Submitted by Justine B. - Magic Mike (JC: Mikey Likes). His Thoroughbred heart & athleticism makes him such a wonderful and competitive partner, not only in dressage, but in eventing and the hunters as well!
Salute to the Thoroughbred! This month on YourDressage , we are saluting the versatile Thoroughbred and Thoroughbred crosses of all kinds.
Dressage riders who choose Thoroughbreds as their mounts are eligible for Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Awards as The Jockey Club is a Participating Organization .
We recently asked our social media followers to share about what makes these horses so special. Below, you can see some of their photos and stories, and check out more in Thriving Thoroughbreds – Part One!
Do you have a dressage Thoroughbred you’d like to share with the YourDressage community? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to be featured! Stay tuned to YourDressage through the end of November as we celebrate #ThrivingThoroughbreds, with photo galleries and exclusive stories from Thoroughbred enthusiasts across the country!
Submitted by Kristine S – Mount Desert (2013) Now showing 2nd Level
Submitted by Taylor S. – Jockey club name Rambo Ruckus. Showing third level. We have had struggles in our 13 years together. A horse that couldn’t be touched to an amazing show horse 🙂 Submitted by Lisa M. – “Thirsty Thursday” is a 2009 OTTB, who came right off the track in September of 2016 and is now showing Second Level Dressage. I love my thoroughbreds and I am continually amazed by his willingness to learn and advance up the levels of dressage. He is so sweet and gentle and loves getting hugs by the little children in the barn.
Submitted by Emily M. – Lady Marlene, my 5 year old retraining project who is now loving her life as a soon-to-be Eventer! But we love the dressage phase most of all
Submitted by Jessica B. – My cousin Vinny (jc Sunny Aftermoon) is a 2012 ottb who is from ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption . We are climbing our way up the ranks in dressage- currently doing second level Submitted by Marty D. – My TB Shelby, I am having her trained for Dressage and Jumping. I love This breed!
Submitted by Christina K. – My 2012 OTTB, Real Deal Lady, and I competed 2nd Level this winter. She really is something fancy and super athletic. I’m hoping to compete her 3rd level in 2022 and possibly work towards getting my silver medal on her.
Submitted by Kimberly Dunlap Submitted by Kimberly D. – I’ve had several! Submitted by Kimberly D.
Submitted by Shannon S. – JC: Megadancer Submitted by Shannon S. – Working on developing some fancy footwork!
Submitted by Amber B. – Me and my 18 hand 7 year old OTTB Gronkinator. We are showing first level and schooling second. He’s my whole heart and is such an enjoyable guy
Submitted by Justine B. – Magic Mike (JC: Mikey Likes) is a 10-year-old TB gelding competing at First Level and schooling Second. Submitted by Justine B. – He is 100% my heart horse. His Thoroughbred heart & athleticism makes him such a wonderful and competitive partner, not only in dressage, but in eventing and the hunters as well!
Submitted by Michelle B.
Submitted by Robyn L. – My pleasure dressage 20 year old London. He is amazing. Submitted by Stephanie B. – Love my OTTB Ballenger!
Submitted by Jenny F. – This is Twister (JC: E F Five) warhorse who retired sound in 2017. We have been together 3.5 years and made the move up to 1st level and just completed an awesome season at Starter level in Eventing and ready to move up to Beginner Novice. He loves his new life in Oregon, especially the mud season
Submitted by Rachel K. – Ziggy is a 25yo TB who evented to the 5* level with his owner. He then allowed me to earn my Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal. Submitted by Rachel K. – Here he is competing at Grand Prix this summer. He recently had an article written about him in the Chronicle!
Submitted by KarrieAnn G. – 4 year old OTTB Healthcare Heroes is just getting started in his USDF career and already crushing it! We were Makeover Bound next week, but an unfortunate suspensory injury has benched us. He’s still a winner in my book and will be back dancing in the sandbox in no time!
Katherine G. – Run Bobby Run my 16 yo OTTB loves dressage it is the perfect discipline for him Submitted by Heather M. – Living the Dream second Level MFS at CBLM. He has not competed since last Fall recovering from Lymes and back in work for a month. Gives his all, sometimes more than needed:-)
Submitted by Kara H. – Always Lucky, 2016 Mare by First Samurai out of Palm Beach Story by Fusaichi Pegasus doing intro and attempting to do training level. Photo Creds Lisa Dean
Submitted by Kasey M. – Edgar Jones. Submitted by Linda P. – JC name Congratulate Me and Linda Potter in Arizona
Submitted by Kelsie R. – 1999 Squeaky, Be Quick. He’s always had such a can-do attitude, right down to humoring my desire to give sidesaddle a try!
Submitted by Natalie R. – Here’s my girl Kenzie (JC: Ee to Kinzie). Now showing 2nd level and training 3rd. She is so versatile! Loves to jump, trail ride and even has herded some cows once! Submitted by Abby B. – Desert Jazz “Dezy” my 6 year old OTTB and I will be showing in our first horse show together at First level in November. She is curious, sweet, athletic, challenging, but most of all my greatest teacher. I adore this breed for their work ethic and athleticism, and am continuously amazed at what they can do! Cheers to many more years with my beautiful little mare
Submitted by Michelle F. – JC: The Big Rooster; show name: Raucous Caucus; 8-year old OTTB showing Fourth and looking forward to PSG; PC: High Time Photography
Submitted by Rhi R. – Emery’s Visualizer competing in the 2018 TB Makeover. Submitted by Rhi R. – Jersey Justice competing in the 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover
Submitted by Caitlin F. – JC Cool Colony at second level
Submitted by Vicki M. – Truely Tyme JC name Truely Quick. We showed second level and made it to regionals last month. We’ve been schooling third level at home. Submitted by Phoebe K. – My 7 YO OTTB Private John “PJ” he raced until he was almost 5 and then I got him a few months after. Now we’re schooling second/third level. I love him
Submitted by Kara C. – I adopted my boy Maestro (JC: Mr. Conductor) from New Vocations in 2013. We started as a hunter and switched to dressage four years ago. We’ll be showing at USDF Region 2 Championships this weekend! Thoroughbreds have more heart and try than any other horse I’ve worked with, they will move mountains for you if you’re their person. They’re not always easy, but are always worth the effort!
Submitted by Jackie S. – F C Gomango he and I are currently showing at 4th level. We did the Makeover in 2017! Submitted by Jackie S. – I bought him with the intentions of eventing him, but he didn’t love jumping! He’s a war horse, and I adore him. I rode solely thoroughbreds because I love their work ethic! Submitted by Jackie S. – They aim to please all the time, and try harder than any other horses I know!! I hope to finish getting my medals on this special horse, and have him be my first FEI Mount!
Submitted by Nicole D. – My 2013 OTTB, Mixmaker, and I are competing 1st Level and schooling 2nd. He scored a 70% at his first recognized show at first level! I love how smart the Thoroughbreds are. He picks up on training so quickly and always tries to please. Submitted by Nicole D. – My 2013 OTTB, Mixmaker, and I are competing 1st Level and schooling 2nd. He scored a 70% at his first recognized show at first level! I love how smart the Thoroughbreds are. He picks up on training so quickly and always tries to please. Submitted by Nicole D. – My 2013 OTTB, Mixmaker, and I are competing 1st Level and schooling 2nd. He scored a 70% at his first recognized show at first level! I love how smart the Thoroughbreds are. He picks up on training so quickly and always tries to please. Submitted by Nicole D. – My 2013 OTTB, Mixmaker, and I are competing 1st Level and schooling 2nd. He scored a 70% at his first recognized show at first level! I love how smart the Thoroughbreds are. He picks up on training so quickly and always tries to please.
Submitted by Rachel F. – This is my mare (2011 JC Mystical Prize) although her barn/show name is “Luna Lovegood”. I’ve done her track retraining myself (my first green horse project) and we compete in dressage together (my first time showing as an adult). I adore her work ethic, high energy, sensitivity, and incredible heart. I grew up watching thoroughbreds race/ steeplechase in my hometown of Aiken SC and have ridden many trustworthy thoroughbreds to fox hunt and do basic English pleasure riding and I’ve always loved their big hearts, athleticism, and versatility. I purchased my Luna sight unseen through Bits & Bytes Farm with the goal of buying an athletic young amateur friendly prospect to be my dressage/jumper/trail horse and to grow and learn with. No regrets, and I am now setting a goal of trying for a bronze with her.
Submitted by Christine B. – This is me and my OTTB, Time And Chance (JC: Eepoppork Time). The photo is of his third-ever dressage show, and we are coming along at Introductory level this year, with big Training Level dreams for next spring! Submitted by Tiffany H. – Gio – Ottb 5 yrs old. A recent purchase and loving him! Very trainable and loving his new life. Very elastic! Can’t wait to show him next season
Submitted by Hannah S. – Chasing Venus is a retired racehorse who loves her job now as an amateur’s dressage horse. We show 2nd level together and are preparing for 3rd level! I love my thoroughbred!
Submitted by Becky S. – My OTTB Red as a 3 year old at track when I bought him… Submitted by Becky S. – Now he is my Grand Prix horse
Submitted by Jill S. – I adopted Dundee, a 2007 model by Medaglia d’Oro, “hot” off the track as a 3 year old from New Vocations. We’ve done a little bit of a lot of things, but last year he carried me to my USDF Silver Medal! He has the biggest heart of any horse I have ever ridden. Photo by Lisa Dean.