Run for the Ribbons Inc. is a non-profit program dedicated to improving the lives of OTTB’s (off-track Thoroughbreds) after their racing careers. It was founded in 2014 as a Thoroughbred only show series. In 2015, we expanded our show series to a Thoroughbred retraining /retirement facility and networking program. Our retirement facility is located at Cedar Lock Farm, where our focus is rehabilitation and retraining of Thoroughbreds to ensure successful transitions into their new careers. Our networking program consists of our Trainer/Owner listings. The Trainer/Owner listings will comprise of horses that are available straight from Florida tracks and training centers. The horses in these listings are not owned by the Run for the Ribbons Inc., and prospective buyers will be responsible for contacting the current owners with any inquires about the horse. In order to build this network we have volunteers available in the Ocala area for all Thoroughbred farms, in South Florida at Gulfstream Park and in Tampa at Tampa Bay Downs. All of the current Trainer/Owner listings can be found on our website under the Run for the Ribbons tab and on our Run for the Ribbons Thoroughbred Horse Show Facebook page.
If you are a trainer/owner looking to sell or rehome your Thoroughbred please contact us so we can arrange an appointment to take pictures, videos and get accurate, up to date listing information on your horse.
WE PROVIDE OFF-TACK THOROUGHBREDS WITH THE FOUNDATION NEEDED TO ENSURE A SMOOTH TRANSITION INTO THEIR NEXT CAREER AND HOME. WE RESCUE, REHAB, RETRAIN, PROVIDE EVENTS, AND RE-HOME THESE HORSES. WE SPECIALIZE IN RE-SCHOOLING FROM TRACK TO TRAIL.
Run for the Ribbons Horse Show Series
The Run for the Ribbons Horse Show Series is a two ring Hunter/Jumper horse show series, with Ring 1 being exclusively for all tattooed, registered, and identifiable Thoroughbreds. We have established this exciting new horse show series to create a meaningful competitive environment, raise the demand for Thoroughbreds, and to help owners in expanding second career options for OTTB’s (Off-Track Thoroughbreds).
OUT OF APPRECIATION FOR THE TRAINERS AND RIDERS WHO HAVE SUPPORTED AND PARTICIPATED IN OUR FIRST SUCCESSFUL SHOW YEAR, WE HAVE UNANIMOUSLY DECIDED TO OPEN RING 2 AT OUR SHOWS TO ALL BREEDS. THIS WILL ALLOW THE OTHER STUDENTS OF THE TRAINERS WHO SO LOYALLY ATTEND AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME OUT AND COMPETE, AND RIDERS OF ALL KIND TO SEE WHAT THOROUGHBREDS CAN REALLY DO! RING 1 IS STILL EXCLUSIVELY RESERVED FOR OUR ALL THOROUGHBRED CLASSES, BUT YOU NOW HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE MORE COMPETITION SHOULD YOU CHOOSE!
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SHOW WILL STILL GO TO THE RUN FOR THE RIBBONS THOROUGHBRED RETIREMENT FACILITY, WHERE WE PROVIDE A SAFE HOME, REHAB AND RETRAINING FOR THE HORSES IN OUR PROGRAM. WE HOPE THAT THE OPENING OF RING 2 WILL GENERATE MORE INCOME SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO BRING IN MORE OTTB’S THAT NEED OUR HELP!
WE HOPE YOU WILL ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN IN ON THE FUN!
We have classes ranging from Leadline to 3’3″ hunter/jumper classes. We also have Classics with cash prizes!
YEAR END AWARDS FOR EACH DIVISION – EXHIBITOR/HORSE MUST COMPETE IN AT LEAST 3 SHOWS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR YEAR END AWARDS