Many Thoroughbreds and their owners enjoy trail riding or other recreational riding on a regular basis. T.I.P. launched a Thoroughbred Recreational Riding Incentive Program in January 2017. So far 20 horses have earned their 25-hour patch– here’s a little more about 3 of them!
Pat and Lady
Pal’s First Lady was the first horse to earn the 25-hour patch with owner and rider Pat Robinson. Lady was adopted from New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program after a couple of other homes were not quite the right fit. Pat shared – “[t]he wonderful folks at New Vocations did not give up on her and she found her way to me and she is just a delight and seems very happy trail riding.”
Pat and Lady earned many of their hours in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways and shared this beautiful photo of some of their adventures! One ride included a stop at the Susie Nichols homestead. Nichols, who up until her death in1959 chose to keep the old ways.” She lived without electricity and relied on her horse “ol’ Don”, remaining independent and self-sufficient. The park maintains her board & batten cabin and several out buildings—the Nichols homestead being a cultural landscape typical of Ozark lifeways. Nichols once said “The wind comes a sighin’ through the pines, and it’s such a nice comforting sound. Mixed with hard work and once in a while a neighborly visit, I reckon it’s the best medicine of all”. Sounds a little like how many of us feel while out on the trails on horseback!
Agnieszka and Dippity
Agnieszka Orzechowska and Dippity (aka Sara) earned their hours on the trails on Maryland’s State Parks, but they also stay busy training for their next endurance race! Aggie had this to say about her chestnut OTTB mare: “I couldn’t find a better-suited horse for me even if I tried. She’s everything I have ever dreamed of in a horse and more. She gave me a new passion, new friends, she is my therapist, my personal trainer, my meditation guru, and a great big sister to my Rhodesian Ridgeback.”
Tammy and Jazzi Mazzi
Tammy Lorah-Haydt and Jazzi Mazzi completed the 25 hour milestone and shared what a difference the TRRIP has made on their life: “It has been a great program and has given me purpose and desire to ride again – my gelding is 27 years old and has improved in his attitude and fitness throughout our 25 hour goal – thank you for providing this program to TB owners [and] for creating an opportunity for me to create so many memories with my best friend.” Tammy’s daughter even made her a sign to celebrate their achievement!