TBcelebration-logoThe Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Shows (TCHS), presented by the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, is pleased to announce added prize money for 2013.  With generous support from TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbreds Program, After The Finish Line (ATFL) and The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), more than $12,000 in prize money will be awarded during the TCHS shows on March 15-17, June 7-9, and October 25-27, 2013 in Lexington, Virginia.

Each TCHS will offer the $1,500 TAKE2 Jumper Stake, the $1,500 After the Finish Line Hunter Stake, and the $150 T.I.P. Thoroughbred Handy Hunter Class.  Additionally, throughout the 2013 series, prize money totaling more than $2,600 will be awarded in the T.I.P. English Pleasure Walk/Trot, English Pleasure Walk/Trot/Canter and numerous other Hunter, Jumper, and Pleasure High Score Awards.  The T.I.P. is also supportive of the expanded TCHS show schedule, which will include Dressage and Combined Training in June and October.

TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program, an organization comprised of the The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, the New York Racing Association and the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc., was formed in 2012 to develop second career opportunities for Thoroughbreds who have been retired from racing.  The program is designed to highlight the success of Thoroughbreds as show horses, and to reward those who compete on Thoroughbreds with awards and prize money in restricted divisions.  The network of qualifying opportunities for each $1,500 TAKE2 Jumper Stake will also include TAKE2 Jumper classes offered throughout the United States at USEF AA-Rated events.  Visit www.nytha.com to locate shows offering TAKE2 classes.

ATFL, is a 501(C) (3) funding non-profit for racehorses that are transitioned off the track into second careers.  In 2013, the fourth year of partnership with ATFL, participants of the TCHS series will have numerous ways in which they can positively impact the lives of former racehorses as they await adoption from rescue organizations across the United States.  A silent auction is held at each TCHS to raise money for ATFL.  ATFL will also be the recipient of a portion of the entry fees for The Jockey Club T.I.P. English Pleasure classes at each TCHS in 2013.  The Recycled Ribbons for Recycled Racehorses program will be implemented in this year as well.  Ribbon winners can return their TCHS ribbons to the show office, and the show will make a donation of $.50 for each ribbon to ATFL. With more than 1,200 ribbons being awarded during the 2013 show series, Recycled Ribbons for Recycled Racehorses can have a meaningful impact.  Visit www.afterthefinishline.org for more information.

The T.I.P was introduced in 2012 to encourage the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding.  T.I.P. offers sponsorship for Thoroughbred-only classes and divisions, high point Thoroughbred awards at open horse shows and competitions, a Thoroughbred of the Year Award, and a Young Rider of the Year Award.  A free tattoo lookup service called The Jockey Club Registry is available to help identify Thoroughbred horses.  Free assistance with the placement of Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing or breeding careers is available through The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Connect service.  Visit www.tjctip.com to find a complete list of classes and high score awards offered by T.I.P for participants of the 2013 TCHS, other T.I.P. sponsored events nationwide, and links to The Jockey Club Registry and Thoroughbred Connect.

Many former racehorses will be making their way ‘From Starting Gate to In Gate’ at the Virginia Horse Center Foundation in 2013.  To learn more about the TCHS show series, contact Show Manager Krista Hodgkin at khodgkin@horsecenter.org or (540) 293-7994.  Keep up-to-date with our show series on our Facebook page: Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Shows.