"I am still under the impression there is nothing alive quite so beautiful
as a thoroughbred horse."
These horses have been described as “majestic and athletic” and they are known to run FAST. For some of these animals now is the time for “new beginnings."
It is time for them to transition away from racing to start exciting new careers in the show ring. They are known as Thoroughbreds or OTTB’s (Off Track Thoroughbreds) and we welcome them to the Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series, an exciting new year of Thoroughbred Only Horse Shows in the MidAtlantic region.
In 2012, Maryland hosted 3 inaugural Thoroughbred Only Horse Shows. All three were wildly successful! The first show, held at the Bel Air Equestrian Center in June, was hosted by MidAtlantic Horse Rescue in Chesapeake City, Md., a 501(c)3 charity. The second was the amazing Totally Thoroughbred Show sponsored by the Maryland Jockey Club held in July in the infield at Pimlico Race Course. This horse show attracted over 300 thoroughbreds! The third TB show, Furlongs to Fences, was held at and hosted by Fair Hill in October.
2013 is going to be a BIGGER and BETTER year for OTTB’s as we announce the premiere of the Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series. In order to build on the success of 2012, a group of OTTB advocates came together and formed this alliance. The show series consists of several Thoroughbred Only horse shows in the MidAtlantic region; each show benefits rescue and rehoming programs in the area. Horses and riders accumulate points throughout the series towards year end awards. Registration for the series is FREE!
Laurel Park will proudly host an end of the year banquet for all winners and competitors in January 2014. It will be a fun day of prizes and racing!!
Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series Committee:
Fran Burns, Alliance Coordinator
Georganne Hale, MD Jockey Club
Bev Strauss, MidAtlantic Horse Rescue
Sue Smith, Canter PA
Becky Foster, The Maryland Horse and Pony Show
Krista Penny Hodgkin, TB Celebration Shows
Penny Woolley, Fair Hill Thoroughbred Show
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