The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program, which encourages the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding, is offering a performance award pilot program for the second half of 2013.
"The original goal of T.I.P. was to offer awards and prizes for Thoroughbreds at specific horse shows," said Kristin Leshney, legal associate for The Jockey Club and T.I.P. administrator. "This new program enables us to recognize the Thoroughbred accumulating the most points at all horse shows in each of the award categories and divisions throughout the year."
A ribbon and prize will be given to the champion in each category and a ribbon will be given to the champion in each division. The performance awards will be tabulated for horse shows held between July 1 and Nov. 30, 2013.
Performance Award results are submitted by owners and riders. Horse shows do not have to offer T.I.P. awards to be included in the performance award program. In order to participate in the performance award program, owners and riders must obtain a T.I.P. number for their Thoroughbred.
"The responses we've received from horse shows, Thoroughbred owners, and through our Facebook page has been tremendous," said Dell Hancock, a Thoroughbred owner and advisor to the T.I.P. program. "We hope this program further enhances Thoroughbred participation at horse shows and encourages more people to retrain Thoroughbreds for second careers."
Applications for T.I.P. awards at horse shows during the 2014 show season will be accepted from Aug. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2013. The T.I.P. application will be available at tjctip.com
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