Houston will look to make it three consecutive overall titles at the Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show at Pimlico Race Course on Sunday, July 13.
event is the brainchild of Georganne Hale, the Maryland Jockey Club’s
racing secretary, and Adena Springs Retirement Program manager Stacie
Clark-Rogers. Part of the Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series (T.A.S.S.),
the Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show is one of a handful of shows for
Thoroughbreds where each horse shows under its Jockey Club name.
Traditional show horses have their names altered often when they change
owners or circuits.
by Donna Sullivan and ridden by her daughter Megan, Houston, 14, has
been a fixture on the Maryland show circuit for years.
have been reminding me of it (three-peat),” Donna Sullivan said. “He is
a wonderful horse and we have a lot of fun with him. I always say if he
doesn’t win another ribbon that would be okay. I bought him at the
Mid-Atlantic sale in 2001, brought him home, gelded him and let him grow
up. I realized he was not going to be a race horse. He is not very big
(just over 15 hands). When he was four years old he was the Zone
champion in the USEF (United States Equestrian Federation). He has won a
lot. Last year, Megan was best adult rider in the Chester County (PA)
Horse Show with him. He is a very sweet horse who is easy to ride. He
has been high point horse in both Baltimore County and Harford County.”
Houston has edged Testimonially, with rider Kara Evans, for top honors both years.
best friend is Kara,” added Sullivan. “His (Testimonially) show name is
The Patriot and he is a fabulous horse. Kara has had him for just about
as long as we have had Houston. Jack Settings trains The Patriot and
also trained Houston at one time. I credit a lot of what those horses
have been doing to him. Both girls are great riders and Jack was very
instrumental in helping both girls.”
$15,000 in prize money will be paid to the owners of the first three
finishers in each class (60%-winner; 30%-second place; 10%-third) and
six ribbons will be awarded for each class. The Totally Thoroughbred
Horse Show, which begins at 8 a.m. Eastern, will include 16 classes. The
inaugural event featured nearly 800 entries. A year ago, almost 400
entries with 140 Thoroughbred horses participated.
have added eight classes this year,” Hale said. “There will be a Green
division for horses who have not been off the racetrack for an extended
period and a Hunter division for horses who have been showing all along.
So it gives the horses in the Green division some class relief. We are
also adding two additional jumping classes. In the Gambler’s Choice, we
will have horses jumping as many fences as possible in a 40-second
period. The bigger the fences the more points they score, so it will be
really exciting. We added another lead line to the program. We are
calling it the AARP division for riders 60 and above. We have a lot of
mothers and grandmothers excited about that one.”
All the 2014 proceeds will go to two local Thoroughbred aftercare programs: Foxie G Foundation (www.thefoxiegfoundation.org/) and Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue (www.midatlantichorserescue.org/).
Since 2012, Pimlico’s Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show has raised more
than $23,000 to benefit Thoroughbred Aftercare organizations.
do all the foaling for Country Life Farm so it is important to support
the Thoroughbred industry,” Sullivan said. “The women that put this show
on do a great job. The first year was very overwhelming but that just
shows the need for something like this and how great it is for these
horses to have a second career. Not all of them are going to be great
race horses and some of them just don’t make it to the races. Either
they don’t have the speed or don’t want to run so this is a great
opportunity for those horses.”
sponsors for the Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show include Chesapeake
Coffee, Children’s Colonial Trunk Show, Claiborne Farm, Country Life
Farm, Dana Point Farm, Dark Hollow Farm, Exacta Business Solutions LLC,
Hillwood Stable LLC, Holly Robinson Racing, Marquetta Pisarcik, Maryland
Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s
Association, Next Car, Offtrack Products, PTK LLC, Take2-NYTHA, Terese
Brittingham, The Jockey Club-TIP, Thoroughbred Aftercare of Gulfstream,
Winner’s Circle Partners and Xpressbet.