The Jockey Club has extended its Thoroughbred Incentive Program for retrained racehorses for the 2013 show season.
The program aims to encourage the retraining of thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding.
During a pilot program in 2012, $100,000 was committed to the Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) for horse show sponsorships and non-competition awards, and 190 horse shows signed up for sponsorship. To date, more than 1700 Thoroughbreds have competed for TIP prize money, ribbons, and saddle pads.
“TIP sponsors Thoroughbred classes and awards at horse shows, horse trials and other events to motivate riders to showcase their Thoroughbreds and to remind people of the versatility of the Thoroughbred as a sport horse,” said Kristin Leshney, legal associate with The Jockey Club.
“The Jockey Club also sponsors a Thoroughbred of the Year Award for Thoroughbreds that excel outside of the show ring and a Young Rider of the Year Award.
“We were delighted with the level of interest and participation in the TIP program in 2012, and, with greater awareness of it now, 2013 should be even more successful,” Leshney said.
The deadline for shows to apply for TIP classes and awards for 2013 is December 15.