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,
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.