What you need to know to enter the 2018 Retired Racehorse Makeover

Winners of the 2017 RRP Eventing division, Cactus Willie and Allison Thompson. Photo via Retired Racehorse Project Facebook page.



What you need to know to enter the 2018 Retired Racehorse Makeover

Retired Racehorse Project announced yesterday the opening of trainer applications for the 2018 $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 15, 2018, and trainer approvals will be announced on Feb. 1, 2018.

The Thoroughbred Makeover features competition in 10 different disciplines among recently-retired racing Thoroughbreds with less than 10 months of retraining for a second career. Disciplines offered are barrel racing, competitive trail, dressage, eventing, field hunters, freestyle, polo, show hunter, show jumper, and ranch work.

Horses and their trainers will compete for $100,000 in prize money and the title of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred (determined by audience vote) at the Kentucky Horse Park on Oct. 4-7, 2018. The event includes seminars, demonstrations, sponsor fair, and a live-streamed finale featuring the top five horses in each discipline. Many of the horses competing will also be offered for sale.

Professional, amateur, and junior trainers are welcome to apply and do not need to have acquired their horse at the time of application. Applicants must demonstrate expertise in at least one of the Makeover disciplines through competition highlights, references, and optional video links.



Approved trainers can acquire eligible Thoroughbreds through whatever source they choose, or can ride under contract with an owner. Horses must:

  • Must be registered with the Jockey Club and have a lip tattoo or microchip.
  • Must have raced or had a published work after July 1, 2016.
  • Can not have started training for a second career prior to December 1, 2017, other than a maximum of 15 allowable rides.

[Full 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover Rules & Information]

Click HERE to send in your application. 

Excerpts from Retired Racehorse Project press release

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