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April 16, 2014

Rolex Riders at “Thoroughbreds For All” to Receive Recognition by The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program

April 16, 2014 — Lexington Kentucky — 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 (OTTB). A star line-up of well-known equestrians, including Olympic dressage judge Linda Zang, Pan American Games eventing gold medalist Lynn Symansky with her OTTB Donner, Olympian Boyd Martin, and Kentucky Oaks winning jockey Rosie Napravnik, will participate in the sessions.  
  
“On Sunday, April 27, The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program will be presenting an award to the highest placing Thoroughbred at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event, and we are excited to have the opportunity to recognize all of the riders who have chosen to represent the versatile Thoroughbred at the highest level of equestrian competition,” says Kristin Leshney, legal associate for The Jockey Club and coordinator of T.I.P. 
  
“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. “We have a great evening planned with a diverse group of highly qualified riders who want to share their knowledge of working with Thoroughbreds.”
  
“The most exciting thing about the Rolex Three Day Event for Thoroughbred lovers is that horses bred to race compete and win against horses bred for eventing,” says RRTP President Steuart Pittman. “Bringing the riders of these horses together with their fans and The Jockey Club is a great way to recognize their achievement. We truly do have the stars lined up for this year’s event.” 
  
Last year’s event drew more than 500 people from 15 states. This year’s event aims to draw a larger crowd. The event has received industry support and is sponsored by AmWest Entertainment and Wild Aire Farm. The evening festivities start at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25, only 15 miles from the Kentucky Horse Park in the covered arena at the New Vocations Facility at West Wind Farm, 4787 Haley Rd., Lexington, KY  40516. 
  
All sessions will be moderated by Steuart Pittman of RRTP. 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 600 people. Additional tickets may be available in the days preceding the event. 
  
In addition to the Friday evening event, on Sunday April 27th at 9:00am there will be a behind the scenes tour at the Thoroughbred Training Center led by Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron.  The tour will include visiting the backside barn area, demonstrations from North American Racing Academy students, and open discussion on Thoroughbreds and track life. 
  
Proceeds from Thoroughbreds For All will benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and Retired Racehorse Training Project; both are 501(c) 3 charitable organizations. 
  
  
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program 
Founded in 1992, New Vocations has become the largest racehorse adoption program in the country and has facilities in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. The program’s mission is to rehab, retrain, and rehome retired racehorses. In 2013 the program took in over 400 retired racehorses. Working directly with owners and trainers who need aftercare for horses leaving the track, the program currently receives horses from more than 30 racetracks. New Vocations has a sound adoption system that is proven to move a large number of horses in a relatively short period of time. The program focuses on adoption rather than retirement, believing that each horse deserves to have an individual home and purpose. www.newvocations.org

 
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