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Thoroughbred Incentive Program – Non-Competition Award Applications Available

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Applications for The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program’s (T.I.P.’s) two annual awards, the Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the Young Rider of the Year Award, are now available online at Applications are due June 30, 2018.

The T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award recognizes a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as equine-assisted therapy or police work. The award includes a $5,000 grant to the non-profit organization associated with the horse or, if no organization is associated with the horse, to a horse-related charity chosen by The Jockey Club. To apply for the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award, owners can download an application at [Read More…]

Rick Violette Discusses Aftercare Progress and the Road Forward

By Diana Pikulski, Editor, Thoroughbred Adoption Network

For more than 30 years, the thoroughbred racing industry has had various starts and stops in addressing the racehorse aftercare issue on a comprehensive basis. Charitable organizations were hard at work and raised awareness but it wasn’t until after the filly Eight Belles broke down that leaders in the racing industry started putting forth industry-wide efforts. Thoroughbred trainer Rick Violette, then president of the New York Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association (NYTHA) advanced an effective two-pronged approach (TAKE THE LEAD and TAKE2), funded by NYTHA to create a safety net for New York’s racehorses. TAKE THE LEAD and TAKE2 address two basic elements of the issue. TAKE THE LEAD is an expedient way for owners and trainers to retire a horse from racing and TAKE2 established thoroughbred-only hunter and jumper classes at existing shows with prize money and a league awarding a grand prize at the end of the season.

Proud of the progress TAKE2 has made over its first five years, Violette said he sees an even better future for off-track thoroughbreds as he plans to diversify the strategy of the pioneering program.

In year five, TAKE2 has made major inroads going from integration in eight horse shows to 350 shows across the US. But, in keeping with Violette’s philosophy on all issues in the racing business, it will be honed and tweaked to keep it fresh and growing. Violette’s approach is refreshingly horse-centric yet focused on the big picture. He was a show rider, trainer and riding teacher before becoming a successful racehorse trainer and he said that the characteristics we admire in thoroughbreds may be more attractive to serious young riders like those participating in U.S. Pony Club than to the average hunter rider.

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With Lofty Goals, Porter Starts Horse Welfare Operation

By Bill Finley, Thoroughbred Daily News

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Prominent owner Rick Porter does not believe that the slaughter of retired racehorses is an unsolvable problem. Along with Victoria Keith, the executive vice president of Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Porter has started the National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization, which he says will be an all-encompassing organization whose mission is to end slaughter and deal with other welfare issues, such as the illegal doping of horses.

The news of the founding of the National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization was first reported by the Blood-Horse.

“Can we end the slaughter of Thoroughbreds 100%? Maybe not, but I think we can end it 95%, and that would be pretty big,” Porter said. “But our goal is to end it 100%.”

There are literally hundreds of horse rescue operations in the U.S., but Porter and Keith foresee their group as an attempt to take horse welfare problems and have them addressed primarily by one large, well-funded organization that has the assets to put a huge dent into the problem. [Read More…]

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