The Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show Series: From Racehorse to Showhorse

Celebrating the athleticism, versatility and spirit of retired racing Thoroughbreds.

Golden-moment1Event Dates (series of three): April 20-21, 2013; July TBD, 2013; October TBD, 2013; Year-End Championships, November 2013
Event location: Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, San Juan Capistrano, CA

Arcadia (October 9, 2012)– Presenting The Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show Series, sponsored by the Siegel CARMA Foundation. This will be-a three-show series seeking to promote the Thoroughbred breed and the aftercare organizations instrumental in transitioning these horses from the track and into new careers. An equally important goal is the education of the community as to the versatility and suitability of the Thoroughbred as both a pleasure riding companion and talented sport horse.

The shows are open to tattooed or papered Thoroughbreds. Horse’s eligibility and identity will be confirmed one of three ways: Proof of Jockey Club Papers, Tattoo Identification or documentation from breeder confirming Thoroughbred breeding and name. Tattoos will be checked to confirm eligibility and identity. Classes will have two separate divisions for amateurs and professionals and are being planned to allow for all levels of participants—competitive enough for top trainers and accessible enough for the pleasure riding Thoroughbred enthusiast.

Classes are still being finalized but will include: Hunters, Jumpers, Equitation, Dressage, Combined Training, Conformation, In Hand, and Western Pleasure. Judging will be of the highest caliber and there will be a point system in place with year-end high-point awards to the champions in each division. Prize money will be awarded as follows: $1,500 Hunter Derby; $1,500 Jumper Stakes and $1,500 Dressage Challenge. Year End Championships will be held.

When retraining Off-Track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs), it is critical to be able to take them to shows and gain experience, exposure and confidence for both horse and rider. This series offers a forum that is supportive to Thoroughbreds as well as cost-effective for their owners as a pathway to transition to the “A” Rated circuit.

There has been a recent resurgence in the popularity of OTTBs in the show ring. Up until it became trendy to import/breed warmbloods from Europe, show rings were filled with OTTBs and there is a strong, growing base of people that are passionate about the Thoroughbred’s talent, athleticism and spirit.

Horses will be permitted to move in to the show facility the Friday prior to the show. Friday will be a schooling day. We will also offer competitors the opportunity to compete in a variety of clinics: horsemanship/groundwork, dressage, hunters/equitation, jumpers. The clinics will be made available to participants for a fee.

Flying-dynamic-duo1Various levels of sponsorship opportunities exist. Space is also available for vendors to participate and promote their products and organizations. The show will commence with a cocktail party and opening night festivities for exhibitors and sponsors. .

Proceeds go towards supporting aftercare organizations in California.
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MEDIA CONTACT: Nicole Schwartz, Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show,, (818) 456-9184

About California Retirement Management Account (CARMA)

CARMA is a charitable 501 (c)(3) organization formed to assist Thoroughbred rehabilitation and retirement organizations that care for and retrain horses who raced in California and whose racing careers have ended. CARMA ensures the racehorses have retirement options by managing and disbursing funds to qualified charities. Since its inception in 2008, CARMA has granted more than $1.08 million, and more than 80 percent of the funds raised are used in the day-to-day care of these horses.

About The Siegel CARMA Foundation

The Siegel CARMA Foundation was created in 2009 thanks to a major gift by Mace Siegel, an owner, breeder and recognized leader in Thoroughbred racing. Breeding and racing under the stable name Jay Em Ess Stable, with his wife Jan and daughter Samantha, Siegel was known for his dedication to the sport and his commitment to charitable causes both in and out of racing. Samantha Siegel is a member of the CARMA Board of Directors and is the Secretary of the organization.

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