The Retired Racehorse Project

Presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America

October 7-10, Kentucky Horse Park

During the Retired Racehorse Project, aka the "Thoroughbred Makeover", hundreds of off-track Thoroughbreds, each with 10 months or less of retraining. Three days of competition in 10 different disciplines, vying for a share of over $135,000 in prize money. Thousands of spectators watching online and in person. And at the end, one overall winner, 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. These horses have gone on to

This year, Christina is entered as an individual competitor in addition to competing with the Sharkey Equestrian team.

Keep an eye out for updates on our horses and 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 2’6” at home, and has been gaining exposure at hunter/jumper shows, with expectations to enter a combined test or mini trial in the coming months. 


Look for him at the 2020 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!

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