It’s a big bummer for a lot of folks that the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover competition will not happen this year, but it certainly seems like the right call especially after reading the organization’s statement and RRP executive director Jen Roytz’s thoughts. I took the time to read the whole thing and can tell that the decision was not made lightly at all and that the competitors thoughts were taken into account as well, with many reporting via surveys that they did not feel they were able to adequately prepare their Makeover horses with so many shows cancelled up to this point.
The 2021 Makeover sounds extra exciting, however, since it will feature classes specifically for this year’s would-have-been competitors so it will be neat to see different levels of training side by side. We’re also looking forward to Makeover Marketplace still being held in October, albeit in a virtual format, because who doesn’t like a little OTTB eye candy?
National Holiday: National Mojito Day (yes, please!)
U.S. Weekend Action:
Champagne Run at the Park H.T. [Website][Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]
Maryland HT II at Loch Moy Farm: [Website][Entry Status][Ride Times][Live Scores]
Poplar Place HT: [Website][Entry Status][Ride Times][Live Scores]
Genesee Valley Hunt HT: [Website][Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]
War Horse Event Series HT: [Website][Entry Status][Ride Times][Live Scores]
Saturday Video: We knew Doug Payne was a boss in the jumpers, in addition to being a 5-star event rider, but now he taking to the hunter ring as well! Watch this smooth as silk ride aboard Quiberon. Color us impressed.