01/21/2013 4:27PM

Thoroughbred Incentive Program approves more than 375 shows for 2013

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The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) has approved more than 375 shows for its 2013 competition program, which will award more than $100,000 in prize money and other awards.

Unveiled in October 2011, T.I.P. sponsors Thoroughbred-only classes and high point awards at sanctioned horse shows to demonstrate the versatility of the breed and promote viable career options for former racehorses. Only Thoroughbreds that have been registered with The Jockey Club or, new for 2013, with a foreign Thoroughbred stud book recognized by The Jockey Club, are eligible to participate in T.I.P. classes and awards.

For the 2013 season, 268 applications were received from approximately 400 horse shows in 37 states and Canadian provinces.

“We’ve approved shows in numerous disciplines, including eventing, dressage, Western and English pleasure, and hunter/jumper,” Kristin Werner Leshney, legal associate for The Jockey Club, said. “We added series year-end awards for associations with multiple shows, and they’ve been very popular.”

T.I.P. will disburse $100,000 in prize money, ribbons and prizes, including saddle pads, stall plaques, coolers, halters and tote bags.

“In addition to awards for shows, we have renewed the out-of-competition awards,” Leshney said. “Winners of the Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the Young Rider of the Year Award will each receive $5,000 and other prizes.”

Applications for the non-competition awards will be available at www.tjctip.com in May with a deadline of June 28.

T.I.P. has also introduced the T.I.P. number card, which distinguishes horse and rider combinations and should be provided to horse shows as proof of eligibility. Owners/riders can apply for a T.I.P. number at www.tjctip.com.