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.

Read more about the competition right here.

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.

Racing NameYearRiderPartner FarmDiscipline(s)
2015Nicole ValeriSafe Haven EquineBarrel Racing - 6 of 12
2015Shariah HarrisSafe Haven EquinePolo - 3rd
Top Polo Junior Rider
2015Kasey EvansBlack Oak FarmShow Hunter - 4 of 28
2016Kelly LuptonBlack Oak FarmCompetitive Trail - 19 of 33
Freestyle - 27 of 33
2016Joanna HagenBlack Oak FarmShow Hunter - 4 of 57
2016Jennifer OstermanBlack Oak FarmDressage - 54 of 58
2016Kelly PageAfter the RacesDressage - 53 of 58
2016Rebecca RamseyBlack Oak FarmDressage - 49 of 58
2016Claire LokkenAfter the RacesShow Jumper - 4 of 61
Freestyle - 22 of 33
2016Amy KaplanFull Gallop FarmDressage - 26 of 58
Eventing - 50 of 65
2016Kelly LuptonBlack Oak FarmShow Jumper - 57 of 61
2016Dorothy CrowellBell Run FarmEventing - 29 of 65
2017Amanda CousinsTurning for HomeShow Jumper - 35 of 84
Eventing - 65 of 90
2017Kate GoldenbergSafe Haven EquineDressage - 38 of 78
Field Hunter - 20 of 30
2017Devon OlivierFull Gallop FarmShow Hunter - 33 of 84
Eventing - 42 of 90
2017Amara UnderwoodTurning for HomeWorking Ranch - 4 of 12
Show Jumper - 17 of 84
2017Nina LymanMaui Meadow FarmCompetitive Trail - 9 of 63
Freestyle - 28 of 38
2017Cherie GaebelSedgemere FarmShow Jumper - 4 of 75
Show Hunter - 11 of 84
2017Lindsey PartridgeBlack Oak FarmCompetitive Trail - 3 of 63
Field Hunter - 6 of 30
2017Lisa BerryBlack Oak FarmWorking Ranch - 12 of 12
2017Ashley DufraneBlack Oak FarmDressage - 15 of 78
Freestyle - 15 of 38
2017Kyle RothfusBlack Oak FarmCompetitive Trail - 50 of 63
Freestyle - 34 of 38
Ambassador Award Winner
2017Kelly LuptonBlack Oak FarmCompetitive Trail - 39 of 63
2017Erin SchalickFox Run FarmBarrel Racing - 12 of 18
Show Hunter - 62 of 84
2018Jessie HartfordBlack Oak FarmDressage - 75 of 113
Show Jumper - 83 of 96
2018Lauren LindsayFull Gallop FarmEventing - 13 of 95
Dressage - 45 of 113
2018Kate GoldenbergSafe Haven EquineDressage - 96 of 113
2018Danielle MontgomeryTurning for HomeBarrel Racing - 16 of 28
Competitive Trail - 39 of 62
2018Rachael LallierMcCaulley EquineShow Hunter - 44 of 126
Dressage - 60 of 113
2018Jessica WernerPhoenix Equine ServicesDressage - 13 of 113
Eventing - 38 of 95
2018Julia JesuBlack Oak FarmShow Jumper - 49 of 96
Eventing - 91 of 95
2018Mary RobyParthenon StableEventing - 84 of 95
Show Hunter - 84 of 126
2018Megan MontgomeryTurning for HomeBarrel Racing - 2 of 28
Field Hunter - 36 of 46
2018Melissa SmithMcCaulley EquineCompetitive Trail - 41 of 62
Show Jumper - 84 of 126
2018Cherie GaebelSedgemere FarmShow Jumper - 14 of 96
Dressage - 41 of 113
2018TEAM COMPETITIONMcCaulley EquineShow Hunter - 1 of 9
Show Jumper - 3 of 6
2018Katy HanlonFox Run FarmShow Hunter - 16 of 126
Show Jumper - 86 of 96
2018Melissa MurrayBlack Oak FarmBarrel Racing - 25 of 28
2018Nicole HuttarJumping H FarmShow Hunter - 83 of 126
Dressage - 85 of 113
2018Meg BowersFull Gallop FarmEventing - 87 of 95