Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover Tickets Now On Sale

Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) announced today the opening of ticket sales for the 2017 $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium Presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA). The event takes place October 5-8 at the Kentucky Horse Park and involves 578 trainers working with Thoroughbred ex-racehorses that will have received less than 10 months of retraining. They will travel from 46 states and three countries, all hoping to be crowned America's Most Wanted Thoroughbred.

Competition in Barrel Racing, Competitive Trails, Dressage, Eventing, Field Hunter, Freestyle, Polo, Show Hunter, Show Jumper, and Working Ranch will take place on Thursday and Friday in arenas and outside courses throughout the Horse Park. Seminars and over 80 vendors will be in the Covered Arena on those days as well. Thursday and. well. Thursday and. Friday activities are free and open to the public.

On Saturday the top five scorers from each of the 10 disciplines will compete in the Covered Arena Finale. The event lasts all day and into the evening with celebrity announcers, jumbotron on the main stage, selection of fan-favorite America's Most Wanted Thoroughbred, and an evening celebration with live music by Shades of Grass and dinner by Red State Barbecue.

“This year's finale will sell out,” said RRP president Steuart Pittman. “Word has spread that this is the finest display of horse training skills anywhere. Observing what good trainers can do in such a short time with a Thoroughbred racehorse is inspiring, leaving the audience eager to somehow connect with these amazing creatures.”

Sunday is Clinic Day at the Makeover. Spectators are welcome to audit for free as top trainers in each discipline instruct Makeover contestants before they head home to continue the work that ultimately secures the future of these horses.

At least half of the Thoroughbreds in this year's Makeover will be offered for sale. Purchase prices last year averaged $8,000 with the highest going for $30,000. Buyers will have online and printed catalogs and opportunities to examine and ride horses at seller's discretion.

Buy tickets to the 2017 event here.

Read more at the Retired Racehorse Project.

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