Press Release

At 2pm on Saturday, February 25 at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo in Harrisburg, three professional trainers will appear with fresh off-the-track Thoroughbreds that they met for the first time in January at the Maryland Horse World Expo. It is called the Retired Racehorse Trainer Challenge, and the public attention it has already received is extraordinary. 

After five weeks of training all of the horses have excelled in their new line of work and the trainers are eager to demonstrate their new skills. "We expect a fascinating demonstration of what a racehorse can learn in a short amount of time with good training," said Steuart Pittman, founder of the nonprofit Retired Racehorse Training Project (RRTP) and organizer of the Trainer Challenge.

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Trainer Challenge Interviews

At the Maryland Horse World Expo January 20-22nd, Steuart had the opportunity to interview not only the trainers participating in the challenge, but also Trainer Challenge judge and Olympic eventer, Stephen Bradley.  Watch the videos below - first is an inteview with Kerry Blackmer and Eric Dierks, followed by one with Stephen Bradley and Eric. 

 

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Trainer Challenge is Off and Running!

Wow. If you ever needed proof that what a horse learns at the track is a solid foundation for a second career, you got it on Saturday. Read the report linked below by Lisa Slade at the Chronicle of the Horse online. She captures the spirit, the humor, and the extraordinary message that all of us took home from the start of the Retired Racehorse Trainer Challenge at the Maryland Horse World Expo this weekend. We'll have our own report up later, as well as video footage of the whole thing, videos and blogs from the trainers during the coming five weeks, a live feed of the performances at the PA Horse World Expo, and instructions on how to vote for the winner. Stay tuned on this web site and on the RRTP Facebook page.

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