The Retired Racehorse Project
October 12th-17th, 2021 at the Kentucky Horse Park
Presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America
During the Retired Racehorse Project, aka the "Thoroughbred Makeover", hundreds of off-track Thoroughbreds, each with 10 months or less of retraining, compete over three days in 10 different disciplines, vying for a share of over $135,000 in prize money. Thousands of spectators watching online and in person. In addition to individual discipline champions, one overall winner will be crowned 'Thoroughbred Makeover Champion'.
The Thoroughbred Makeover is the largest Thoroughbred retraining competition in the world for recently retired ex-racehorses. Accepted trainers (professionals, amateurs, juniors, and teams) are responsible for acquiring and retraining their respective Makeover horses for different divisions, ranging from ranch work to dressage.
Keep an eye out for updates on our horses in training!
Current Makeover projects
Our Paul Thomas, or "Tommy", is a 5 y/o 15.3hh thoroughbred gelding who originated from the same training barn as Vada. He is a 15.3hh, stout guy with a bit of a swayback. He made his way into Ohio after finishing his last race poorly on 11/10/19. Tommy is a bold, but collected, gelding that has settled in quickly and nicely. His adorable jumping style shows promise for eventing or hunter/jumpers. He has been schooling up to 2’9” at home, and has been gaining exposure at hunter/jumper shows, with expectations to enter a combined test or mini trial this season as well as compete at the World Equestrian Center in August.
Look for him at the 2021 'Mega Makeover'!
Previous Makeover projects
Valiant Vixen, or "Vix", was purchased and retrained by Allie Morua in 2018. The pair entered in the eventing and show hunter divisions for the 2018 Makeover, and have since continued moving up the levels together in events.
Hehaz Pazzaz, aka "Sarge", was purchased by Christina in 2017 as a makeover project. The pair were making strides together in jumping and dressage, until discovering that Sarge was suffering from 'Wobbler's Syndrome', a devastating disease that can affect a horse's neurologic and musculoskeletal systems. Christina made the difficult, but right, decision to euthanize him that year.
"Kasa" was Christina's 2016 Makeover project. His knack for jumping made it easy to pursue eventing and show jumpers for the 2016 RRP and continued competing after. Kasa was selected as a demo horse for a Bernie Traurig clinic as well as a free jump clinic while at the Makeover. Christina made the tough decision to sell him in 2019 to continue a career in eventing and is now thriving in Colorado!