For the third consecutive year, ReRun, Inc. and New Vocations Racehorse Adoption programs will co-host the All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show to be held on Saturday, May 31 at Turfway Park. The Keeneland Association and Turfway Park have signed on as headline sponsors, with Churchill Downs again participating and GEAR for Sports coming aboard as a sponsor of this charity event.
In addition, ReRun and New Vocations are seeking class sponsors, with Cobra Farm and trainers such as Hillary Pridham and Michael Stidham already on board.
The showbill and entry forms for the Turfway show have been released, with a total of 50 classes carded. The classes will include everything from dressage, hunter/jumper and English and Western to costume, games and in-hand classes where injuries are not considered, as well as special classes for horses that have been procured through adoption programs. The 2003 show will offer $5,000 in prize money, with the winners of each class receiving an item donated by GEAR for Sports.
Back by popular demand are the "War Horse" classes, which feature ex-racehorses who have made at least 50 starts or earned upwards of $100,000 on the track.
The concept of providing a show where only Thoroughbreds compete has proven such a popular one with riders whose breed of choice is the Thoroughbred that ReRun, Inc. will also host an East Coast All-Thoroughbred Show at the New Jersey Horse Park on September 20, 2003. This will be the second year for the New Jersey show, with the 2002 event attracting over 100 horse/rider combinations.
"The All-Thoroughbred Shows have gained popularity each year, drawing more and more competitors and spectators," said Shon Wylie, executive director of ReRun, Inc., based in Kentucky. "Our goal is to get as many owners and trainers from the Thoroughbred industry as possible to come out an see what these horses can do off the track. Once they see what kind of future their ex-racehorse can have, they see the importance of retiring their horses sooner so that they will be sounder in the long run."
For more information, or to obtain showbills, entry forms or sponsorship information, contact ReRun, Inc. at 859.289.7786.