Happy Fall! September has been a busy month for T.I.P. even with the unfortunate cancellation of the 2020 T.I.P. Championships due to the pandemic. We're fielding applications for horse shows to have T.I.P. awards in 2021, looking for our next Youth Ambassadors, celebrating our non-competition winners and planning for 2021! Let us know what you'd like to see at T.I.P. events in 2021.

It's also a great time to earn those TRRIP hours on the trail among the beautiful fall leaves.

I hope you all stay safe and well as we wind down what has been an unusual year. Enjoy all of the information in this  newsletter and have a great autumn! 
~Kristin Werner , T.I.P. Coordinator


Sir Gus
2020 Thoroughbred of the Year

The Thoroughbred of the Year Award recognizes a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as equine-assisted therapy or police work, and includes a $5,000 grant to the non-profit organization associated with the horse or, if no organization is associated with the horse, to a horse-related charity chosen by The Jockey Club.
This year’s winner is Gus, registered with The Jockey Club as Sir Gus, a 25-year-old gelding that assists with therapeutic programs at
Brook Hill Farm in Forest, Va. He raced 43 times, winning six races and earning $35,079. Gus became a riding horse for a child in his second career before ending up in a poor situation and being rescued by Brook Hill.
Brook Hill offers equine-assisted learning programs for at-risk youth, physically and mentally challenged children and adults, senior citizens, and military veterans. Gus has participated in the at-risk youth program as well as the therapeutic program to assist participants with physical and mental challenges. He helps children to gain self-confidence and grow into caring, compassionate adults.
“Gus has done it all, from jumping at Pony Club Rally to helping children in a therapeutic riding program – he loves to take care of his riders!” said Jo Anne Miller, executive director of Brook Hill.

Congratulations to the 2020 Young Riders of the Year!

The young rider award, which recognizes riders 18 or younger who own or lease a Thoroughbred for use in 4-H, Pony Club, or other activities, has been awarded to Kate Brown, Clara Dendtler, Jenna Everhart, and Isabella Wade.

Link to Press Release

Now Accepting Applications for T.I.P. Awards at 2021 Horse Shows

The T.I.P. application period for 2021 shows is open through September 30, 2020. All shows must apply during the application period even if the information or show dates are tentative. Shows that offered awards in 2020 and shows that canceled in 2020 still need to re-apply for 2021 dates.

More information and the online application are available at

T.I.P. Youth Ambassador Application Now Open

Offered on an annual basis, the T.I.P. Youth Ambassador Program selects around 12 young riders to positively represent T.I.P. and the Thoroughbred breed. The goal of the T.I.P. Youth Ambassador Program is to promote participation in T.I.P. with the mission to encourage retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding. A Youth Ambassador's role is to positively represent T.I.P. and the Thoroughbred breed at his or her local barn, shows, competitions, or any other activities in which he or she may participate.

T.I.P. Youth Ambassadors must meet the following criteria:
  • Be 18 years old or younger as of January 1, 2021
  • Reside in the U.S. or Canada
  • Own or lease a Thoroughbred with a T.I.P. number
  • Participate in T.I.P. (non-competition award applicant or participant in T.I.P.-sponsored shows or classes)
The Youth Ambassador Program application can be found on the T.I.P. website at
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Does T.I.P. have a year end awards program?
YES! The T.I.P. Performance Awards are the annual, self-reported Thoroughbred awards of The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program. The Performance Awards are completely self-reported by the Thoroughbred’s owner or rider based on their participation in ALL SHOWS. The owner or rider must report results from horse shows offering T.I.P. show divisions, classes or awards AND from horse shows that do not offer T.I.P. awards. 

NEW for 2020 - you can now submit your results for online horse shows. These awards are calculated separately from the live horse show Performance Awards.

There is a lot of information related to the Performance Awards - check out these links for more details:

General Information, Instructions and Award Info
Full List of Categories and Divisions
Hard Copy Reporting Forms
Programs available through T.I.P. 
Click the links for more info!
Important Dates
Sep. 30 2020
Horse Show Applications Due
Oct. 31 2020:
T.I.P. Youth Ambassador Applications Due
Nov. 30 2020
Performance Award Year Ends
Dec. 2020:
2021 T.I.P. horse shows approved 
Dec. 20, 2020:
2020 Perf. Award forms due
Aug. 1 2020 to July 31, 2021:  
2020 Championships Qualifying (H/J/E.Pl./Dressage)

*2020 Declared Horses carry over to 2021
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