Thoroughbred Makeover

I Love My Racehorse!

Thank you to Glenye Oakford for creating this video for us! It truly captures the spirit of the Thoroughbred Makeover weekend at Pimlico. Share widely!

Missed the Makeover Action? Read the Final Report Here

Thoroughbred Makeover Showcases America's Best Horse

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Our inaugural Thoroughbred Makeover & National Symposium was a great success for RRTP and Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses.  An All-Star cast participated and helped make the event possible, but it was the horses who stole the show and hearts of everyone who attended.  

Our Final Report details the weekend from start to finish and provides a glimpse of what is next for Retired Racehorse Training Project.  Beautiful photography was provided by Sarah Andrew, Niamh O'Connell, Isabel Kurek, Cynthia Longo, Anne Frederick and Heather Benson. 

 

Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium Exceeds Expectations

For Immediate Release
October 9, 2013
Contact: Steuart Pittman 410-507-3351
                steuart@retiredracehorsetraining.org

Thoroughbred Makeover Showcases Ex-Racehorse Talents
Expands Visibility, Markets for Retired Racehorses

winthewarweb2Jessica Bortner-Harris and Win The War
Niamh O'Connell photo
Baltimore, Md. –The first-ever Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium drew 800 Thoroughbred enthusiasts, horse trainers, horseracing luminaries and horse lovers to a welcoming Pimlico Racetrack on Oct. 5 and 6.

The stars of the show took over the track’s home stretch: 26 Thoroughbred ex-racehorses and their trainers. From jumping, pole bending, dressage, vaulting, polo, to team sorting with cows and barrel racing, the summer makeover showcased the breed's remarkable versatility.

"The horses spoke for themselves," said Steuart Pittman, founder and president of the Retired Racehorse Training Project, which created the event. "They truly are the smartest, most elegant, most trainable and most loyal breed of any horse.”

The trainers came from 15 states and Canada and 10 equestrian disciplines. They had 90 days to develop the skills for a second career for their chosen ex-racehorses. The trainers showed off those new skills in fifteen-minute presentations designed to inspire and educate—and show the audience the versatility and trainability of ex-racehorse Thoroughbreds.

TB Makeover Press Release 9/28/13

Contact: Steuart Pittman
410-507-3351

Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium at Pimlico

Unites Racing and Riding 

On October 5 and 6 Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore will host the first national gathering of the organizations, farms, and trainers who provide the bridge to second careers for Thoroughbred ex-racehorses. The event is called the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium and is organized by the nonprofit Retired Racehorse Training Project.

Twenty-five thousand Thoroughbred horses are born into the great American sport of racing each year. Whether they win or lose, most retire from that job when they are one quarter of the way through their natural life expectancy. Some go to breeding farms but most enter a marketplace in which sport and recreational riders are the buyers.

A 15-minute interview with RRTP's Carolyn Karlson and Steuart Pittman about the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium at Pimlico October 5 and 6. Aired Sunday September 14 on WPOC-FM ,WQSR-FM, and WZFT-FM in Baltimore.

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