Run for the Ribbons Inc. presents
The 2nd Florida Thoroughbred Transformation Expo
at the Florida Horse Park – April 27-29th, 2018

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Summary
Goals and Missions
Horse Eligibility and Registration
Horse Show Fees
Rule Changes
Barrel Racing
Dressage
Working Ranch
Show Jumper
Show Hunter
Cross-Country
Polo
Freestyle
Expo Awards After-Party
Top Jr. and Top Amateur Awards
Award & Prize Money Distribution
Horse Welfare
Judging
Managing staff
Appeals

Summary  

The Florida Thoroughbred Transformation Exposition is presented by the charitable organization Run For The Ribbons Inc. who dedicates themselves to providing off- track Thoroughbreds (OTTB) the foundation needed to ensure a smooth transition into their next career and home.

The 2nd Florida Thoroughbred Transformation Expo will be held on April 27-29, 2018 at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, Florida. It will feature competition in 8 disciplines. Each discipline will have 2 divisions, one Restricted and one Open. The Restricted division will be composed of registered/tattooed off-track Thoroughbreds whose last race or race training workout was on or later than January 1, 2015. The Open division will be composed of any registered/tattooed off-track thoroughbred whose last race or race training workout was prior to January 1, 2015, as well as any unraced Thoroughbred. Expo events will also include a vendor fair/marketplace, educational seminars, and a new Expo Awards After-Party!

 Mission and Goals

Run for the Ribbons Inc. hopes that the FL TB Transformation Expo will increase the demand of Thoroughbreds and encourage people to take on a “project horse”, because we know how versatile, intelligent, and honest a Thoroughbred is. We intend to educate the community on the versatility of the Thoroughbred breed. We also want to encourage the community and the Thoroughbred racing industry to further support our efforts, as well as other charitable organizations in Florida who also dedicate their time and resources to positively impact the lives of these horses.

Run for the Ribbons Inc. realizes that horse racing and Thoroughbred sales are a vital part in Florida’s economy, producing more than 2,000 Thoroughbred foals every year. Our goal is to create an outlet for the horses post racing. We also hope to encourage post-racetrack owners and trainers to pave the road to successful futures for these transformation horses through proper training techniques and strong foundations.

We anticipate over 100 horses, and aspire to have the FL TB Transformation Expo be the biggest and most anticipated OTTB annual event in Florida, proudly showcasing the many talents of Thoroughbreds and increasing their marketability in the Southeast. FL TB Transformation Expo will strive to provide a competitive, educational and fun environment to celebrate the Thoroughbred breeds that we love.

 Horse Eligibility and Registration Information & Deadlines

To be Eligible for the 2018 FL TB transformation Expo all horses must meet requirement #1

1. All Thoroughbreds need to be tattooed and registered with The Jockey Club. (Jockey Club registered horses can be tattooed for $75; contact management for more information)

Restricted Division: for any Thoroughbred whose last race or race training workout was on or later than January 1, 2015. (no restrictions on when re-training for second career began)
Open Division: for any Thoroughbred whose last race or race training workout was prior to January 1, 2015, as well as any unraced Thoroughbred (unraced Thoroughbreds must meet requirement #1 – no exceptions)

 Rider/Trainer Registration forms: Registration is now open! Rider/trainer forms may be submitted before horse registration forms, for those still looking for an eligible horse. Submitting them early will ensure your spot in the Expo in the event that we reach capacity.

Horse Registration forms: due no later than  April 1, 2018

* Both registration forms will need to be on file for every rider/horse combo entering the Transformation Expo.

ALL EXHIBITORS WILL RECEIVE AN OFFICIAL ACCEPTANCE EMAIL.

Those wishing to compete in this event may register online at www.runfortheribbons.org  follow links to FL TB Transformation Expo or mail registration form to Run for the Ribbons Inc.

 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2018 OR EARLIER SHOULD WE REACH EVENT CAPACITY

Run for the Ribbons Inc.
14650 NW Hwy 464B
Morriston, FL 32668

Coggins, EHV-1 and Health Certificate- Competitors should be prepared to show proof of negative Coggins and Interstate Health Certificates (if shipping from out of state) to the staff at the mobile agricultural station upon arrival or any time during the show, as well as at the RRP show office. Horses must also be current (within 1 year) on EHV-1 vaccination.

 Horse Show Fees

  1. Registration/Entry-Fees- Expo Entries are due by April 1, 2018 $150 per horse (this includes $20 office fee) to be paid at time of submitting entry form via PayPal or check if entry was mailed in. EARLY ENTRY DISCOUNTS: by January 1, 2018 $120; February 1 $130; March 1 $140.
  2. Second/Third Discipline Fee- horses can compete in up to three disciplines. With a fee of $40 per discipline.
  3. Stabling/Ship-in Fees- Stabling: April 26th-29th 1 stall flat fee of $150 Shipping in: April 26th– 29th  flat fee of $75
  1. Vendor Fees- $150/ no electric or $250/electric
  2. RV Fees- $30/day & Primitive Camping- $10/day
  3. “Horse for Sale” Back Number- This will show that your horse is for sale in the competition. $5 for a sale back number.

Rule Changes

Run for the Ribbons Inc. may amend these rules at any time. If amendments are made all registered Expo participants will be notified of the changes within seven days.

 Barrel Racing

Horse and rider will be judged on 2 phases.

First phase- all horses and riders to be judged on a flat phase/pattern one at a time in arena with no barrels set in arena. Rider & horse will demonstrate how well the horse turns with ease, stops, backs and changes leads.

Second phase: A timed barrel pattern with a timer, and for any barrel knocked down, 5 seconds will be added to time.

The top 6 contestants will move on to the final round on Sunday

Equipment and Attire

Western saddle and tack is required, with rider in helmet and western attire.

 Dressage

Horse and rider will be judged first on an intro test (walkt/trot); and second on a training level dressage test (walk/trot/canter) in an arena.

The top 6 contestants will move on to the final round on Sunday

Attire and Equipment

USEF rules for dress and equipment will be in effect. No double bridles.

 Working Ranch

Horse and rider will demonstrate the ability to perform basic skills used every day by horses on a working ranch with cattle.

First phase – All horses and riders will complete an individual reining pattern to include a rollback in both directions, slow and fast circles, a stop, a back of at least 10 feet and lead changes. There will be no sliding stop in the pattern. The pattern will be given out to participants prior to event.

Second phase- Horse and rider must perform a 2-3 minute roping demonstration of their choice, props allowed. NO CATTLE WILL BE USED

The top 6 contestants will move on to the final round on Sunday

Attire and Equipment

Western saddle and attire required.

 Show Jumper

Horse and rider will compete in a 2-class competition.

First class: a jumper course. All those going clean in first round will break a tie with a timed jump-off.

Second class: a jumper course, timed first round. Jump heights will be offered at 2’,  2’6”, 3’, 3’6”

The top 6 contestants will move on to the final round on Sunday

Attire and Equipment

Must be in accordance with the USEF Jumper Rules

 Show Hunter

Horse and rider will compete in two over-fence hunter courses as well as a flat phase. Heights will be offered at 2’, 2’6” and 3’. During flat phase horse and rider must walk, trot and canter both ways of the ring.

The top 6 contestants will move on to the final round on Sunday

Attire and Equipment

Must be in accordance with the USEF Hunter Division Rules

 Cross-Country

All horses and riders will compete in 2 phases.

First phase: a working under saddle class at the walk/trot/canter both ways of the ring with all horses and riders  together.

Second phase: Each horse & rider will individually complete a 10-13 obstacle cross-country course, offered at either beginner novice 2’7” or novice 2’11” level. Rider should choose the most appropriate obstacle that demonstrates the best quality and level of their horses’ training. Rider may vary jump levels throughout course to best suit their horse

The top 6 contestants will move on to the final round on Sunday

Attire and Equipment

Must be in accordance with the USEF Rules for Cross- Country

 Polo

Horse and rider will perform in 2 phases.

First in an agility test to include the following maneuvers; two roll-backs (left & right), two tight circles (left & right), a figure –eight with lead changes at canter in both directions, a check and release, two complete stops and step-backs and two turns(left & right, with tightness of turn being judged)

Second a 3-5 minute stick and ball work demonstration to include hitting the ball and following it and the following strokes; near side forehand, off side forehamd, near side backshot and off side backshot.

The top 6 contestants will move on to the final round on Sunday

Attire and Equipment

Attire and equipment must be in accordance with the United States Polo Association rules

Freestyle

Horse and rider may choose to perform in any discipline other than the other 7 offered for up to a 5 minute performance. Performance should show the unique talents of horse and their willingness and responsiveness to given commands. This can be a demonstration or routine showing the trainability, athleticism and/or talent of the horse.

Use of microphone available, as well as speakers to play music.

Contestants may use any material deemed safe and acceptable by show management for their performance.

The top 6 contestants will move on to the final round on Sunday

Attire and Equipment

Attire and equipment must be safe and suitable for the general family crowd.

 Awards & Prize Money Distribution

A minimum of $8,000 in prize money will be awarded at the Expo! This amount could increase depending on the amount of entries and sponsors we receive for the event. So stay tuned!

 $500 per Discipline will be awarded payed out as followed (must have a minimum of 5 entries)

 Champion 1st Place- $300
Reserve Champion 2nd Place- $200

  • Ribbons & Award given to overall Expo Champion & Reserve Champion in each of the 8 disciplines in both the Restricted and Open Divisions. Ribbons given to 3rd-6th places in each discipline and both divisions.
  • Ribbons & Award given to overall Expo Top Amateur and Top Junior rider in each of the 8 disciplines (Overall highest score of Restricted & Open divisions combined results)
  • Ribbons for 1st-6th will be given out for each phase in all 8 disciplines and both of their divisions along with a prize for 1st

Top Jr. and Top Amateur Awards

There will be a Top Amateur and Top Jr award given in each of the 8 disciplines at the awards ceremony. Winner will be determined by highest competition scores – Restricted and Open divisions combined

 Horse Welfare

Horse Protection Policy– When an owner/trainer enters a horse in the Transformation Expo he/she agrees to take responsibility for the horse’s well-being and to sell or place it in a responsible manner. If a horse is withdrawn, whether it is replaced by another horse or not, the owner/trainer will submit an online withdrawal form indicating the status of the horse. If any owner/trainer is found to have knowingly sent a horse entered in the Expo to a kill buyer or to a livestock auction to be sold for under $1,000, the trainer will be removed from the competition and be banned from participation in future Run for the Ribbons events.

Abuse and Neglect– Alleged instances of horse abuse or neglect during the training process or at the Expo will be investigated by Run for the Ribbons management and be grounds for elimination. Evidence of abuse or neglect during the event should be brought directly to the official show staff, or president of Run for the Ribbons Inc. Evidence of abuse or neglect affecting horses entered in the Expo before the event should be brought to Run for the Ribbons management by phone or email at runfortheribbons@gmail.com or 774-328-1760.

Soundness– Judges in all disciplines are authorized to eliminate horses for unsoundness. Lame horses should not compete.

Body Condition– Any horse that arrives at the Expo with a Henneke Body Condition Score of 3.0 or less (out of 9) will not be allowed to compete. Eliminations based on this rule will be made only by the Expo Management Committee in consultation with a veterinarian.

Judging

All disciplines will have one judge whose score will be final. Scoresheets will be made available to competitors after the competition.

Judges may not judge competitors for whom they have served as coach, trainer, employer, or employee during the preceding thirty days. Judges will also not judge members of their immediate family.

Managing Staff

Members of the Run for the Ribbons Inc. Board of Directors, its staff, and contractors are eligible to participate in the Thoroughbred Transformation Exposition as owners/trainers as long as they do not serve in the capacity of judges or stewards. They may also serve as coaches, trainers, employees, or employers of participating Expo owners/trainers..

Appeals

Any competitor may file a written protest at the Show Office alleging violation of rules or unfair treatment. Protests will be reviewed by the responsible parties and submitted to the Event Coordinators who will respond as they deem appropriate.