an evening of education and fellowship for people who favor off-the-track Thoroughbreds combined with an invitation for equestrians to shop in Kentucky for the Thoroughbred of their dreams.
The evening event starts shortly following the Rolex cross country at 5pm on Saturday, April 28 fifteen miles from the Kentucky Horse Park in the covered arena at West Wind Farm, 4787 Haley Rd., Lexington KY 40516. A southern dinner and cash bar will be included in the evening festivities. The event is proudly sponsored by AmWest Entertainment and the Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred After-Care Program.
Highlights will include:
Two-time World Champion Bruce Davidson alongside Rolex veterans Dorothy Crowell and Cathy Wieshhoff and veterinarian Dr. Allday will evaluate the potential of recently retired racehorses available for adoption through New Vocations. They will share their likes and dislikes, provide helpful tips when looking at OTTBs and cover a variety of issues including injuries.
Get inside information on what Jockeys know that all equestrians should know when Hall of Fame Jockey Chris McCarron and students from the North American Racing Academy demonstrate during their session.
Chris McCarron says,“At the North American Racing Academy, we try to instill the same basic riding principals early on, that are taught to all riders. Light hands, how to properly do a posting trot and so on. Of course, eventually, we focus on race riding techniques, but the foundations are the same. And the one constant will be that all kids who aspire to ride competitively, regardless of their riding discipline, will sit on a racehorse, or ex-racehorse, at one point or another. So it’s important for them to be sensitive to how a racehorse thinks, feels and reacts - whether you’re facing a three foot post and rail jump or a three furlong workout.”
Demonstrations to also include working with retired racehorses at various stages of training as well as a special appearance by the 1994 World Equestrian Games silver medalist and 1998 top-placed American at Rolex, Molokai, a Kentucky-bred racehorse.
“New Vocations is thrilled to be hosting this event as a way of showcasing not only our own horses but also the hundreds of other off-the-track Thoroughbreds in central Kentucky to the fans of the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event,” says New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford. “Putting highly respected equestrians like Chris McCarron and Bruce Davidson under one roof creates a dynamic educational opportunity.”
“The Retired Racehorse Training Project sees this collaboration as a model for future Thoroughbreds For All! events throughout the country,” says RRTP President Steuart Pittman. “Combining public education with a marketplace for buyers and sellers to meet is a formula that has potential to increase demand for ex-racehorses everywhere. That is good for the horses, good for the racing industry, and good for the next generation of riders.”
All sessions will be moderated by Steuart Pittman of RRTP and Anna Ford of New Vocations.The event will run from 5pm to 9pm and will include a southern style dinner and cash bar. Tickets are available for purchase online at http://thoroughbredsforall.eventbrite.com
for $35 each with space limited initially to 300 people. Additional tickets may be available in the days preceding the event.
In addition to the Saturday evening event, Thoroughbreds For All!
includes a printed and online catalogue of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses available for purchase or adoption in central Kentucky. The online catalogue will appear on the RRTP website at www.retiredracehorsetraining.org
and be sorted by sponsoring organizations or farms with mapping to the locations of the horses. The print catalogue 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.