The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program announced Sir Gus, of Brook Hill Retirement Center for Horses, as the winner of its Thoroughbred of the Year Award.
The Thoroughbred of the Year Award recognizes a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as equine-assisted therapy or police work, and includes a $5,000 grant to the nonprofit organization associated with the horse or, if no organization is associated with the horse, to a horse-related charity chosen by The Jockey Club.
Brook Hill Retirement Center for Horses, a TAA-accredited organization based in Forest, Va., offers equine-assisted learning programs for at-risk youth, physically and mentally challenged children and adults, senior citizens, and military veterans.
Sir Gus has participated in the at-risk youth program as well as the therapeutic program to assist participants with physical and mental challenges. He helps children to gain self-confidence and grow into caring, compassionate adults. On the track, the son of Tammany raced 43 times, winning six races and accumulating earnings of $35,079.
“Gus has done it all, from jumping at Pony Club Rally to helping children in a therapeutic riding program–he loves to take care of his riders” said Jo Anne Miller, executive director of Brook Hill.