How can you help encourage the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding?
Participate in T.I.P.
Thoroughbreds are versatile athletes, which makes them ideally suited for any number of disciplines beyond the racetrack. By riding a Thoroughbred and participating in the Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) you will help showcase the breed’s many talents at all levels of competition. T.I.P. offers awards for competition horses, recreational riding horses, non-competition horses, and young riders. A “Thoroughbred” is defined as any horse that has been registered with The Jockey Club. Or a foreign Thoroughbred stud book approved by The Jockey Club and the International Stud Book Committee.
Talk to Shows about T.I.P.
Encourage shows near you to apply for T.I.P. awards. Awards are available in nearly all disciplines, from hunters and jumpers to eventing, dressage and western, as well as polocrosse, polo and endurance riding. The application period for shows is August 1 – September 30 each year. Show your appreciation for shows that choose to offer the awards by supporting shows that have awards.
Support aftercare organizations
We do offer a couple of year end awards sponsored by two aftercare organizations. These organizations are the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Adoptee Performance Award and the Thoroughbred Charities of America Green OTTB Performance Award Categories. Even if you don’t get a Thoroughbred from one of the groups accredited by TAA or supported by TCA, you can support aftercare through donations and volunteer time!
A closing thought….
Did you know that microchips are available from The Jockey Club? Microchips may be helpful in establishing the identity of Thoroughbreds for horse shows, domestic or international travel, and in the event, a horse is lost or stolen. As of Dec. 1, 2017, US Equestrian will require a microchip for horses and ponies competing in classes that require USHJA horse registration. And T.I.P. will be scanning for microchips at the 2017 T.I.P. Championships! Reporting of the microchip number for Thoroughbreds to The Jockey Club is included with the cost of the microchip as a convenience for owners, breeders and their agents. The Jockey Club offers microchips for $15 each (plus tax in New York and Kentucky). For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.