03/08/2013 11:09AM

Thoroughbred Horse Show Association accepting entries for spring show


Off a successful first season in 2012, the Thoroughbred Horse Show Association is now accepting entries for its spring show on April 14 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

Entries close April 1, but late entries may be taken with a late fee. Class fees will be waived for horses that have been adopted since November 2012. Several horses competing in the show will be available for sale or adoption.

“Our goal is to help as many Thoroughbreds as possible get quality show experience to increase their value as potential sport horses,” Executive Director Jan Roehl said. “By offering complimentary class fees, we hope to encourage just that."

The spring show will offer prize money, funded by contributions from the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company and The Jockey Club T.I.P. OBS is hosting a $500 Gamblers Choice, a competition in which each fence will have a point value and riders will create their own courses. The Jockey Club is sponsoring a $200 Jumper Classic, Cross Rails Championship, and Handy Hunter Championship along with providing awards in dressage and show jumping.

“We are really excited about the response to these shows and are working to expand them to help as many riders and horses as possible,” Roehl said. “With the support of our sponsors, we are able to double the number of show rings from last year and continue to hold the event at a world-class venue such as the Kentucky Horse Park.”

The Thoroughbred Horse Show Association was founded in 2011 to create opportunities to showcase off-the-track Thoroughbreds in second careers. In 2012, more than 200 Thoroughbreds of all ages competed in a variety of classes using their registered names with The Jockey Club. The Association's shows are affiliated with The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), which encourages the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon the completion of their careers in racing or breeding.

To date, 2013 sponsors represent organizations from across the United States and include Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, Bantry Farms, Hallway Feeds, The Jockey Club, Juddmonte Farms, Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company, Taylor Made and Winter Quarter South.

For more information about the Thoroughbred Horse Show Association season, including complete class descriptions and entry forms for the spring show, click here.