It was really big equestrian event at the infield of a Triple Crown racetrack (Pimlico), so HRTV – The Network for Horse Sports was there.
There were three deserving off-track Thoroughbred charities involved – Midatlantic Horse Rescue, Angel Acres, and Thoroughbred Placement and Rescue. Throw in a Hall of Famer (Rodney Jenkins), a couple of presidents and industry leaders for judges. (Maryland Horse Council president and horse breeder Steuart Pittman, and Maryland Jockey Club executive Lenny Hale).
Oh, and add over 300 horses and well… you’ve got the outstanding success named the Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show, held on Saturday, July 14, 2012.
Facts: $5,500 raised and given to each charity!
24 children in the leadline – that’s children younger than 6 years old ALL riding Thoroughbred horses! Here’s a video of the leadline class (from YouTube)!
HRTV live streamed most of the classes and still has a few videos up on the site – they reported the largest number of visitors to the site since the day before the Belmont!
Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland declared the day as the “Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show Day” in the state of Maryland, and local CBS affiliate aired the show, along with video.
Trucks and trailers bringing the 300 horses to the show were parked on the racetrack.
Overall champion was Houston, a 12 year-old bay gelding ridden by Megan Sullivan. He won the $1,500 prize money by finishing second in the 2’ trot class over fences and second in the 3’ canter class over fences.
The show was the first ever held in the infield at Pimlico and coordinated by the great staff at Pimlico, including Maryland Jockey Club’s racing secretary, Georgeanne Hale, and Adena Springs Stable Retirement program coordinator Stacie Clark-Rogers. More pictures are here.
All the horse bulletin boards and Facebook began to buzz with reports of the show late Saturday and on Sunday, it began to be apparent it was the horse show of the year in Maryland! Judge Steuart Pittman said, “I want to say how honored I felt to be judging, and how the spirit of the show was infused with respect and admiration for the horses there.”
Check out this video about Saturday’s spectacle, made by racing luminary and author, Alex Brown.