The Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover was a success and the TAA is proud to see so many accredited organizations well represented with competitors in nearly every discipline.
Congratulations to the TAA-accredited Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center grad Demarlboro and rider Houston Buflod on earning the title of Competitive Trail Champion. Demarlboro is a 2013 Kentucky-bred gelding with eight starts who was donated to the MMSC by breeder and owner Russell Fortune of Fortune Racing. After arriving at the MMSC, Demarlboro was adopted by Beth Berrettoni in September of 2017 and began his retraining with the help of Houston Buflod of Helge’s Horse Training.
TAA-accredited Second Stride grad Delightfully and rider Amy Lent competed in the freestyle championship after earning third place in the preliminary competition. For their routine, Lent and Delightfully performed an impressive driving pattern. This dynamic duo also competed in Competitive Trail and placed 11th. Delightfully is a 2014 Louisiana-bred filly who made just one start in December of 2017.
The TAA Grad Award was given to TAA-accredited Thoroughbred Athletes grad Okie Jazz and rider Nicole St. Martin for their efforts in eventing. Okie Jazz, a 2013 Oklahoma-bred Cowboy Cal gelding, was stakes placed just last year in the Remington Park Turf Sprint Stakes in September 2017.
TAA-accredited Final Furlong grad Larry’s Quest and rider Ashley Minion earned the Canada Bred Award with their 11th-place finish in eventing.
Some other TAA grad highlights from the event:
CANTER USA Award: 3rd place was awarded to Tripple Reward and Megan Waelti. Tripple Reward is a graduate of TAA-accredited CANTER Kentucky.
New Vocations Award, sponsored by TAA-accredited New Vocations: The winner was Alum and Leandra Cooper, who competed in show jumping and hunters.
Iron Horse Award, sponsored by TAA-accredited MidAtlantic Horse Rescue: In 22nd was TAA-accredited RVR Horse Rescue grad Run Binky Run and Kyle Rothfus (read their story here), who competed in Competitive Trail.
TAA grads were well represented in the Louisiana Bred Award, with third place going to Delightfully and Amy Lent in freestyle; and 7th place also going to Amy Lent with TAA-accredited Second Stride grad For YU Michelle in freestyle.
The Roses For Sharon Award, 7th place finisher was TAA-accredited Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds grad Xanadu Express and Skyler Norris (read more about the pair) in show jumping.
More scenes from the Thoroughbred Makeover:
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