Thoroughbred show is a destination for horses off the track

The Fair Hill Thoroughbred Show marks its fifth anniversary Sept. 17-18 at the Fair Hill showgrounds in Elkton, Md.

Started to raise awareness of the plight of the off-the-track thoroughbred, the show encourages the re-homing and retraining of these horses by supporting and rewarding riders for selecting a thoroughbred as their sport horse mount.

The TERF Good Ambassador Scholarships, sponsored by the Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation, is designed to support riders who have demonstrated at the show an ability to retrain their thoroughbred.

Riders are nominated by the judge and show manager, then asked to submit a brief essay describing how they would use the $500 scholarship to further their riding careers. Four scholarships are awarded each year.

New this year is an Open Pleasure Division which will allow both  English and Western riders to participate.

“We want to attract all riders who appreciate and care for OTTBs,” said Susan Sisco, one of the founders.

“Our show ( has grown each year, with many riders returning to enjoy the friendly family atmosphere, the great food and a popular silent auction,” said board member Carol Atterbury.

“The philosophy of the show is simple: Every thoroughbred needs a chance to live a great life after racing and it is an honor to be a part of giving back to all those who invite these thoroughbreds into their hearts and homes,” said board member Dixie Abbott.

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