Wednesday, May 22, 2019

WW: Thoroughbred Awards

This will be the most worded Wordless Wednesday ever, but bear with me. I'll try to keep it as short as possible.

Last year I wrote about the Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Incentive Program's many available awards. If you didn't read it last year, or want a refresher on how to get free things for your Thoroughbred, go do it now!

free things! on top of a check for $125, we also got 2 totey
things (i have about 10k at this point and have started giving them
away) and a stall door bridle/show gear hanger thing.

Dopie finally got his swag bag Monday--the JC is doing great things for OTTBs, but they're in no rush to do them--and obvi even though it was casually blowing at about 30mph I went out to the barn to slap his ribbons on his face.

we had to change directions so they stopped smacking him in the eyeball. 

He ended up as reserve champion for Training level on the east coast, reserve champion for green OTTB (last raced 2017) across all levels for dressage, and 3rd overall across all levels and disciplines for green OTTB.

I keep flip flopping on what my show goals are for the entire year so I'm not quite sure yet what direction we're headed or where we'll be by the time the season wraps up. That means I don't think we'll have this same success again, but you can bet I'll keep super easily recording my show results on the chance that we get more free ribbons.

Seriously, you guys--there's no reason not to participate in this party!

that clunker of a head doesn't make for the best ribbon pics, but at least he's a
pretty color?

I also looked into USDF's All Breeds awards for this year way back in February or March. They'd had a Thoroughbred group listed--the North American Thoroughbred Society or something--but when I went to look again with the thought of signing up for eligibility, it had disappeared. I emailed USDF to ask about it and was told that that group was no longer hosting the award, but they were working on someone new coming in for 2020.

I was relieved to hear this for two reasons: moar awards to try for next year (!!!), and that this group would no longer be in charge of it. I had done some digging, and the woman running the award looked sketchy AF. You could pay an absolute shit-ton of money to her "group" to be eligible and you got nothing in return but the medal that USDF ponies up for. I understand that the groups aren't required to send out anything extra, but for something like $125 to the NATBS (or whatever the fuck it was) on top of the USDF fees, I want to see something from that.

Then I explored some more, and now you can give her $75 to qualify for "year end awards" to have your name listed on her website. The categories? Exactly the same as TJCTIP. The prizes? Um, having your name listed on her website?

So that's going to be a no from me.

"hai, i'm just here for the candies."

I know a bunch of other bloggers got awards from the JC as well, so I hope you guys share your results soon, too!

12 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the satin!! Opie looks so proud, ahha.

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    1. He was mostly confused by the ribbons blinding him lol

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  2. How can I masquerade my warmblood to get such awards!! BLAST

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    1. Sharpie a tattoo on his face and tell them his JC name is Dante Elefante!

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  3. Congratulations! I think he looks handsome with his ribbons

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  4. Whoooo! That is awesome! I love the fact you can get breed awards with the TIP program! My pic of his face with the blowing ribbons made my day hahaha.

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    1. They do such a good job with programs for off the track horses!

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  5. Congratulations to team Opie! Clearly he deserves more cookies.

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    1. He feels like all that money he won should have gone to bulk peppermints instead of new fly gear.

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  6. Awesome!!! I entered Hero a few years ago, but being a low level jumper in Florida there are a ton of TB's entering that division.

    Congrats on the awards!

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    1. I bet all those hunter divisions are crazy tough. TBs are really starting to rock it out there!

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