A Marketplace and National Symposium
A weekend gathering of the farms, organizations and individuals who train and transition Thoroughbred racehorses for second careers.
Friday Afternoon Caucuses
1:00 - Nonprofit Placement Organizations Convened by Thoroughbred Charities of America to cover organizational best practices, funding opportunities, and networking
2:30 - Farms That Train and Sell For Second Careers Networking and advice on acquiring, training, marketing, and selling Thoroughbreds off the track
4:00 - Thoroughbred Shows and Competitions Convened by Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentives Program to gather ideas and share success stories
Saturday Morning Seminars
9:00 - The First 100 Days A vet, a nutritionist, and a farm manager will review the challenges of the transition from racing to farm life.
10:30 - Maryland Racing: Where Horses Come First A review of efforts in Maryland racing to prevent injury, regulate medication, and increase the rate of sound retirement.
1:00 – 4:00 -TCA Thoroughbred Marketplace and Demos On-track presentations with expert commentary on horses for sale or adoption, plus special demonstrations by experience horses in multiple disciplines.
4:00 - Special Reception Gathering in Sponsor Fair to hear from some superstars you thought you’d never get to meet.
Sunday Morning Seminars
9:00 – Open Form On future efforts to increase demand for Thoroughbred ex-racehorses and build bridges to second careers..
10:30 – Trainers Forum Three trainers from three sports share their methods and answer your questions.
1:00 – 4:00 America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred Contest and Demos Follow them online, vote for your favorite, and watch the celebrity judges interact with superstars in brand new careers trained by Phillip Dutton (eventing), Jazz Napravnik (steeplechase), Nuno Santos (dressage), Dale Simanton (ranch work), Hannah Gilhool (Pony Club), the Bianchis (Polo), Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue’s Bev Strauss (hunters), New Vocations with Armand Leone (jumpers), Patrick King (barrel racing and western dressage), and Christy Clagett (foxhunting). Also more demos from more Thoroughbreds in more careers.
Sponsor Fair includes manufacturers, retailers, funders, and organizations working to promote Thoroughbreds in second careers. It also has food, beer, and wine!
TCA Thoroughbred Marketplace open all weekend. Dozens of Thoroughbreds stabled in the infield, catalogued online, inspected by veterinarians, and ready to fulfill your dreams. Check them out!
When & Where
Retired Racehorse Project
Retired Racehorse Project works to facilitate placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in the marketplace and inspiring an army of equestrians to provide the training that secures their futures. RRP programs include educational resources, programs at major horse expos, the Bloodline Brag, the Retired Racehorse Resource Directory, and current listings of some 200 horses available for sale or adoption. RRP’s Thoroughbred Makeover at the Kentucky Horse Park on October 23-25 features 300 horses being trained for up to nine months in ten disciplines competing for a projected $100,000 in cash and prizes.