07/31/2013 3:30PM

Thoroughbred Incentive Program now offering performance awards

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The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), which encourages the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines, has created a performance award pilot program for the second half of 2013.

“The original goal of T.I.P. was to offer awards and prizes for Thoroughbreds at specific horse shows,” said Kristin Leshney, legal associate for The Jockey Club and the administrator of T.I.P. “This new program enables us to recognize the Thoroughbred accumulating the most points at all horse shows in each of the award categories and divisions throughout the year.”

Performance award results will be submitted by owners and riders, who must obtain a T.I.P. number for their Thoroughbred, and horse shows do not have to offer T.I.P. awards to be included in the program. The awards will be tabulated for shows held between July 1 and Nov. 30. A ribbon and prize will be given to the champion in each category and a ribbon will be given to the champion in each division. 

“The responses we’ve received from horse shows, Thoroughbred owners, and through our Facebook page have been tremendous,” Dell Hancock, an advisor to the T.I.P. program, said. “We hope this program further enhances Thoroughbred participation at horse shows and encourages more people to retrain Thoroughbreds for second careers.”

Applications for T.I.P. awards at horse shows during the 2014 show season are available online and will be accepted from Aug. 1, through Sept. 30, 2013. T.I.P. sponsorships are available for myriad disciplines, including eventing, dressage, hunters, jumpers and western and English pleasure.

For more information on the T.I.P., click here.