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Makeover Master Class

TiKMasterclassThoroughbreds are enjoying a resurgence, thanks to the exponential growth of the Thoroughbred Makeover and other increasingly effective and well-organized aftercare initiatives. A new wave of equestrian enthusiasts is trying Thoroughbreds for the first time or returning to the breed after decades away.

But how do you choose an off-track prospect? And once you buy or adopt your horse and bring it home, what do you do next? Getting started can be overwhelming -- and everyone on the internet is an expert and wants to tell you how to train your horse. Additionally, restarting a retired racehorse can be quite different from any previous experience you’ve had starting young horses.

The Makeover Master Class was conceived to give you a comprehensive look at what to consider when evaluating prospects and how to approach those early rides off the track in a way that creates a solid foundation and partnership. The sessions are free for all to attend and provide plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

In 2019, the Master Class will take place on Friday, October 4.

The Format
Invited trainers (TBA for 2019) with their own unique approach to selecting and restarting off-track horses will analyze prospective mounts from North America's most effective aftercare organizations. Trainers will discuss conformation, movement, free-jump and personal preferences; trainers and horses will be paired randomly and work one-on-one. Additional insight will be provided from a panel of commentators.

Trainers can work both in and out of a round pen with the aid of a ground person or pony horse. Ample time will be given for Q&A from the audience.

2018 Highlights
The inaugural Master Class in 2018 featured three 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover-eligible and adoptable horses from CANTER Michigan, MidAtlantic Horse Rescue and Turning for Home. The three invited experienced OTTB trainers were Elizabeth James, Rosie Napravnik Sharp, and Tom and Clare Mansmann. Additional commentary and insight was provided by Emily Brollier Curtis, Dan James and Richard Lamb.

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