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3rd Florida Thoroughbred Expo
December 6, 2019 @ 7:30 am - December 8, 2019 @ 6:30 pmFree
The Florida Thoroughbred Transformation Exposition is presented by the charitable organization Run For The Ribbons Inc. who dedicates themselves to providing off-track Thoroughbreds (OTTB) the foundation needed to ensure a smooth transition into their next career and home.
The 3rd Florida Thoroughbred Transformation Expo will be held on December 6-8th, 2019 at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, Florida. The prize money amount for 2019 TBA. It will feature competition in 9 disciplines including barrel racing, dressage, working ranch, show jumper, show hunter, cross-country, polo, freestyle and new for this year OTTB In-Hand. Each discipline will have 2 divisions, one Restricted and one Open. The Restricted division will be composed of registered/tattooed off-track Thoroughbreds whose last race or race training workout was on or later than January 1, 2016. The Open division will be composed of any registered/tattooed off-track thoroughbred whose last race or race training workout was prior to January 1, 2015, as well as any unraced Thoroughbred. Expo events will also include a vendor fair/marketplace, educational seminars, and a competitors & sponsors appreciation party!
Mission and Goals
Run for the Ribbons Inc. hopes that the FL TB Transformation Expo will increase the demand of Thoroughbreds and encourage people to take on a “project horse”, because we know how versatile, intelligent, and honest a Thoroughbred is. We intend to educate the community on the versatility of the Thoroughbred breed. We also want to encourage the community and the Thoroughbred racing industry to further support our efforts, as well as other charitable organizations in Florida who also dedicate their time and resources to positively impact the lives of these horses.
Run for the Ribbons Inc. realizes that horse racing and Thoroughbred sales are a vital part in Florida’s economy, producing more than 1,500 Thoroughbred foals every year. Our goal is to create an outlet for the horses post racing. We also hope to encourage post-racetrack owners and trainers to pave the road to successful futures for these transformation horses through proper training techniques and strong foundations.
We anticipate over 200 horses, and aspire to have the FL TB Transformation Expo be the biggest and most anticipated OTTB annual event in Florida, proudly showcasing the many talents of Thoroughbreds and increasing their marketability in the Southeast. FL TB Transformation Expo will strive to provide a competitive, educational and fun environment to celebrate the Thoroughbred breed that we love.