TIP Approves 375 Horse Shows

TIP sponsors Thoroughbred classes and high point awards at sanctioned horse shows.

The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program has approved more than 375 shows from the 268 applications that it received.

TIP, which sponsors Thoroughbred classes and high point awards at sanctioned horse shows, said in a release it received applications represented approximately 400 horse shows in 37 states and Canadian provinces.

"We've approved shows in numerous disciplines, including eventing, dressage, Western and English pleasure, and hunter/jumper," Kristin Werner Leshney, legal associate for The Jockey Club, said in the release. "We added series year-end awards for associations with multiple shows, and they've been very popular."

In 2013, TIP will disburse $100,000 in prize money, ribbons and prizes, including saddle pads, stall plaques, coolers, halters and tote bags, according to the release.

"In addition to awards for shows, we have renewed the out-of-competition awards," said Leshney. "Winners of the Thoroughbred of the year award and the young rider of the year award will each receive $5,000 and other prizes."

Applications for the non-competition awards will be available at tjctip.com in May with a deadline of June 28, 2013.

TIP also said it has introduced a number card that distinguishes horse and rider combinations and should be provided to horse shows as proof of eligibility. Owners/riders can apply for a TIP number at tjctip.com. Only Thoroughbreds that have been registered with The Jockey Club or, new for 2013, a foreign Thoroughbred stud book recognized by The Jockey Club are eligible to participate in T.I.P. classes and awards.

The complete schedule of TIP-sponsored shows and other information about the program is also available on the T.I.P. website. TIP also has a Facebook page at facebook.com/tjctip.