Run for the Ribbons Inc. presents
The Florida Thoroughbred Transformation Expo
at the Florida Horse Park – March 24-26th 2017

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Summary
Goals and Missions
Horse Eligibility and Registration *extended eligibility date
Horse Show Fees
Rule Changes
Barrel Racing
Dressage
Working Ranch/Racetrack Pony Horse
Show Jumper
Show Hunter
Cross-Country
Polo
Freestyle
A Celebration of Thoroughbreds: Heart of a   Thoroughbred Variety Show
Top Jr. and Top Amateur Awards
Prize Money Distribution
Horse Welfare
Judging
Stewards
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 Florida Thoroughbred Transformation Expo will be held on March 24-26, 2017 at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, Florida. It will feature competition in 8 disciplines composed of off-track Thoroughbreds within two years of their racing or race training retirement as well as A Celebration of Thoroughbreds, a variety show of seasoned OTTB’s! Expo events will also include a vendor fair/marketplace, educational seminars, and award ceremonies.

 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 2017 FL TB transformation Expo all horses must meet all two requirements

  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)
  2. Thoroughbreds must have last raced or have a published work since March 1, 2013. (no restrictions on when re-training for second career began)

*Exception*      3 YEAR OLD UNRACED THOROUGHBREDS ONLY!!!! Eligible if determined by show management. Conditions: Registered Thoroughbred foals of 2014 may be eligible; must be approved by show management. Management will need to contact Breeder to acquire proof that foal was bred for Thoroughbred racing purposes to deem eligibility.

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: deadline to be announced

* 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.cedarlockfarm.com , follow links to FL TB Transformation Expo or mail registration form to Run for the Ribbons Inc.

 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 5th OR OPEN UNTIL 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 6 months) on EHV-1 vaccination.

 Horse Show Fees

  1. Registration/Entry-Fees- Entry fee per horse is $120, to be paid at time of submitting entry form via PayPal or check if entry was mailed in. EARLY ENTRY DISCOUNTS: by January 29 $100; February 12 $110; March 5 $120
  2. Second Discipline Fee- horses can compete in up to three disciplines. With a fee of $40 per discipline.
  3. Stabling/Ship-in Fees- March 22th-26th 1 stall will cost $175. March 23rd-26th 1 stall will cost $140

Shipping in: for the horses that are not stabling on the grounds will be charged by the Florida Horse Park a flat fee of $20/day

  1. Vendor Fees- to be determined for the March 24th -26th
  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. You may also list your horse in our event sale online & paper catalog for $100 (paper catalog will be available at Expo)

Rule Changes

Run for the Ribbons Inc. may amend these rules at any time. If amendments are made all 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 together in area 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 to compete for the prize money.

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 (walk/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 to compete for the prize money.

Attire and Equipment

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

 Working Ranch/Racetrack Pony Horse

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

First phase – All horses and riders will complete an individual reining pattern to include a single spin in each direction, 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 choose to either complete – a roping demonstration or a lead pony demonstration; whichever demonstrates the best quality and level of their horses’ training. NO CATTLE WILL BE USED

The top 6 contestants will move on to the final round to compete for the prize money.

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 to compete for the prize money.

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 to compete for the prize money.

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 to compete for the prize money.

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 to compete for the prize money.

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 an 8 minutes performance.

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 to compete for the prize money.

Attire and Equipment

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

 A Celebration of Thoroughbreds: Heart of a Thoroughbred Variety Show

 A Celebration of Thoroughbreds: Heart of a Thoroughbred Variety Show will be an exclusive performance of a diverse group of seasoned OTTB’s.

 Eligibility

  • Horse must be registered with the Jockey Club and tattooed, and have at least 1 race start
  • Most recent race must be PRIOR to March 1, 2013

 Acceptance Criteria
We are looking for a diverse group of seasoned OTTB’s with unique talents to show spectators and fans the unlimited capabilities of these horses in their post racing careers. We look forward to ending the Expo with this event to truly admire and appreciate the beauty of the Thoroughbreds and to show everyone how patience, passion, and teamwork can turn into a lifelong friendship.

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.

 Prize Money Distribution

A minimum of $36,000 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!

 $4500 per Discipline will be awarded payed out as followed:

Champion 1st Place- $1000

Reserve Champion 2nd Place- $800

3rd Place- $650

4th Place- $550

5th Place- $450

6th Place- $350

Top Amateur in discipline- $350

Top Junior in discipline- $350

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.

Stewards

All 8 disciplines will have a steward observing the competition and reporting rule violations. A Chief Steward will supervise the stewards and serve as the final arbiter in cases of protest.

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 Chief Steward with input from relevant parties. The Chief Steward will respond as (s)he deems appropriate.