It’s a Thoroughbred lover’s paradise—Thoroughbreds jumping, Thoroughbreds dressaging, Thoroughbreds driving-vaulting-jumping bridleless. At the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover, you can watch Throughbreds doing every discipline under the sun and even making up their own routines in the freestyle competition.
The RRP Thoroughbred Makeover attracts horses and riders from across the country to compete in the $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover in the heart of race horse country, Lexington, Ky. This year 385 horses are competing in 10 different disciplines. Eligible horses began re-training off the track no more than 10 months before the competition, and riders pick one or two disciplines in which to show off their OTTB.
The top five horses from each discipline face off in a finale to determine a discipline winner, and from that group of horses an overall “America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred” is selected by votes from the crowd and receives $10,000. There’s also a $5,000 Thoroughbred Ambassador Award for the trainer who most effectively showcases the breed’s talent and trainability.
Competition started Thursday and wraps up Saturday—check out some scenes from Friday’s classes and stay tuned to the Chronicle for more for the Makeover!