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About the ASPCA Makeover Marketplace

Horse shoppers! Instead of spending multiple weekends driving hours away from home to see one horse (or maybe two or three if you’re lucky) at a time, plan a trip to Kentucky for the Thoroughbred Makeover. Approximately 200 recently retired off-track Thoroughbreds that have been restarted in various disciplines will be available for sale, many with professional trainers. You can see, try, and buy, all on-site and all in one weekend!

At the 2018 competition, approximately one-third of the 400+ horses competing were for sale. Prices ranged from $3,000 to $34,000. To date, the average asking price of 2018 Makeover horses is $10,400.

“This is a great place to shop for young horses with upper-level potential,” said eventing professional Bill Hoos at the 2017 Makeover. “Usually you have to travel to California to look at one horse, Canada to see another. Here you see so many in one spot. This is a great horse shopping opportunity. It makes things much simpler and easier."

The Makeover horse sale is not an auction — all sales are private contracts between the buyer and seller. RRP is not involved in the sale and does not receive any commission.

Sale horses are designated with special green bridle numbers, and we also provide a sale catalogue with photos, pedigrees, and descriptions, as well as the seller’s contact information and the horse’s stall number and ride times. You can arrange to see horses before the competition even begins, and watch them warm up and compete.

Buyers can arrange for trial rides (usually after the competition is over), and veterinarians from the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute are on-call to perform pre-purchase exams during the Makeover.

The 2019 Makeover takes place Oct. 2-5 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Competing trainers who decide to participate will enter their mounts in the sale approximately six weeks before the event. Sale horses will be listed on our website and promoted on RRP’s social media. Some horses may sell even before the event takes place.

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Whoopie Pie - Sold at 2017 Makeover

Uncle Silas - Sold at 2017 Makeover

Tulley - sold at 2017 Makeover

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