RRP Announces Hoedown at Hagyard During Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event

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Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) is presenting the Hoedown at Hagyard at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, in the sport horse covered arena at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. All proceeds will support the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, a $100,000 training competition on the last weekend of October at Kentucky Horse Park featuring over 500 Thoroughbreds beginning second careers in ten riding sports.

The presenting sponsor of the Hoedown at Hagyard is Boehringer-Ingelheim, producer of many essential equine vaccines and pharmaceuticals. The event is also supported by Patterson Veterinary Supply, Bourbon Lane Stable, Triple Crown Nutrition and Accuhorsemat.

Celebrity guests include Rosie Napravnik and Joe Sharp, Phillip and Evie Dutton, Graham and Anita Motion, Chris McCarron, Valerie Ashker, and many Rolex riders to be announced. North American Racing Academy will be coaching the party-goers on Equicizers, and a new sport called Equicizer Racing will match Rolex riders against jockeys and exercise riders.

“Our clients originate from both the racing and the sport horse sides of the horse industry, so Retired Racehorse Project and its Thoroughbred Makeover are very important to us,” said Hagyard partner Stuart Brown, DVM. “This promises to be a wonderful evening with great folks assembled around this incredible event in the Bluegrass.”

“This event is about building community,” said RRP President Steuart Pittman. “We will have Thoroughbred Makeover trainers, Rolex riders, racing industry leaders, backstretch workers, and Thoroughbred farm workers. The common interest is the Thoroughbred horse. Celebrating to live music with barbecue and bourbon on the Hagyard hill overlooking the Kentucky Horse Park at the end of cross-country day is about as good as it gets. See you there.”

The Hoedown at Hagyard will feature live music by celebrated farrier Steve Norman’s Shades of Grass Band with catering by central Kentucky’s award-winning Red State Barbecue, and an open bar sponsored by Bourbon Lane Stable. Tickets are $50 for adults with a $15 discount for Retired Racehorse Project members ($45 annual dues includes free Makeover tickets and quarterly Off-Track Thoroughbred magazine). A sellout crowd of 400 is expected.

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Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) works to facilitate placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in the marketplace and inspiring an army of equestrians to provide the training that secures their futures. RRP offers online directories, educational resources, and publishes Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine. Its popular Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium is scheduled for October 27-30, 2016 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. http://www.retiredracehorseproject.org.