Going into the #TBMakeover, I felt a bit like a fish out of water, as this was not only my very first vendor event, but also my very first horse show. Everything I’d heard about this event was positive, but I was still skeptical. It all seemed too good to be true.
Well folks, I’m happy to report that it IS true.
Thoroughbreds are arguably the most versatile horse breed. This week, I watched in awe as hundreds of them competed in Barrel Racing, Competitive Trail, Dressage, Western Dressage, Western Pleasure, Western Halter, Eventing, Field Hunter, Polo, Ranch Work, Show Hunter, Show Jumper, and Freestyle. After only 10 months (or in many cases, less) of retraining post-track! From Breeder’s Cup horses to Stallions and even a 14.1hh OTTB pony, there was no shortage of versatility present.
THANK YOU to all of the fellow vendors, competitors, spectators, Retired Racehorse Project staff, volunteers, and adoption centers who took time to listen to my pitch on why racehorses make the best therapy horses.
This event is SO much more than JUST a “horse show”; it’s an opportunity for OTTB fans to swap stories and network with other like-minded individuals. We may all be traveling from different corners of the continent, but we’re all working towards the same goal: increased resources in the Thoroughbred Aftercare industry. Whether that be as a competitive or therapy horse…
Until next year, KHP!