Applications are now open for the 2020 Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America. Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2020, with accepted trainers announced on February 15, 2020.

The Thoroughbred Makeover features competition in ten disciplines for recently-retired Thoroughbreds in their first year of retraining for a second career after racing. Disciplines include barrel racing, competitive trail, dressage, eventing, field hunters, freestyle, polo, show hunter, show jumper and ranch work. Horses and trainers will compete for more than $125,000 in total prize money at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 7-10, 2020.

With the Thoroughbred’s natural suitability to the sport of polo, polo players and trainers have enjoyed great success at past Thoroughbred Makeovers. In 2017, polo horse Old Tavern, trained by Charlie Caldwell, won the overall title of Thoroughbred Makeover Champion.

The Makeover is open to professionals, amateurs, juniors (ages 12 and older) and teams. Approved trainers may acquire an eligible Thoroughbred through whatever source they choose. For full eligibility and competition rules, please review the 2020 rulebook.

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Buck Schott and Great Reward RRP Polo Division Champion ©Lindsay Dolan web

Buck Schott and Great Reward pictured with the championship blanket. ©Lindsay Dolan

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