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Your Retiring Racehorses Wanted!

As of January 15th, hundreds of trainers have applied to train hundreds of horses for the $125,000 Thoroughbred Makeover.

That means that approved trainers are actively seeking horses that are ready to retire from racing, or that have retired from racing in the last 18 months but have not started training in second careers. Each trainer will retrain their horse(s) for second careers from the time they acquire them through the first weekend of October when they will compete at the Kentucky Horse Park in one or two of ten disciplines including: eventing, dressage, show jumpers, show hunters, field hunters, competitive trail, barrel racing, ranch work, polo, and freestyle.

Makeover trainers are not required to own their horses, so you can contract with them to train and compete your Thoroughbred if you would like to retain ownership. Most trainers will conduct veterinary pre-purchase exams to evaluate whether the horses are likely to remain sound for the work they will be asked to perform.

Makeover horse eligibility is as follows:

1. Must be registered with The Jockey Club and have a lip tattoo or Jockey Club microchip.

2. Must have raced or had a published work after July 1, 2018.

3. Must not have started in training for a second career before December 1, 2019 other than a maximum of fifteen allowable rides or training sessions that introduce skills specific to non-racing careers.

For details about the Makeover and its rules go to this link.

Market your retiring Thoroughbred

Advertise your retiring/recently retired racehorse on RRP's classified listings*. Designate your horse as "Makeover eligible" for 2020 for additional exposure to trainers who are shopping.

Connect with Makeover trainers in your area and throughout the country that have not yet obtained their horses to see if your horse might be the right horse for them

To list a horse, go to this link. If you have good photos and video of your horse, have them ready. 

* Must be an RRP member to list horses. Membership is $45 annually and includes a subscription to Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine. 

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Building Bridges to Second Careers...Increasing Demand for Thoroughbreds
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Mailing Address:
2976 Solomon's Island Road, Edgewater, MD 21037

 Retired Racehorse Project is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.


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