The inaugural Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Championship Horse Show was held Sunday, September 10, 2017, in the Rolex Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, coinciding with the New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Show.
Gem Twist and rider Tammy Shivers (c) T.I.P
During the championships, 119 Thoroughbreds competed in a total of 12 divisions for English Pleasure, Hunters, and Jumpers, and each division was awarded prize money of $1,000.
The winners of each of the divisions are as follows:
The New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity show took place Friday, September 8, and Saturday, September 9, and all proceeds from the show will support Thoroughbred aftercare.
“This entire show, from Friday through Sunday, highlighted the athleticism and professionalism of off-track Thoroughbreds as show horses,” said Kristin Leshney, senior counsel for The Jockey Club and the administrator of T.I.P. “We hope shows such as this increase the demand for Thoroughbreds and let owners know that they will be rewarded for choosing to ride a Thoroughbred.”
To qualify for the championships, a T.I.P.-eligible Thoroughbred must participate in a show offering T.I.P. high point awards, classes or divisions in the applicable discipline beginning August 1 of the prior year through July 31 of the championships year or participate in the T.I.P. Performance Awards in the applicable discipline. Horses shown at a horse trial or combined test can also qualify for the championships through their show jumping phase.