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Local horse show group creates program for ex-racehorses to shine

Awards are designed to encourage people to purchase and compete with what are sometimes referred to as “racetrack rejects,” those horses that are finished with their racing careers and are looking for a new lease on life. Courtesy photo

The Kentucky Derby, held this coming Saturday at Churchill Downs, may represent the pinnacle of what a Thoroughbred racehorse strives for while on the track, but a local group is giving those same horses something to strive for off the track as well.

The Giddyup Horse Club, based in Spearfish, S.D., announced this week that they will be offering a series of awards specifically for Thoroughbred ex-racehorses that compete at their show series in 2014.

An extension of the "Thoroughbred Incentive Program" offered by the Jockey Club, the national organization that registers all Thoroughbreds, the awards are designed to encourage people to purchase and compete with what are sometimes referred to as "racetrack rejects," those horses that are finished with their racing careers and are looking for a new lease on life.

"I spent my younger years competing on Thoroughbreds, when that was America's first choice for sporthorses," said Dorothy Snowden, Vice President of the Giddyup Horse Club. "More recently, European imports have taken over and it is great to see programs like this from the Jockey Club that give people an incentive to reconsider what I feel is America's greatest equine athlete, the Thoroughbred racehorse."

The series will kick off at the Giddyup Horse Club's first show on June 14 and features high point awards available in eight different categories. The awards are open to any competing Thoroughbred registered with the Jockey Club's fre Thoroughbred Incentive Program. A full list and details of how to enter can be found on their website at http://www.giddyuphorseclub.com.

"I have used Thoroughbreds all my life and it is great to see we have a program like this starting in our area," said local Thoroughbred breeder and trainer, Dale Simanton of Horse Creek Thoroughbreds in Newell, S.D. "They can do anything any other horse can do and most of the time do it better."

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