The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) announced that it has approved awards and classes for nearly 750 shows in 43 states and Canadian provinces during 2015. A full calendar of events is available on the T.I.P. website at tjctip.com.
The show disciplines include eventing, dressage, Western and English pleasure, hunter/jumper, Western performance, games, and even polo and polocrosse.
“This program was created to encourage the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of their careers in racing or breeding, and it is obviously fulfilling that mission because in three years we have offered awards at 1,100 horse shows in 41 states and provinces,” said Kristin Werner Leshney, legal associate for The Jockey Club and coordinator of T.I.P.
In addition to awards for shows, T.I.P. has renewed the Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the Young Rider of the Year Award. Applications for these non-competition awards will be available at tjctip.com in April with a deadline of June 30, 2015.
Only Thoroughbreds that have been registered with The Jockey Club or a foreign Thoroughbred stud book recognized by The Jockey Club are eligible to participate in T.I.P. classes and compete for awards. All participating Thoroughbreds should have a T.I.P. number, which can be obtained at tjctip.com.
Created and announced in October 2011, T.I.P. recognizes and rewards the versatility of the Thoroughbred through sponsorship of Thoroughbred classes and high point awards at sanctioned horse shows, performance awards, and non-competition awards. To date, T.I.P. has received more than 10,000 Thoroughbred entries competing for awards.
The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms, among others.