The Thoroughbreds participating in the Thoroughbred Incentive Program classes will accumulate points throughout the year, and those horses will be eligible for year-end awards.
Progressive Show Jumping Horse Shows will be offering classes next year for horses making a transition into their new careers.
The classes advocate and encourage exhibiting Thoroughbreds in both the show hunter ring and show jumping ring. The horses participating in the classes are defined as those that have been registered with The Jockey Club or a foreign Thoroughbred stud book approved by The Jockey Club and the International Stud Book Committee.
PSJ will require each exhibitor to verify that its horse is eligible to participate in a class that is part of the program on the day of the show, and have a Thoroughbred Incentive Program number card, or provide a completed program request form and one of the following; The Jockey Club Certificate of Foal Registration; the horse's lip tattoo; the horse's 5-cross pedigree and the successful lookup result from the Jockey Club's Tattoo Identification Services or a letter from the Jockey Club verifying the horse's identity.
Interest in promoting classes with a breed that was extremely prominent in the 1970s in both the hunter and jumper rings has increased markedly because of the decrease in breeding overseas and the lack of equine inventory available for sale, said Rick Cram, with Progressive Show Jumping.
However, there is ample inventory of Thoroughbreds at racetracks in North America that are more than capable of changing vocations, and participating in hunter/jumper shows nationwide. But there are challenges associated with retraining horses from off the track and into the show ring, Cram said.
“Thoroughbreds are high strung, and the babies are young, and don't have any mileage,” he said. “The trainers will have to invest three to five years to make the horses marketable in the show ring.”