|Thursday, September 13, 2018||Contact: Kristin Werner Leshney (859) 224-2720|
|T.I.P. Championship Winners Announced|
The second Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Championship Horse Show was held Sunday, September 9, 2018, in the Rolex Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, coinciding with the New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Show.
On Sunday, 186 Thoroughbreds competed in 27 divisions for English/Western Pleasure, Hunters, Jumpers, Dressage, and Western Dressage. Prize money totaled $25,000 among all divisions.
The winners and reserve champions are as follows:
In addition to the above winners, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) sponsored high-point awards during the T.I.P. Championship Horse Show in four categories for Thoroughbreds adopted from TAA-accredited aftercare organizations. The winners of those awards are:
Pleasure: Onemochance and Sophia Aul (owned by Amanda McRae)
Hunter: Gemini (TJC name Nickelacross) and Michelle Hannan
Jumper: Irbywood and Robert Mendoza (owned by Michael Kvistad)
Dressage: All Names Taken and Bethany Siehr
The New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Show was held Friday, September 7, and Saturday, September 8. All proceeds from the show will support Thoroughbred aftercare. When combining shows, a total of 353 Thoroughbreds competed in 2,200 hunter/jumper trips and dressage tests.
“The New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Show and the T.I.P. Championships are the perfect venues for riders to show off their Thoroughbreds and highlight the huge potential off-track Thoroughbreds have as sport horses,” said Kristin Werner Leshney, senior counsel for The Jockey Club and the administrator of T.I.P. “We are pleased to partner with New Vocations in the endeavor and to know that the proceeds will support Thoroughbred aftercare.”
“Showcasing these horses enables people to see how athletic and versatile they are, especially considering how they braved the rain Saturday night and Sunday morning,” said Sarah Coleman, director of Public & Community Relations, New Vocations. “Our hope is that even more sport-horse enthusiasts will turn to off-track Thoroughbreds as their horse of choice.”
To qualify for the championships, a T.I.P.-eligible Thoroughbred must participate in a show offering T.I.P. high point awards, classes or divisions in the applicable discipline beginning August 1 of the prior year through July 31 of the championships year or participate in the T.I.P. Performance Awards in the applicable discipline. Horses shown at a horse trial or combined test can also qualify for the championships through their show jumping or dressage phase.
The T.I.P. Championships and New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Show will again be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2019, immediately following the USEA American Eventing Championships, where T.I.P. will also recognize the highest placing Thoroughbreds competing in the national championships for eventing.
To be eligible for T.I.P. shows, a Thoroughbred is defined as any horse that has been registered with The Jockey Club or a foreign Thoroughbred stud book recognized by The Jockey Club.
Created and announced by The Jockey Club in October 2011, T.I.P. recognizes and rewards the versatility of the Thoroughbred through sponsorship of Thoroughbred classes and high point awards at sanctioned horse shows, performance awards, and non-competition awards. Additional information about T.I.P. is available at tjctip.com and on the T.I.P. Facebook page at facebook.com/tjctip.
Founded in 1992, New Vocations has grown into the largest racehorse adoption charity in the country. Its mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses has led to the placement of over 6,000 individuals, with nearly 450 retirees served by the program each year. With six facilities in Kentucky, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania, New Vocations serves over 40 racetracks, working directly with owners and trainers in need of equine aftercare options. www.newvocations.org.