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SECOND CHANCE at WINNING

The Thoroughbred makeover showcases off-track horses in 10 disciplines and offers $100,000 in prize money.

The Retired Racehorse Project’s (RRP) Thoroughbred Makeover has truly been a gamechanger for retired racehorses. Designed to showcase the trainability and talent of off-track Thoroughbreds, the competition has come a long way since its inaugural Retired Racehorse Training Symposium in 2009.

The brainchild of Steuart Pittman, the organization was founded in 2010 with one focus: educating the public as to just how much these horses had left to give once they retire from the track. Pittman sought to re-establish the Thoroughbred as a premier show mount while also highlighting them in other, non-traditional roles, such as ranch and trail riding.

In 2011, the RRP (then called the Retired Racehorse Training Project) began the journey to what would become the largest Thoroughbred training competition in the nation. The Maryland and Pennsylvania Horse World Expos hosted the firstever Trainer Challenge, drawing thousands of Thoroughbred lovers to each venue.

In addition to showcasing the horses during ridden work, spectators were treated to demonstrations and explanations; a core tenet of the RRP has always been providing education in multiple formats, including online and in-person, with educational panels, trade fairs, seminars and more.

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