|Monday, January 25, 2016||Contact: Kristin Werner Leshney (859) 224-2720|
|Thoroughbred Incentive Program Approves 850 Shows for 2016|
The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) announced today that it has approved awards and classes for more than 850 shows in 43 states and Canadian provinces during 2016. A full calendar of events is available on the T.I.P. website at tjctip.com.
Awards are available in a wide variety of disciplines, including eventing, dressage, Western and English pleasure, hunter/jumper, Western performance, games, polo and polocrosse. Awards are also available at some events for Thoroughbreds within their first two years of showing or for Thoroughbreds within two years of their last start.
“In four years, we have offered awards at 1,700 horse shows in 44 states and provinces,” said Kristin Werner Leshney, legal associate for The Jockey Club and coordinator of T.I.P. “To date, owners and riders of second career Thoroughbreds have provided proof of eligibility at those shows more than 17,000 times.”
2016 marks the fifth year The Jockey Club has offered T.I.P. awards. Of the 150 horse shows that offered awards in 2011, more than 100 will be offering awards for a fifth year in 2016.
In addition to awards for shows, T.I.P. has renewed the Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the Young Rider of the Year Award. Applications for these non-competition awards will be available at tjctip.com in April with a deadline of June 30, 2016.
Only Thoroughbreds that have been registered with The Jockey Club or a foreign Thoroughbred stud book recognized by The Jockey Club are eligible to participate in T.I.P. classes and compete for awards. All participating Thoroughbreds should have a T.I.P. number, which can be obtained at tjctip.com.
Created and announced 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.
The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms, among others.