Thoroughbred Trainers Wanted for National Symposium

Photo: Retired Racehorse Training Project

Photo: Retired Racehorse Training Project

It’s your time to shine! You’re gonna be a star, kid, and I’m gonna take you there…

Well, let’s not go that far. I don’t have time to be your agent. But I’m the one that’s telling you about this awesome opportunity.

The Retired Racehorse Training Project, continuing their grand tradition of producing top-of-the-line Thoroughbred education and showcasing projects, are looking for 26 trainers, who will select and train 26 horses and show them off before a massive adoring crowd and a panel of judges at the RRTP Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium on October 5-6 at Pimlico Racecourse.

That was a long sentence, I apologize.

But here’s the thing — this is the chance for your  OTTB project horse to be seen on a national scale. You know you do good work — your horses know you do good work — the happy smiling people who buy your horses know you do good work — but who else knows? This is an amazing opportunity to showcase not just retired racehorses… but your ability to work with them.

I would have done this in a heartbeat just a few years ago. Can you imagine Final Call in this sort of project? In less than six months he went from racing to winning a hunter pace and we could be famous stars at Pimlico.

Maybe not famous stars. But definitely feeling that way.

Anyway, time is limited, and you need to put in your application by May 17th. The application requires a lot of writing, as you’re going to be asked about your experience in competition, training retired racehorses, training racehorses, what sort of facility you’ll be keeping the horse at, etc. etc. etc. There’s also a request for videos.

Once the trainers are approved, they’ll need to find a racehorse to reschool. The horse has to be just that — a racehorse, who has had no other training. So anyone who is thinking of giving this a shot needs to be well-versed not just in training young horses, but in training racehorses. I can’t help but think that someone who has worked with racehorses is going to have an advantage here. Many people work with OTTBs who have had a leetle bit of retraining first. Just a little. That’s not what the RRTP folks are looking for here.

The presentation at the National Symposium in October does involve a panel of judges who will provide feedback and commentary on the horses, but there will be no winners announced. Everyone who appears at the symposium with a horse will receive a check for $1,000.

I can’t tell you how jealous I am of the lucky folks who are going to get to train a horse for this project. But will one of the 26 come from Retired Racehorse readership? Here’s hoping…

Get the full details at the RRTP website and don’t forget to keep me posted.



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2 responses to “Thoroughbred Trainers Wanted for National Symposium

  1. Karen Benson

    I think this is a great challenge. I have trained several horses directly from the track. The real challenge is that when most horses come directly from the track, they need time. I usually give them 30 days to a year, depending on the horse or injury. As we all know, must horses coming directly off the track, have some kind of issue that needs to be dealt with first. Usually rest time is needed. I am wondering how we are supposed to find 26 horses that can go directly into training coming right off the track….. Should be interesting…I am not sure if they thought that one out…

    • Well, it says they can’t have had any training, not that they have to come directly out of race training. There are plenty of Thoroughbreds standing around fields looking for something to do!