The US Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) has approved more than 375 shows from the 268 applications that it received.
Created in 2011, the scheme recognizes and rewards the versatility of the thoroughbred through sponsorship of thoroughbred classes and high point awards at sanctioned horse shows.
The applications represented about 400 horse shows in 37 states and Canadian provinces.
“We’ve approved shows in numerous disciplines, including eventing, dressage, western and english pleasure, and hunter/jumper,” said Kristin Werner Leshney, legal associate for The Jockey Club.
“We added series year-end awards for associations with multiple shows, and they’ve been very popular.”
TIP will again disburse $US100,000 in prize money, ribbons and prizes, including saddle pads, stall plaques, coolers, halters and tote bags.
“In addition to awards for shows, we have renewed the out-of-competition awards,” said Leshney. “Winners of the Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the Young Rider of the Year Award will each receive $US5000 and other prizes.”
Applications for the non-competition awards will be available at tjctip.com in May with a deadline of June 28, 2013.
TIP has also introduced the TIP number card, which distinguishes horse and rider combinations and should be provided to horse shows as proof of eligibility.
Owners/riders can apply for a TIP number at tjctip.com. Only thoroughbreds that have been registered with The Jockey Club or, new for 2013, a foreign Thoroughbred stud book recognized by The Jockey Club, are eligible to participate in TIP classes and awards.
More information: Those interested in T.I.P. can follow the program at facebook.com/tjctip.