Applications Open for 2021 Thoroughbred Makeover
Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2021.
Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2021. Accepted trainers will be announced on February 15, 2021.
As the 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover was postponed to 2021 due to the
impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 edition of the Retired
Racehorse Project's banner event will include competition groups both
for horses that would have competed in 2020, as well as those entering
for 2021. The two groups will compete separately, including two separate
Finales to crown each year's Thoroughbred Makeover Champion.
Applications for the 2020 competition year closed earlier this year,
though new owners of horses already entered for 2020 may apply to
Entering its seventh year at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington,
the Thoroughbred Makeover features competition in ten disciplines for
recently-retired Thoroughbreds in their first year of retraining for a
career after racing. Horses and their trainers may compete in one or two
disciplines of their choice, including Barrel Racing, Competitive
Trail, Dressage, Eventing, Field Hunter, Polo, Ranch Work, Show Hunter,
Show Jumper, and Freestyle (a freeform discipline showcasing skills of
the trainer's choosing).
Horses and trainers will compete for more than $100,000 in total
prize money per competition year, plus the coveted title of Thoroughbred
Makeover Champion at the Kentucky Horse Park on October 12-17, 2021.
The Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium includes not just the
competition, but educational seminars, a vendor fair, the Makeover
Marketplace horse sale, and the Makeover Master Class, featuring
demonstrations and insight from leading trainers. The Finale features
the top five horses in each discipline and will be live-streamed for
viewers at home.
The Thoroughbred Makeover is open to professionals, amateurs, juniors
(ages 12 and over), and teams. Applicants are required to provide
information about their riding and competition background as well as
references, including one from a veterinarian. Applicants are encouraged
to provide links to riding video, which is a requirement for first-time
competitors. Competitors do not need to have acquired their horse at
the time of application, though they must register their horse no later
than July 31, 2021.
Approved trainers may acquire eligible Thoroughbreds through whatever
source they choose, or can ride under contract from an owner. Eligible
horses must have raced or had a published work on or after July 1, 2019
and must not have started retraining for a second career prior to
December 1, 2020 other than a maximum of 15 allowable rides, intended to
allow for trial rides. The 2021 Thoroughbred Makeover Rulebook outlines
all rules and information relevant to the competition, with changes for
2021 marked in red and clarifying information marked in blue.