The Thoroughbred Makeover & National Symposium
Hundreds of off-track Thoroughbreds, each with 10 months or less of retraining. Three days of competition in 10 different disciplines, vying for a share of $100,000 in prize money. Thousands of spectators watching online and in person. And at the end, one overall winner, crowned America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred.
The Retired Racehorse Project, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, created the Thoroughbred Makeover to showcase the trainability and talent of off-track Thoroughbreds. The competition is intended to inspire good trainers to become involved in transitioning these horses to second careers, and the National Symposium serves to educate the people involved in the care, training, and sale of these horses to responsible owners.
Turning for Home at the Thoroughbred Makeover
Turning for Home has supported the Retired Racehorse Project and its signature event, the Thoroughbred Makeover, from its inception. Over the years, Turning for Home graduates have earned many ribbons in the Makeover, but perhaps the highest honor came when Kyle Rothfus won the 2017 Ambassador Award for his work towards Thoroughbred aftercare. That year, he took Quality Hey to the Makeover as his entrant. For the past several years, Turning for Home has also sponsored an award for the highest-earning Turning for Home graduate/adoptable horse.