Thoroughbreds are known for their life on the race track. Ever wonder what happens when they have hung up their running shoes? The Retired Race Horse Project, more commonly known as the Makeover by participants, helps retired racehorses transition into their second career.
This event is held every year at the Kentucky Horse Park. Hundreds of competitors train horses that have just come off the track the previous year. There are 10 different areas these horses compete in. Everything from freestyle to field hunters to polo is showcased at the Makeover.
Day one and two are the preliminary competitions. Each area gets judged by experts in order to crown the finalists. The top 3 move onto the finale on day 3. Here the champion of each discipline is crowned. At the end of the finale, America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred is crowned. This title is awarded on the crowd applause.
Not only is there the competition, but the Makeover also holds many clinics, seminars, and demos with the judges and competitors on the last day. These demos and clinics are given on each discipline and also offers insight into what goes on in the retraining of the horses involved. You don’t even have to worry about the weather! Day 3 and 4 are held in the covered arena.
If you find yourself with some downtime, very rare but possible, there is a fantastic vendor selection as well. Companies come to show off their latest and greatest in horse and rider care. You can also talk with charities that work with off the track thoroughbreds (ottbs) while you are at it.
The Makeover is also a huge resale event. Horses with a green number are for sale and can be found during the Sale’s Horse Showcase. You can also walk through the barns to meet the horses and riders while they hang around the stalls. I was very impressed with how kind and personable all the staff, riders, and vendors were. Everyone involved with this event was genuinely there to promote the retraining of these
I was very impressed with how kind and personable all the staff, riders, and vendors were. Everyone involved with this event was genuinely there to promote the retraining of these ottbs and were excited to answer any questions. This is a great event to go see and would highly recommend it everyone even if they don’t ride horses!