"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 was a BIGGER and BETTER year for OTTB’s with 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 consisted of several Thoroughbred Only horse shows in the MidAtlantic region; each show benefitted rescue and rehoming programs in the area. Horses and riders accumulated points throughout the series towards year end awards. We continued our mission in 2014, by adding more shows in more locations. All of the shows were well attended -since we started, we have raised over $40K!!! for aftercare programs throughout the region, thanks to you-- our exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers, and friends-- because of your support, retiring racehorses were the winners~
Click here to watch a video recap of the 2014 season,
put together by our friends at the Equiery.
The 2015 schedule promises to build on the success of the series. We will be adding more new shows with a variety of venues and classes-there is something for everyone! Our calendar should be finalized shortly.
Important! -Click here to read our bylaws
2015 Banquet to be held at the end of the year......
Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series Committee:
Fran Burns, Alliance Coordinator
Georganne Hale, MD Jockey Club
Bev Strauss, MidAtlantic Horse Rescue
Sue Smith, Canter PA
Jennifer Webster, The Equiery
Carrie Everly, MD Jockey Club
Karin DeFrancis, MD Jockey Club
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