For over 120 years The Jockey Club has pursued its mission to improve Thoroughbred breeding and racing and maintain the integrity of the breed in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico through administration of The American Stud Book.
More recently, The Jockey Club announced the Thoroughbred Incentive Program, or TIP, to encourage the retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines when they retire from racing. Thoroughbreds are versatile athletes, which makes them ideally suited for any number of disciplines beyond the racetrack including three-day Eventing at competitions like the Red Hills International Horse Trials.
To be eligible for a TIP award, a horse must be registered in The American Stud Book or a comparable foreign stud book approved by The Jockey Club. Owners and riders must register for TIP and show proof of registration when they arrive at Red Hills in order to be eligible for the awards.
The Red Hills Horse Trials and the TIP program will offer High Point Thoroughbred awards at the event in 2016 which marks the fifth consecutive year these special awards will be given on a Sunday in March. To present TIP awards the volunteers at Red Hills will “double ribbon” the horse as it enters the arena to reflect its overall place in the division, and its place among other TIP eligible horses.
In 2015, the following registered members of the Thoroughbred Incentive Program took home High Point awards after competing at Red Hills:
- AP Prime, ridden by Leah Langgluscic
- Impressively Done, ridden by April Simmonds
- More Inspiration, ridden by Holly Jacks
- Normandy Soldier, ridden by Jackie Lemastus
- What You Will, ridden by Mary Baird