Many of us bloggers have Thoroughbreds, be they off the track or not and many more of us are Thoroughbred fans, even if we might not own one ourselves. Throughout the equestrian community at large here in the U.S., I’ve noticed an effort to educate fellow equestrians about the American Thoroughbred and an increase in organizations, programs and nonprofits dedicated to the breed. Specifically, in Hunter/Jumper Land I’ve seen a push over the last few years to bring Thoroughbreds back into the show ring and increase their popularity amongst junior and amateur equestrians. Across the country Thoroughbred-only classes, divisions and even entire shows have cropped up and one program I’m personally really excited about is the Thoroughbred Incentive Program.
About the Thoroughbred Incentive Program
Sponsored by the Jockey Club, the relatively new Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) encourages the retraining of Thoroughbred racehorses for other disciplines after their career at the track is over. This is accomplished through sponsorship for Thoroughbred-only classes and divisions, high-point Thoroughbred awards at open horse shows and TIP Thoroughbred of the Year awards. TIP has recognized divisions and awards for numerous disciplines including Eventing, Dressage, Hunters, Jumpers, English Pleasure, Western and more. In exchange for hosting these classes, shows receive ribbons and prizes to give out from TIP — not a bad deal!
In my area, one local show series has a few Thoroughbred-only divisions (Low Thoroughbred Hunter and Low Thoroughbred Jumper) that are open exclusively to horses with a TIP Registration number. In fact, a barnmate of mine was Year-End Champion in Low Thoroughbred Hunters this year! She got a ton of swag from not only the show series, but from the Thoroughbred Incentive Program as well.
How To Join
If you have a registered Thoroughbred, joining TIP is easy and free. Visit www.tjctip.com, click on “T.I.P. Number” and either login or register for a username and password with the Jockey Club’s Interactive Registration™. Don’t worry, everything is free! Once you log in, click on the “Apply for TIP Number” button and type in your horse’s tattoo, registered name or year of birth with Dam’s name. Click on “search” and then select your horse from the list.
Fill out the second set of information, including the horse’s current show name and owner contact. Submit the form and you’ll be presented with a TIP number right then and there!
Find Participating Shows
If you’re anything like me, you love to win ribbons — the more satin, the merrier! TIP has a searchable calendar of events that will tell you any and all shows with TIP classes and/or awards in your area. In addition to the show series I mentioned before, there’s also a Thoroughbred Charity show I enjoy attending that has a boatload of TIP-sponsored classes and awards! I even learned that our local Dressage association has Thoroughbred-only classes and a few combined training events have Thoroughbred awards too. Basically, Ohio has a ton of chances to win some TIP ribbons and swag. Huzzah!