So you got a horse off the track and are planning to successfully transition it into a second career. What administrative items should you consider to fully transition your newly retired racehorse? Below are the steps I take for every horse I transition from the track.
I complete the following five steps for every horse I transition from the track:
Step 1 - Update the Jockey Club Registry
Step 2 - Get Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) number
Step 3 - Submit Your Horse to the RRP Bloodline Brag
Step 4 - Register with United States Equestrian Federation
Step 5 - Register with Show Association(s)
Step 1: Update the Jockey Club Registry
This is important because it informs the Jockey Club that you are the owner, and it will enable the Jockey Club to contact you with updates or any other information pertinent to your horse.
Go to www.registry.jockeyclub.com and either "Log In" or "Sign Up" for a free account. After you are logged in, click on "Transfer Ownership."
On the following screens, enter the requested information about your new horse and your contact details.
Review the information on the "Final Review" screen and if everything looks accurate, then click "Submit" and you will be taken to a confirmation screen.
Step 2: Register for a TIP Number
The Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) helps showcase the breed's many talents at all levels of competition and encourages the retraining of Thoroughbreds once they have finished their racing or breeding career.
T.I.P. recognizes and rewards the versatility of the Thoroughbred through sponsorship of Thoroughbred classes and high point awards at sanctioned horse shows and through two annual awards: the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the T.I.P. Young Rider of the Year Award.
In order to participate in a T.I.P. class or be eligible for a T.I.P. award, owners and riders must obtain a T.I.P. Number.
Go to www.tjctip.com and select "Apply for a T.I.P. Number" from the "T.I.P. Number/Data Entry" drop-down menu.
On the login screen, enter your login information from the Jockey Club Registry that you established during Step #1.
If you have registered horses with T.I.P. in the past, they should be displayed after you login. Click on the "Apply for Additional T.I.P. Numbers" button above the list of your current horses. If you do not have any current horses, then simply follow the instructions to register your first horse.
On the next screen, you will enter information to search for your horse by entering either the Tattoo or Horse's Registered JC Name along with the year of birth and dam's name.
A pop-up window will open for you to select your horse from the search results.
Once you select your horse, you will be asked for additional information on the following screens including details about the individual who will be the primary rider.
Once you complete all the information, you will be taken back to the "Current T.I.P. Listing" page where you will see your new horse now listed.
Step 3: Submit Your Horse to the RRP Bloodline Brag
Retired Racehorse Project has "the internet's only user-driven database dedicated to tracking second career talent and accomplishments of registered Thoroughbreds." By submitting information about your horse to this database, you are helping lots of other people who are shopping for an off-track Thoroughbred. Think of it as a "pay it forward" type submission, but it is also a great tool for you to brag about your new horse and become part of a bigger community of OTTB lovers.
Go to http://www.retiredracehorseproject.org/add-entry-to-bb to add your horse to the Bloodline Brag. Either login or create a free account to get started.
Enter the requested information. You can upload photos, provide links to video and share comments about your horse's trainability, movement and more.
After you submit the requested information, you will be taken to a "Success" screen and your new listing will be reviewed by the RRP Admins. Once it is approved, you will be able to view it in the Bloodline Brag alongside other user-submitted horses.
Steps 4 and 5
Since these final two steps will not apply to everyone, I am going to provide a high-level overview. If you are planning to show your horse and want to qualify for special year-end awards and membership benefits, then plan to record/register your horse with USEF and the appropriate show association. For example, I record all my horses with USEF and register them with United States Dressage Federation for a Lifetime Membership.
Register with United States Equestrian Federation
For United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), you can go to https://www.usef.org/_AUAIFrames/Login/signup.aspx and follow the provided instructions to record your horse.
Q: Does my horse have to be recorded?
A: Horses must be recorded in order to:
To be eligible for USEF Awards and Championship programs. (GR1111)
To be eligible to compete in a USEF Computer Ranking List class. (GR1102.2)
To be eligible to compete in USEF/USDF qualifying and championship classes and USEF National Championships for Dressage. (DR127)
To acquire an FEI or National Passport and FEI Registration number. (GR1103, GR1104)
Q: How can I record my horse/renew my horse's recording?
A: 1. You can record your horse online. In order to record your horse online, you must create a My USEF My Way Account. Click here to sign up. Once you create your My USEF My Way Account, you can sign in to your account and select the Horse Recording Application/ID. Select the appropriate recording type and year (if annual is selected).
2. You can submit an application by fax, mail, or hand-delivery to the USEF office. Horse Recording applications can be obtained by contacting the USEF office or printing from the web site (Click here to download).
Some Popular Show Associations
United States Dressage Federation http://www.usdf.org/join/horse.asp
United States Eventing Association http://useventing.com/resource/horse-registration-policy
United States Hunter Jumper Association https://www.ushja.org/membership/hregistration.aspx
National Reining Horse Association http://nrha1.com/fees
Thoroughbred Barrel Racing Association http://tbraottb.simdif.com/
By Kyle Rothfus
This blog is dedicated to providing insight about OTTB re-training, Thoroughbred pedigrees and general equine care. You can also track the progress of horses I have for sale through posts here.