Hundreds of Thoroughbreds Head to Kentucky for Second Career Showcase


After nine months of training, 302 recently retired racehorses from 62 different racetracks across North America are on their way to Lexington, Kentucky. Their destination is the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium Presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, October 27-30 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Each horse has a trainer that has invested up to ten months preparing for this event. They all hope to win a share of the $100,000 purse, but also to demonstrate within their riding disciplines that Thoroughbred ex-racehorses are the most trainable equine athletes on the planet.

The four-day event starts with competition in the following ten equestrian disciplines: barrel racing, competitive trails, dressage, eventing, field hunters, freestyle, polo, show hunters, show jumpers, and working ranch. The top three in each sport compete in the Saturday afternoon finale where America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred will be crowned. The event will be streamed live at

Dale Simanton
Dale Simanton

“For anyone interested in training horses, this is as good as it gets,” said event organizer and RRP President Steuart Pittman. “The horses all started knowing only what they learned in the sport of racing, and each trainer applies his or her own methods to the process. You can’t help but learn something new.”

America's Most Wanted Thoroughbred in 2015 was Lindsey Partridge's Soar.
America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred in 2015 was Lindsey Partridge’s Soar.

Education is, in fact, the purpose of the weekend. Five “Bridges to Second Careers Roundtables,” five seminars, and thirteen training demonstrations all seek to improve the quality of training and care that these horses receive from their post-racing owners. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet Rosie Napravnik, Bernie Traurig, Chris McCarron, Elisa Wallace, Lance Graves and dozens of other top riders, trainers, veterinarians and educators.

2014 Most Wanted Thoroughbred winners Phillip Dutton and Icabad Crane.
2014 Most Wanted Thoroughbred winners Phillip Dutton and Icabad Crane.

The Makeover Horse Sale features 106 of the horses in the competition. Buyers can review the online catalog with prices, photos and videos in advance, and of course watch horses compete during the competition.

For details and a full schedule of events go to

Tik Maynard
Tik Maynard


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