Two Nevada Trainers to Compete in 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover

Lexington, Kentucky – A total of 673 trainers will compete in the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover, scheduled for October 2-5 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. This is the second-highest number of accepted applicants in the event’s history. The list of approved trainers includes two from Nevada: Jennifer Osborne of Las Vegas and Kelli Peavey of Elko.

The Thoroughbred Makeover is a training competition open to professionals, juniors, and amateurs to compete side-by-side. Ten disciplines of competition are offered, including barrels, competitive trail, dressage, eventing, field hunters, polo, ranch work, show hunters, show jumpers, and freestyle (a free-form division to demonstrate skills of the trainer’s choice). Jennifer Osborne will compete as an amateur with eventing as her primary discipline. Kelli Peavey will compete as an amateur with ranch work as her primary discipline.

The application process for the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover required trainers to demonstrate their skills and expertise through competition results, videos, and references. New changes for 2019 also required a letter from a vet stating that the applicant had the necessary skills and knowledge to appropriately care for a horse transitioning off the track. The Retired Racehorse Project’s selection committee took into consideration each candidate’s ability to effectively retrain an off-track Thoroughbred and commitment to the RRP’s mission — promoting off-track Thoroughbreds for second careers.

The Makeover has historically attracted a broad cross-section of the horse industry, represented by juniors, amateurs, and professionals — and with the incorporation of team competition as a trainer status, show barns, intercollegiate and interscholastic teams can participate as well. The great equalizer at the Makeover are the horses: eligible Thoroughbreds competing in 2019 will all come from similar backgrounds. They’ll have had a maximum of 10 months of retraining for a second career and will have raced within the past two years.

The full list of accepted trainers for the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover can be found at www.tbmakeover.org/2019-entries. For information on the competition, visit https://www.tbmakeover.org/.

The Thoroughbred Makeover is the flagship event for RRP, a 501(c)3 non-profit committed to increasing the demand for and value of Thoroughbreds in their careers after racing. For more information or to join, go to www.retiredracehorseproject.org.

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