New facet to US scheme encouraging retraining of retired thoroughbreds

gb-racing-economic-impactThe Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP), which encourages the retraining of American thoroughbreds into other disciplines after their careers in racing or breeding, is offering a Performance Award pilot program for the second half of 2013.

“The original goal of TIP was to offer awards and prizes for thoroughbreds at specific horse shows,” said Kristin Leshney, legal associate for The Jockey Club and the administrator of the program.

“This new program enables us to recognize the thoroughbred accumulating the most points at all horse shows in each of the award categories and divisions throughout the year.”

A ribbon and prize will be given to the champion in each category and a ribbon will be given to the champion in each division. The Performance Awards will be tabulated for horse shows that are held between July 1, 2013, and November 30, 2013.

Performance Award results are submitted by owners and riders. Horse shows do not have to offer TIP awards to be included in the Performance Award program. In order to participate in the Performance Award program, owners and riders must obtain a TIP number for their thoroughbred.

“The responses we’ve received from horse shows, thoroughbred owners, and through our Facebook page has been tremendous,” said Dell Hancock, a thoroughbred owner and advisor to the TIP program.

“We hope this program further enhances thoroughbred participation at horse shows and encourages more people to retrain thoroughbreds for second careers.”

Applications for TIP awards at horse shows during the 2014 show season will be accepted from August 1, 2013, till September 30, 2013. The TIP application will be available here.

TIP sponsorships are available for myriad disciplines, including eventing, dressage, hunters, jumpers and western and English pleasure.

More information: Those interested in TIP can follow the program at


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