Thoroughbred Incentive Program Youth Ambassador of the Month

Meet Lottie Crawford!

Lottie and Ink. Laura Siegle Photography LLC

T.I.P. presents February’s featured Youth Ambassador: Lottie Crawford. Lottie, 9, is from Virginia. Lottie and her Thoroughbred, Get It In Ink, participate in Dressage and Hunters. Lottie is a member of the Virginia Dressage Association Central Chapter and recently spoke in January at their Winter Gala and Awards Banquet as the guest speaker. She spoke about the Thoroughbred Incentive Program and her journey with Ink. To further accomplish her mission as a T.I.P. Youth Ambassador and share her updates this year she started a Facebook Page “Lottie Crawford & Get It In Ink 2018 TIP Youth Ambassador” and an Instagram account @lottie_ink_tipambassador18.

Lottie Crawford (13, Virginia)


  • Registered Jockey Club Name: Get It In Ink
  • Show Name: Get It In Ink
  • Barn Name: Ink

How did you start riding?

I began riding my mom’s horses as a toddler. I got my first pony at five years old and have been showing since I was four.

What is your favorite thing about riding/or your horse?

The feeling of excitement when he understands something new that we have been working on in our training.

What would you like to do when you are older?

Become an equine veterinarian

Tell us your favorite quote and why:

“It’s not our horses’ job to understand our language, it’s our job to understand theirs” – Reiner Klimke; I like this because if you slow down and listen to your horse the relationship is so much stronger.

What do you think the most important aspects of horsemanship are?

To me the most important aspect is confidence. A confident horse and a confident rider. Riding is a team sport with the rider and the horse being teammates. If they are both confident and trust each other they can build a great foundation.

Photo courtesy of Lottie Crawford

More Fun Facts

  • How many pets do you have (and what kind)? Four horses (two Thoroughbreds, one Welsh, one Chincoteague); one bluetick hound; two pit bulls; two cats
  • What is your favorite animal (apart from a horse)? Cat
  • What is your favorite color? Purple
  • What is your favorite food? Macaroni and cheese
  • What is something unique about you? Determination and work ethic of an adult
  • What is one word that your friends would describe you as? Strong

What is one thing you would like to tell people about Thoroughbreds or the Thoroughbred Incentive Program?

That the Thoroughbred is one of the most versatile breeds with the biggest heart. The Thoroughbred Incentive Program is an amazing venue to bring awareness to the breeds ability to have successful careers after the track.

Photo courtesy of Lottie Crawford

The Thoroughbred Incentive Program was created by The Jockey Club to encourage second careers for Thoroughbreds when their racing days are over. The T.I.P. sponsors Thoroughbred-only classes and high point awards as well as Performance Awards, special year-end awards specifically for Thoroughbreds. The T.I.P. also recognizes non-competing Thoroughbreds through its Young Rider program as well as a special award for Thoroughbreds in careers such as therapy horses or other non-profit outlets.

To learn more about the Thoroughbred Incentive Program, please visit the organization’s website.

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