Information for the Racing Industry


The Retired Racehorse Project’s mission is to increase demand for Thoroughbreds retiring off the track, creating bridges between the racing industry and the sport horse community.

We created the Thoroughbred Makeover to showcase the trainability and talent of off-track Thoroughbreds. The competition is intended to inspire good trainers to become involved in transitioning these horses to second careers, and the National Symposium serves to educate the people involved in the care, training, and sale of these horses to responsible owners.

Why is this important to the racing industry? Now in its sixth year, the Makeover has already increased demand for horses that are eligible for the competition. Trainers who have horses that aren’t finding much success at the track have a potential market for these horses among the hundreds of Makeover competitors who are looking for retiring horses every year.


To compete in the 2020 Makeover, a horse must:

  • Be registered with the Jockey Club and tattooed or microchipped.
  • Have raced or had a published work after July 1, 2018.
  • Not have started training for a second career before Dec. 1, 2019.

Market your retiring Thoroughbred:

Attend the 2020 Makeover:

We welcome connections to attend the competition in Lexington to see their former racers compete! The 2020 competition takes place Oct. 7-10 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Join the Retired Racehorse Project

RRP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and we depend on membership fees to help support our programs. Membership costs $45/year and includes:

  • Free horse sale listings on the RRP website
  • Subscription to Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine: a high-quality quarterly print publication featuring articles about Thoroughbreds competing in second careers. Includes members-only online access to the digital copy, in addition to the print version.
  • Discount on RRP logowear: 10% off all items, including t-shirts, jackets, saddle pads, jewelry and more.
  • Discounted or free tickets to RRP events, including the Thoroughbred Makeover
  • Discounts from our sponsors, including NTRA Advantage (John Deere, Office Depot, Sherwin-Williams), American Stalls, Accuhorsemat
  • Access to members-only events and educational webinars

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Building Bridges to Second Careers...Increasing Demand for Thoroughbreds
(410) 798-5140

Mailing Address:
3357 Hazelwood Road, Edgewater, MD 21037

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


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