Gulfstream Thoroughbred Challenge Begins Sept. 15-16 at Plantation Equestrian Center
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – The Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred Aftercare Program and Heritage Horse Show will sponsor a season-long challenge for retired Thoroughbreds beginning Sept. 15-16 at Plantation Equestrian Center.
Thoroughbreds will be able to compete in any classes in which the horse or rider is eligible at all Heritage Shows. The rider/owner will select any two classes for their points to count toward The Gulfstream Thoroughbred Challenge. Points earned will be recorded and totaled for year-end prizes and awards.
Selected shows throughout the season will offer Thoroughbred only classes where competitors can earn double points. The first of these shows will be held December 8-9 when classes will be held at all levels for thoroughbred hunters and jumpers.
There is a onetime $25 registration fee to participate in The Gulfstream Thoroughbred Challenge and a $5 entry fee for each show. All proceeds benefit The Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred Aftercare Program
"This is just one of the many ways we can showcase our retired Thoroughbreds and let the public see the wonderful things our equine athletes can do once they leave the racetrack," said Gulfstream Park President and GM Tim Ritvo. "Gulfstream and its Chairman, Mr. Frank Stronach, will continue to support aftercare programs. We are confident this is the first of many shows and challenges featuring Thoroughbreds in South Florida."
For more information contact Heritage Horse Shows at Heritagehorsesho@aol.com or call Butch Medlin at 954.347.1799.
The Gulfstream Park Aftercare Program was founded in 2011 by Mr. Frank Stronach to ensure retired Thoroughbreds are matched with loving owners who will make a lifelong commitment to their health, safety and well being. Working with several retirement organizations, including the Florida Thoroughbred Retirement & Adoptive Care Program (TRAC), The Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred Aftercare Program insures retired Thoroughbreds are properly evaluated once they leave the track. Mr. Stronach, Chairman of The Stronach Group, parent company of Gulfstream Park, and his family have been industry leaders in the retraining and rehabilitation of Thoroughbred race horses and an advocate and supporter of several retirement programs throughout North America.