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.