OTTBs are in the spotlight this week as the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover takes over the Kentucky Horse Park. If you’ve checked out EN’s Quick and Easy Guide to the Thoroughbred Makeover, then you already know that not only is this event a competition, educational opportunity, and all-around showcase of these incredible athletes — it’s also a sale! 120 of the horses competing in the Makeover are available for purchase through their trainers.
With that in mind, this week we’re spotlighting three good lookin’ OTTBs participating in the eventing competition of the Makeover. Many more can be found in this listing. Interested buyers can make contact with the sellers at meet the horses this weekend. We hope you brought your trailer!
This handsome four-year-old may not have really taken to racing, earning $2,157 in 8 starts after which he retired sound with no injuries, but his trainer Sarah Davis says he certainly has an affinity for jumping. This gelding is “as laid back as a baby can get” and has done some jumper shows and schooling horse trials. During cross country schooling he’s shown to be a natural jumper and quite brave.
This gentle giant is described by his trainer as “an extremely kind and quiet gentleman” and he’ll be competing in both the eventing and show jumping competitions at the Makeover under a junior rider. The gelding has been easily schooling up to 2’9″ and is showing promise in the sandbox as well, having earned a mark of 31 in his last Beginner Novice test.
After his short racing career of only 6 starts and $2,397 in earning, U.S. Hardened returned to the farm that he was foaled at to begin his Makeover training. His connections are now looking to find him the perfect home for his second career!
This horse shares a barn name with one of the greats – that’s got to be promising, right? “Reggie” was deemed to be too slow in race training and came off the track with no starts. He has no know issues and doing well barefoot. His trainer says he’s one of her favorite rides of the day and even hacks out quietly bareback and in a halter. Reggie has already competed in a few mini-trials and his trainer attributes his quick progress to his good work ethic, quick learning, and sensibleness.