This year’s Thoroughbreds For All event will offer dinner followed by a special presentation by The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program to recognize and award the 17 riders who will be competing at Rolex on registered Thoroughbreds. The rest of the evening will consist of educational and entertaining sessions about selecting and working with off-the-track Thoroughbreds. Several well-known equestrians, such as Olympic rider Phillip Dutton and Hall of Fame Jockey Chris McCarron, will participate in the sessions.
Last year’s event drew more than 300 people from 15 states. This year’s event aims to draw a larger crowd: To date more than 150 tickets have been purchased. The event has received industry recognition and is sponsored by AmWest Entertainment, Gulfstream After Care, and Three Chimney’s Farm, which will also offer a tour of its stallion barn on Sunday with each purchased ticket. The evening festivities start at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26, only 15 miles from the Kentucky Horse Park in the covered arena at the New Vocations Facility, 4787 Haley Rd., Lexington, Ky., 40516.
“New Vocations is thrilled to once again host this wonderful event that not only showcases the Thoroughbreds in our program but also promotes the retraining of these athletes into a variety of new careers,” says New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford. “Putting highly respected equestrians like Chris McCarron and Phillip Dutton under the same roof to talk about retraining efforts and techniques creates a dynamic educational opportunity.”
“It is always a thrill to watch so many beautifully trained ex-racehorses competing at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event,” said Steuart Pittman, president of the Retired Racehorse Training Project (RRTP). “This opportunity to learn from the riders how they select and train these animals is exactly what the equestrian public needs to remind us of the quality these horses offer. It is also very gratifying to have The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program and leaders of the racing industry on hand to honor the riders for what they have done with their Thoroughbreds.”
All sessions will be moderated by Steuart Pittman. The event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will include dinner. Tickets are available for purchase online at eventbrite.com for $35 each with space limited initially to 400 people. Additional tickets may be available in the days preceding the event.
In addition to the Saturday evening event, Thoroughbreds For All, a printed and online catalog of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses available for purchase or adoption in central Kentucky will be available. The online catalog will appear on the RRTP website at retiredracehorsetraining.org and will be sorted by sponsoring organizations or farms with mapping to the locations of the horses. The print catalog will be distributed through sponsoring vendors and organizations at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Proceeds from the event will benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and Retired Racehorse Training Project; both are 501(c) 3 charitable organizations.