Off-the-track racehorses as sport and competition horses have a strong following in the equestrian world, and the many international successes back up that support. But what about the former racers who are excelling, but at a quieter pace?
Many former racehorses are enjoying a second career not as sport or show horses, but as recreational mounts, and the USA’s Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) is getting on board to support these horses with its new Thoroughbred Recreational Riding Incentive Program.
The program is designed for Thoroughbred owners who spend most of their time outside of the show ring, whether on trails (including competitive trail rides), endurance rides, or even driving.
“Many off-track Thoroughbreds and owners are more suited to recreational riding than to showing,” said Kristin Leshney, TIP. coordinator. “The Thoroughbred Recreational Riding Incentive Program enables recreational riders to be rewarded for choosing Thoroughbreds.”
Multiple awards are offered depending on the number of hours spent riding or driving, ranging from a TIP patch for 25 hours to a TIP fleece jacket for 10,000 hours. To receive awards, riders must record their riding time in one-hour increments, rounding down to the whole hour. Arena riding, lessons, and show hours are not eligible for awards.
“We are excited to have more Thoroughbreds becoming part of the TIP program and gaining recognition for their diversity as equine partners,” Leshney said.
For purposes of eligibility for Thoroughbred Recreational Riding Incentive Program, a “Thoroughbred” is defined as any horse that has been registered with The Jockey Club or a foreign Thoroughbred stud book recognized by The Jockey Club. All horses must have a TIP number with the correct rider listed.
Established in October 2011, TIP recognizes and rewards the versatility of the Thoroughbred through sponsorship of Thoroughbred classes and high point awards at sanctioned horse shows, performance awards, and non-competition awards.