OTTBs Competing at Rolex Will Receive Recognition from TIP

OTTBs Competing at Rolex Will Receive Recognition from TIP

OTTB Shiraz will once again contest the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event with owner and rider Colleen Rutledge.

Photo: Erica Larson, News Editor

This year’s Thoroughbreds For All event will once again host a presentation by The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) to recognize and award the riders who will be competing at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on registered Thoroughbreds. The remainder of the evening will consist of educational and entertaining sessions about selecting and working with off-track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) in addition to a delicious Southern meal.

The only four-star three-day event in the Western Hemisphere, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will take place April 23-27 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The Thoroughbreds for All event will take place April 24 at West Wind Farm, also in Lexington.

Other presenters at this year’s Thoroughbreds for All event include international high-performance dressage rider, trainer, coach, and clinician Reese Koffler-Stanfield; world-class colt trainer and winner of both the 2014 Kentucky Reining Cup and the 2014 All-American Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Reining Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship; and Laine Ashker, a four-time competitor at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

“For the fourth year in a row, TIP will be presenting an award to the highest placing Thoroughbred at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event,” said Kristin Leshney, legal associate for The Jockey Club and TIP coordinator. “Thoroughbreds For All gives us the opportunity to recognize all of the riders who have chosen to represent the versatile Thoroughbred at the highest level of equestrian competition.”

New Vocations Program Director Anna Ford added, “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. We have a great evening planned with a diverse group of highly qualified riders who want to share their knowledge of working with Thoroughbreds.”

Retired Racehorse Project President Steuart Pittman said, “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. 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 600 people from more than 20 states. This year’s event aims to draw an even larger crowd. Sponsored by AmWest Entertainment, Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred After-Care Program, and Wild Aire Farm, the evening festivities start at 5 p.m. on April 24, 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 Pittman and Ford.

Tickets are limited to 600 and are available for purchase online at https://eventbrite.com/event/15518199352 for $35 each. Proceeds from the event will benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and Retired Racehorse Project. Both are 501(c)3 charitable organizations.

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