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Wednesday, August 17, 2016Contact: Kristin Werner Leshney (859) 224-2720
Thoroughbred Incentive Program to hold Championships at Kentucky Horse Park

The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) announced today that it will be holding the inaugural T.I.P. Championships on Sunday, September 10, 2017, in the Rolex Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.

There will be a total of 12 divisions for Hunters, Jumpers, and English Pleasure. Each of the 12 divisions will offer prize money of at least $1,000. The championships will take place as part of the New Vocations Charity Thoroughbred Show, which is being held September 8-9.

In order to qualify for the championships, riders must participate in a show offering T.I.P. awards, classes or divisions in the applicable discipline between September 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017, or participate in the 2016 T.I.P. Performance Awards.  Riders must also submit a Declaration Form, which is available at the shows or at

“Since its inception in 2011, the Thoroughbred Incentive Program has demonstrated the passion of equestrians for retired racehorses,” said Kristin Leshney, senior counsel for The Jockey Club and the administrator of T.I.P. “We are excited to be hosting a championship horse show next year in a world-renowned venue to reward these riders and their horses who have excelled in disciplines beyond racing.”

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.

T.I.P. will be seeking sponsors for all of the divisions. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kristin Leshney at (859)-224-2720 or

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 and on the T.I.P. Facebook page at

Founded in 1992, New Vocations has grown into the largest racehorse adoption program in the country. Its mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds has led to the placement of over 6,000 individuals, with 400 retirees entering the program each year. With facilities in Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania, New Vocations serves over 40 racetracks, working directly with owners and trainers in need of aftercare options.