RRP Thoroughbred Makeover
WHAT IS RRP AND THE TB MAKEOVER:
- RRP stands for the Retired Racehorse Project. They are a non-profit who formed about 7 years ago with the goal to increase the demand for off the track thoroughbreds by showcasing their athletic ability and adaptability
- The Thoroughbred Makeover is a competition put on by RRP where off the track thoroughbreds compete in 10 disciplines for prize money at one HUGE SHOW at the Kentucky Horse Park the first week of October. Last year they piloted a new program where teams of “trainers” could train one horse and bring the horse to compete at the Makeover.
WHAT DO TEAM MEMBERS GET OUT OF THIS
- I’m very excited about offering a team for many reasons but mostly because I believe in teaching more than just how to ride a horse. The thoroughbreds that come off the track often need help with nutrition, feet, conditioning, teeth, veterinary care to transition them successfully to other careers. Additionally, the breed tends to get a bad reputation for being “Hot” or “crazy” or “a lot to handle”, but if you know how to help them transition from their previous life of run fast, run hard, then that really isn’t the case.
- This is really great information to learn for people who just have more interest in horses and all things horse other than just learning how to ride. This is a holistic learning experience starting at groundwork all the way to competition.
- Join RRP ($45) can be done before August 1st(but you get the magazine and other benefits as soon as you sign up)
- Be taking regular weekly lessons at Windy Fox Farm (needs to be in effect within the first month of joining team). This ensures that everyone is on the same page training the horse and that we aren’t giving him conflicting information. Lessons will most likely NOT be on the team horse until much further along in his training.
- Pay your portion of monthly team board ($400/month divided among team members- so if we have 6 members then it would be $65/month per member. This is basically my cost per month to feed and house the team horse for the duration of the training period.
- Pay your portion of team registration fee to Team Captain, Bridget. ($300 split among team members)
- Schedule your day or days to work team horse
- Fill out a personal goal setting sheet
- Team will be closed by February 1st!
Interscholastic Equestrian Teams
Since moving the business from Manhattan to the Wichita area, we have not formed new IEA teams, but would certainly love to! Teams typically form over the summer and begin competition in the fall following the school year.
2016's western middle school team and one member of the upper school team qualified to compete at the Zone 7 Finals. The middle schoolers advanced to NATIONALS at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. 2017's western upper school team had one individual qualifier for Nationals!
You know the ribbons and the prizes are great but the friendships and the fun is even better!
Many of our riders chose to ride on both the english and the western teams! We had many new riders who had never competed in either discipline win their first blue ribbons at IEA shows.
IEA is an association dedicated to promoting equestrian sports in middle and high school students (grades 6-12). Participants do not have to own their own horse to be on the team. Windy Fox Farm IS CURRENTLY TRYING OUT RIDERS TO JOIN THE TEAMS FOR THE 2019-20 SEASON.
Riders are judged on their form and technique in their classes, NOT on the horse that they are riding. Riders are also limited to 5 shows per season (August- April). This is an EXTREMELY cost effective way to gain show experience and to be a part of a team! Riders are required to have four lessons per month WITH ANY TRAINER. There are classes for ALL levels of riders from beginners who have never ridden before to the advanced rider with lots of show experience. Coach Pray formed one of the first IEA teams to in Kansas in 2016, and the ONLY western team in Kansas, so traveling riders WILL BE TAKEN INTO SCHEDULING CONSIDERATION! You can learn more about IEA at their website here. If you or your child is interested in hearing more about IEA, send us an email! There will be informational meetings held VERY soon!