Thoroughbred Horse Show Association Launched

This week, I received an interesting news release that I would like to share with you regarding a brand new organization called the Thoroughbred Horse Show Association. I have also included information about three upcoming retired Thoroughbred charity events, so be sure to check them out!

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A group of Central Kentuckians interested in creating opportunities to showcase the talent and competitive spirit of Thoroughbreds off the racetrack has created the Thoroughbred Horse Show Association. The association is working to develop shows exclusively for Thoroughbreds to give them valuable show experience while helping rescue organizations place Thoroughbreds in new homes. THSA members will be able to follow these horses in the shows because the horses must be entered using their registered names with The Jockey Club.

“Adopting Thoroughbreds after they race is a significant issue and will become even more important if race-day medication is ended and additional racehorses need to find second careers,” said THSA founder Jan Roehl of Lexington in a statement. “Our logo of a horse jumping out of a paddock symbolizes these horses are not ready to retire.”

Shows are geared for Thoroughbreds just starting their show careers with entry-level divisions in multiple disciplines, including dressage, combined training, hunter/jumper, suitability for hunting and competitive trail riding. THSA already has scheduled shows in 2012 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington for Oct. 6-7 and April 14-15 and is working with rescue organizations and others to hold additional shows next year.

“Thoroughbreds off the track make very talented show horses, but they first need experience to develop their abilities and be seen by trainers who can take them to the next level,” said Roehl, who has spent much of her life working with Thoroughbreds in the show ring and on the racetrack.

Because Thoroughbreds that compete in THSA or affiliated shows must be entered using their registered name with The Jockey Club, THSA members will be able to follow the second careers of horses they admired at the racetrack with e-mail notifications.

“This is a great feature of THSA membership,” Roehl said. “Many of us would like to keep up with horses after their racing careers end and they become show horses. More often than not, Thoroughbreds off the track don't show under their registered names, so there hasn't been an easy way to follow them.”

THSA founder Jan Roehl

Roehl said THSA is a membership-driven community designed to connect Thoroughbred owners to a large group of like-minded people who care about the future of these horses. The association's annual membership of $300 will finance shows and promote Thoroughbred adoption. THSA has launched a website at where people may learn more and join the association.

Joining Roehl in THSA is John “Pray” Prather, a veteran event coordinator and manager. Prather is a board member for Equestrian Events Inc., the governing body of the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, and is on the board of Blue Grass Farms Charities. He was the main stadium manager at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Upcoming events:

  • Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY has partnered with the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and Lexington’s Nick Ryan’s Saloon to proudly present “Hall of Fame Day at Old Friends” on Monday, Oct. 17.
    The event will kick off at 3pm at Old Friends, 1841 Paynes Depot Road in Georgetown, with an observance for the three great Thoroughbred Champions who have been laid to rest at the farm’s official Hall of Fame Cemetery: Skip Away, Noor, and Precisionist.
    The afternoon will be highlighted by tours of the farm and visits with many of the stars of the turf now retired at Old Friends.
    Hall of Fame Day continues with an evening soiree (6 p.m.) at Nick Ryan’s Saloon, located at 157 West Jefferson Street in Lexington.
    Tickets to Nick Ryan’s are $50 and include a BBQ buffet, drinks, live music, and many special guests; reservations can be made by calling (502) 863-1775.


  • The ninth annual “ReRun Fall for Horses” festival and Thoroughbred horse show will take place Oct. 23 at Horse Park of New Jersey from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


The event will feature the following:
• $1,000 Stakes Class sponsored by: A. Condurso & P. DiCosmo
• Thoroughbreds competing in more than 36 classes
• Meet/greet a ReRun resident
• Equine products
• Tasty eats and treats
• Boutique shops
• Arts /crafts/ jewelry/books
• Pumpkin carving
• Cider stand
• Free kids crafts and tattoo’s
• Raffles and Prizes
• Pet supplies and K-9 Adoptions

For more information about this event contact:

General questions--Laurie Lane 732-521-1370

Dressage—Suzanne Deforne 732—586-7677

Sponsorship & vendor--Tatiana Verenicin-Chan 609-977-3409

Find ReRun on the web at


  • Also taking place on Sunday, Oct. 23 will be After the Finish Line’s sixth annual “Race for the Rescues”( The road race and fun walk event will be held at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The organization’s goal is to raise $15,000 to help support Thoroughbred horses that are no longer able to race or breed.

To make a tax-deductible donation to sponsor After the Finish Line president/founder Dawen Mellen online:
1. Go to
2. Click on Sponsor Participant
3. Type in DAWN MELLEN and hit search.
4. Click on DAWN MELLEN when it comes up. The rest is self-explanatory.

To make a tax-deductible donation to Mellen’s race use your Paypal account or mail your donation to:
After the Finish Line
10153 Riverside Drive, Ste. 397
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
How to join Mellen’s team, AFTER THE FINISH LINE:
1. Go to
2. Click on Register Here
3. Click I Agree
4. Click Join A Team then go to the box near the bottom that says “join an existing Team” scroll until the name AFTER THE FINISH LINE comes up and click on it. The rest is self-explanatory.

For additional information visit, visit, and View some of the once forgotten horses that were saved, rehabilitated, and are being cared for until they are adopted. 


Leave a Comment:


The TBSA is going to be a fantastic show series where all OTTBs' will be on the same level playing field with other horses competing. No longer will a TB have to face a fancy warmblood, or giant draft cross. They will be able to exhibit what disaplines they are truely suited for and have talent for.

I cannot wait to show.

06 Oct 2011 1:58 PM

This is a fantastic idea.  When I was showing in the 60's (yes, I'm OLD) there were nothing but TB's and a few cross breeds.  I don't exactly know when the warm bloods happened, but I watched some of the Washington International Horseshow today and waited and waited for a TB to enter the ring with a lightness of movement and an alertness and intelligence which I just don't see in the warm bloods who are filling the hunter classes.  I don't see one of those horses in the hunt field.  

06 Oct 2011 6:54 PM
Terry M.

Great! Most other breeds have breed shows, so why not Thoroughbreds? It's about time the TB caught up with Arabians, Quarter Horses, etc. in having a show system.

06 Oct 2011 7:57 PM

This is a wonderful idea!  I don't think people know how pleasant Thoroughbreds can be to work with.  They tend to be regarded as super high-strung.  There's an OTTB at my daughter's riding stable.  He wins shows all the time, and is really laid back and just a joy to be around.  Even the judges and other competitors like it when he shows.  He's enjoyable to watch.  TBs are the best!!

07 Oct 2011 8:23 AM
Rachel NH

I went to the membership page to join in support, because I grew up in an era where TB's were common show horses...but $300 in this economy? My top level in my own club, National & State combined, is $75....sorry guys.

08 Oct 2011 7:24 AM
Golden Gate

First I want to say this is a wonderful idea to help thoroughbreds and I am so glad it is happening.

Second I have some concerns. I was reading the article and was all excited until I saw the membership fee is going to be $300. That right there will discourage me from joining as $300 buys 20 bags of feed for my off track thoroughbreds. It is also money I could use for gas to bring my horses to compete and for a room to stay in.

Also many thoroughbreds I am coming across had never been registered by their previous owners for one reason or another. Now that they are 3 years old the cost to register them is a staggering $2,000 a piece and since in order to compete in these shows they need a registered name they will be left out.

It would be great if the membership fee would be reduced or scholarships for membership would be made available.

Also if the Jockey Club would do a special registration waver for all thoroughbreds that were never registered over the age of (say 6 yrs old.) If brought back to a grace cost of $200 many would be able to be registered. I know that some other breed associations have done this awhile back.

With all the horses being sent to slaughter (yes-- they still are as the Mexican and Canadian borders are not closed) thoroughbreds especially unregistered ones are especially likely to be sent.

Thank you again for the great idea but please make it affordable for people struggling financially to rescue these horses.

08 Oct 2011 9:08 AM

Thank you, Bloodhorse, for making this nationally known. I am an advocate for a Thoroughbred breed show organization. It would be nice to have a national point system, so that even if Thoroughbreds compete in open shows, their placings can contribute to a year end Thoroughbred championship and honors, similarly to the status enjoyed by Arabians and Andalusians, etc...Thia would stimulate interest in Thoroughbreds as show horses, even more than they are already.

08 Oct 2011 12:40 PM

After the Finish Line had 13 fundraisers and awareness events this year. You can see our events on our FB page,

(The picture for Race for the Rescues was placed with another organizations fundraiser. It is the logo on the T-shirt for the Race for the Rescues.)

18 Oct 2011 2:38 AM

I know this is an older post, but I came across it looking for information on what show associations are out there dedicated to thoroughbreds. I agree with the other comments - the membership fee is prohibitive. Most other breed associations keep their membership fees within the budget of the average backyard horse owning family.  Our pockets aren't as deep as those in the top echelon of racing and showing, we just love our horses and what we do.

That being said, I hope that this new association - and the Jockey Club - will open their eyes to the versatility of the thoroughbred and sponsor, support and encourage competition outside of the "traditional" fields. While they are well known in the English ranks, many people forget that the thoroughbred has contributed significantly to the "stock horse" breeds, and rightfully so.  Pick a quarter horse or paint pedigree and somewhere in there is a thoroughbred.

I personally have trained and shown thoroughbreds - both off track and not - in reining, cowhorse, barrel racing, and other western events.  I currently own a thoroughbred which my husband uses as a turnback horse for cutting horses, and which he has roped off of and performed daily ranchwork. This gelding is his favorite "saddle horse".

Please work with the sport associations to create promotional programs for thoroughbreds in all disciplines. We've long deserved an opportunity to show off our partners!

28 Mar 2012 6:10 PM

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