This past weekend, riders and their OTTBs converged on The Kentucky Horse Park’s Rolex Arena. Over 250 horses competed in the New Vocations Charity Jumper Show and the Inaugural TIP Championships! I was very fortunate to be able to participate in the 2’9″ jumper championships on Sunday and enjoy the other activities the shows had to offer.
The park was filled with happy riders and horses as the first day of competition kicked off. For me, though, this was a day to unpack and settle Gus into his stall for the weekend. We check in and was greeted with an amazing welcome bag filled with goodies!
That afternoon, Gus and I got to participate in the “I Love My Ex” ceremony which celebrated the versatility of the thoroughbreds. There were also special awards for, youngest and oldest horse, most starts, most earned on the track, and highest seller at auction. It was amazing to be standing among horses who had raced in the Breeder Cup or earned over 2 million dollars on the track!
The charity show was still going strong on day two! So strong in fact that they had to add an arena and start the hunter show an hour earlier. Competitors filled up 4 arenas for almost 12 hours. Barns were filled with the hustle and bustle of the competitors getting ready for their classes and making sure they and their horses looked their best.
The big day at the horse park! The first ever Thoroughbred Incentive Program Championships! Even with the added pressure to place, the atmosphere was filled with friendly conversations and laughter. 140 horses were entered in 12 divisions.
The courses were absolutely fantastic and the jumps were top notch. Everyone was treated like a champion and received a medal and a prize. It was truly a weekend to remember for everyone involved.
Will you and your OTTB participate in the charity show or championships? Be sure to follow New Vocations on Instagram and Facebook as well as TIP’s Instagram and Facebook for qualification and other updates!