The Open Jumper Stake Champion Polish Smarts, shown by Nick Larkin and Reserve Champion Indian Charlie, Irbywood, shown by Robert Mendoza


The New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park completed its first day of competition Friday evening, with nearly 350 contestants from across North America competing in hunter, jumper, pleasure and dressage disciplines. All proceeds from the event sponsored by The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.), go directly to support New Vocations efforts to rehab, retrain and rehome retired racehorses.

Hosted at one of the most iconic equine venues in the nation, the Walnut Ring offered classes specific to Thoroughbreds learning how to jump, with fence heights from crossrails to 2-foot 3-inch jumps. The Murphy Ring boasted classes tailored to both horse and riders just beginning their show-ring career. Dressage competition filled both the Claiborne and Stonelea rings, and the Rolex Stadium was full of both hunter and jumper competition, with the highlights of the evening being the War Horse In-Hand awards presentation and the $6,000 Jumper Stakes.

Before the evening events began, all exhibitors with their Thoroughbreds were welcomed into the Rolex Stadium to be recognized for playing such an important role in showing the world just how much racehorses have left to give once they retire from the track.  Several specialty awards were given honoring the Oldest Thoroughbred, Globes Guy, who was still competing at the ripe age of 27 and the Youngest Thoroughbred was awarded to three-year-old, Colonel Carter.  The Most Recently Raced Thoroughbred went to Forbidden Kitten, who last raced on May 26, 2018 and the Most Earnings went to G1 winner, Grand Arch, with over 1.8 million in earnings. The Most Starts went to War Horse, Island Sunset, who raced 99 times before retiring in January of this year.  The Highest Price at Auction went to, Irbywood, who sold for $625,000 at Keeneland as a two-year-old.

The winner of the War Horse In-Hand class was Crushing owned by Georgia Keogh from Lexington, Ky. Crushing qualified for the War Horse class with over $222,000 in earnings in 25 starts.  Sponsored by Phil and Anne Creek of 100% Racing, the Broad N’ Gentilly War Horse classes are only open to horses that have won over $100,000 or that raced more than 50 times.

Money Makes Money, shown by Karen Benson

Next up was the Homewrecker Racing $1,500 Junior/Amateur Jumper Stake and the $1,500 Open Jumper Stake. Riders vied for the prize money and one-of-a-kind prizes, with the Champion of the Junior/Amateur stake going to, Money Makes Money, shown by Karen Benson of Campobello, SC. The KY bred gelding raced at both Philadelphia Park and Gulfstream Park with a total of 8 starts and $17,000 in earnings. Reserve Champion went to CA bred Lady Liz, shown by Geri Messinger of Hillsborough, NC.

The Open Jumper Stake Champion went to the unraced KY bred gelding, Polish Smarts, shown by Nick Larkin of Lexington, KY.  Reserve Champion went to KY bred son of Indian Charlie, Irbywood, shown by Robert Mendoza of Jamestown, IN

Competition will resume on Saturday, Sept. 8, with jumper, equitation, dressage, western dressage, pleasure and western pleasure competition. The all-Thoroughbred horse show will conclude competition with The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program Championships, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9.



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