“Prior to attending the Makeover, I had a strong bias against off-the-track thoroughbreds. My opinion was that they were hot headed, broken, hard keepers… the list went on. However, by the time I had watched the Makeover finals, I was hooked.”
Have you always dreamed of applying and experiencing the happiest horse show on earth for yourself? Here are all the details you need to know on the application process for the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover!
“We had all walked very different paths to get to this moment; some of us hadn’t made it to the Horse Park at all. We were here for various little reasons, but our motivation was the same: we were here for the love of the OTTB.”
“While I had been looking forward to showing Jobber’s talents with cattle in the freestyle, I equally had zero expectations for the class as far as placing and scoring went — I simply wanted to show the world that Thoroughbreds could work cows!”
All of the ups and downs, training challenges, blood, sweat and tears came down to today: Kristen Kovatch and Jobber Bill showed today in the ranch work division at the Thoroughbred Makeover. How did it go? Click here for the full recap and video!
“So I don’t want to alarm you, but Jobber’s kind of freaking out in his stall.” Highs, lows, big challenges and great moments — Kristen Kovatch and her Thoroughbred Makeover horse Jobber Bill have truly done it all today.
“I couldn’t resist hugging him right then and there: we had made it, after all, and no matter what happened after that moment, we had accomplished my little bucket-list goal — we were here in Kentucky.”
New for the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover at the Kentucky Horse Park, the Retired Racehorse Project is presenting a free Makeover Master Class on October 7: watch four trainers evaluate off-the-track prospects and demonstrate introductory training.
“It’s not easy to admit, but very few of us are perfect horsemen.” Kristen Kovatch loses sight of her ultimate goal with her OTTB Jobber, but finds her way again thanks to the heart of her willing horse.
The award will be presented at the 2018 Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover & Symposium in October to a professional horseman who responsibly rehomes horses off the track. Nominations are open now!
“If you want to go for a gallop on your Thoroughbred in the morning light instead of working on upward and downward transitions for another session, go for a gallop. Enjoy the ride. There’s more to this horse life than tomorrow’s training goal, after all.”
Kristen Kovatch and her OTTB Jobber Bill, after a winter of alternately struggling in snow or mud, finally surrendered to the weather and headed out for their first field trip together to an indoor facility.
To encourage more OTTB enthusiasts to utilize its amazing user-driven Bloodline Brag resource, the Retired Racehorse Project is putting together a Sire Madness bracket of the most popular Thoroughbred sport horse sires! Find out how you can get involved.
One of the fastest-growing competitions in the country, the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover spotlights the ability of the off-track Thoroughbreds. Horse Nation’s own Kristen Kovatch and Meagan DeLisle are among the accepted trainers!