Exciting news for ex-racehorse owners and trainers! The 2014 Sport of Kings Challenge with $6500 in prize money will be held June 21-22 at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, OK. All ex-racehorses: Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Paint, and Appaloosa are welcome to compete in the show which includes barrel racing, dressage, western dressage, hunters and jumpers.
Thoroughbred Athletes, Inc., the sponsor of the Sport of Kings Challenge is a 501 c-3 nonprofit organization located in Guthrie, Oklahoma dedicated to the rehabilitation, retraining, and rehoming of off-track Thoroughbreds while giving young people a chance to develop new skills. Their mission began in an effort to help retired racehorses find new careers and prevent them from situations that may lead to neglect, starvation, or slaughter.
The goal of Thoroughbred Athletes, Inc is to teach retired racehorses a new skill set that will afford them a second career beyond racing. Because of their athleticism, Thoroughbred horses excel at a variety of sport-horse disciplines including dressage, hunter, jumper, combined training, polo, fox hunting and pleasure riding. Many former Thoroughbred racehorses have successfully competed at the Olympic level in dressage, jumping and combined training. Some Thoroughbreds are found on police forces and in crowd control while many Thoroughbreds serve as family horses. At Thoroughbred Athletes, Inc. we help these noble animals into that second career beyond the racetrack.
The prestigious judges for the show are: Steuart Pittman is the founder of the “Retired Racehorse Training Project” and has launched many Thoroughbreds into second careers as event horses, jumpers, hunters, and pleasure horses. He operates a large training facility in Maryland.
Maggi Moss is a multiple stakes-winning owner who has consistently ranked among the national top ten winning owners ranked by total purse earnings as well as by number of wins since 2005. She is a Des Moines, IA attorney and is deeply involved with racehorse retirement causes. She served on the board of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation from 2007 to 2009. Ms. Moss has extensive horse show experience that began with pony club activities when she was a young girl. She has served as a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) licensed judge.
Robin Hessel is a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Bronze and Silver Medalist. She is a dressage trainer and instructor at Valley View Equestrian Center in Stillwater, OK where she works with all breeds of horses. She graduated with distinction from the USDF “L” Judging program.
There will also be an Eventing Clinic with Steuart Pittman. Steuart owns and operates Dodon Farm where he trains horses and riders for three day eventing, dressage and jumping. He stands Salute The Truth, the only retired Thoroughbred racehorse stallion in America to have evented at the advanced level. Steuart is a popular instructor and clinician both locally and nationally. He is also president of the Maryland Horse Council and has been actively involved in efforts to revitalize Maryland Thoroughbred racing. There will be a Charity Dinner and Silent Auction benefiting Thoroughbred Athletes Saturday June 21 at Remington Park.
For more information about Thoroughbred Athletes and the Sport of Kings Challenge go to: http://www.thoroughbred-athletes.com