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TAKE2 Thoroughbred League’s 2017 Dates Set

Floral Park, NY…The TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program today announced the qualifying period for the TAKE2 Thoroughbred League’s 2017 season, which will run from Oct. 3, 2016 through Aug. 27, 2017, for both the Hunter and Jumper Divisions. Created in 2015 to highlight the accomplishments of retired racehorses in the show ring, the TAKE2 Thoroughbred League is a member-based initiative that offers participating hunters and jumpers the chance to win a total of $30,000 in year-end awards. With 315 host shows, the League boasted just shy of 200 members, representing 31 states, this season.  Click here for the complete payout schedule. Competitors: Enroll your Thoroughbred in the TAKE2 League now! TAKE2 Thoroughbred League members earn points in affiliated USEF Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Divisions at horse shows nationwide. The annual membership fee is $50 per registered Thoroughbred. To join or renew your membership for 2017, go to www.take2tbreds.com/become-a-member/ or click here to download the registration form. The deadline for enrollment is one week following the final day of the competition at which points are earned.

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Q&A With Hunter Star And OTTB Campaigner Ashley Williams

madeline bell flocks and little lion man screenshot via youtubeJumper Nation: You may have noticed that an off-the-track Thoroughbred (OTTB) placed fourth at Junior Hunter Finals. That’s right . . . an OTTB. Because I found this story so exciting and full of hope for the breed, I followed up with the horse’s owner, Ashley Williams to learn a bit more about this ex-racehorse and his path to success in the hunter ring. I hope that you will find this interview as full of promise as I do. Remember, there are OTTBs out there looking for a home everyday. A lot of them may be a bit banged up, skinny, or hot… but knowing what is under the racehorse is the great secret. Cheers to Ashley for seeing through the racehorse to the winning show horse! And this special guy is for sale. (Check out his sale advertisement here). He deserves a special show home that will allow him to showcase what the American Thoroughbred is capable of achieving.

Q: What other accolades or accomplishments does Little Lion Man have under his belt?

A: He has a good amount of experience for his young age. Exactly a year ago from Junior Hunter Finals he made his Hunter debut up in Vermont in the TAKE2 Thoroughbred Hunter division where he was reserve champion. Since then I dabbled him in both the jumper and hunter ring and he proved to shine in the hunters where he has since stayed. He had the highest first round score in a USHJA National Hunter derby out of 31 where he jumped around with some of the best and ended up sixth. He was champion first time out with his catch rider Maddie Flocks (who rides for Lauren Newmeyer) at Saratoga Springs where she had literally only tried him one time prior (and it was her first time riding a horse as she is an excellent pony rider!). Junior Hunter finals was only her third show ever riding him! He is that easy!

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Thoroughbreds Thrive At Vermont Summer Festival

Jump Media: East Dorset, VT – Patricia Hurter of Harvard, MA, was crowned champion of the $1,400 TAKE2 Thoroughbred Jumper Division during week five of the Vermont Summer Festival, continuing a season of success and popularity for the TAKE2 Thoroughbred divisions. The Vermont Summer Festival runs for six consecutive weeks, from July 5 through August 14, at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT. The TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program is committed to promoting and developing second careers for racehorses once they have retired from the track. Launched in 2012 by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA), in collaboration with the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. (NYTB), TAKE2 funds prize money and awards in hunter and jumper classes restricted to Thoroughbreds that are eligible to be registered with The Jockey Club. Hurter and her own Nine Links, a seven-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, won two of their 1.0m classes at the Vermont Summer Festival and were second in another to take champion in the TAKE2 Thoroughbred jumper division. “He was super,” said Hurter of the mount she has owned for two years. “He marched around clean and fast, and was awesome. Everything comes up quickly with him because he is so fast, but he is also very careful.”

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Fasig-Tipton Signs On As TAKE2 Supporter

The team at Fasig-Tipton is hard at work getting ready for their premier Saratoga Sale, which celebrates its 96th edition Aug. 8-9. But all of the focus is not on the superstars of tomorrow that will parade through the sales ring at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion next week. Fasig-Tipton also has underlined its advocacy for Thoroughbred aftercare with a generous donation to the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc. “Fasig-Tipton is not only one of the leading sales companies in the world, but also is one of the most dedicated and philanthropic members of the Thoroughbred community,” NYTHA President Rick Violette Jr. said. “They have a history of commitment to our industry’s charitable causes, and we are grateful that TAKE2 has been added to the long list of organizations they support.” TAKE2, launched in 2012, is sponsored by co-founders New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) and New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. (NYTB). The program offers prize money and awards for Thoroughbred-only Hunter and Jumper classes at more than 300 horse shows nationwide, highlighting the success of Thoroughbreds as show horses and creating more opportunities for retiring racehorses in need of second careers.

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TAKE2 Continues Sponsorship of Thoroughbred Divisions at VSF


TAKE2 Continues Sponsorship of Hunter and Jumper Thoroughbred Divisions at Vermont Summer FestivalThe Plaid Horse:
East Dorset, Vermont – Hunter and jumper Thoroughbred divisions will return to the Vermont Summer Festival for the fourth consecutive year thanks to a generous sponsorship from the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program. Held at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT, the six-week Vermont Summer Festival, running July 5 through August 14, is the richest sporting event based on purse in Vermont with more than $750,000 in prize money on offer.

This year’s Vermont Summer Festival will feature a $500 Thoroughbred Hunter Division and a $1,400 Thoroughbred Jumper Division during each of the six weeks of competition.

Founded by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, in collaboration with the New York Thoroughbred Breeders and New York Racing Association, TAKE2 offers hunter and jumper classes for registered Thoroughbreds nationwide. In addition, members of the TAKE2 Thoroughbred League have an opportunity to win a total of $30,000 in year-end awards. This year’s TAKE2 high-point hunter and jumper awards will be presented at the Capital Challenge Horse Show held October 1-9, 2016, in Upper Marlboro, MD.

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Aftercare Program a Priority for Schosberg

Aftercare Program a Priority for SchosbergBlood-Horse: On a recent Saturday morning at Belmont Park, trainer Rick Schosberg sat in his office, his dozen or so horses in their stalls after morning training. Within minutes, his attention is needed again, not by his barn staff or one of his horses, but by another trainer with a horse whose racing days have come to an end. “I got one for you,” the trainer said, and Schosberg switched seamlessly from trainer of horses to administrator of TAKE THE LEAD, the backstretch equine retirement program of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, on whose board Schosberg sits and for which he serves as secretary/treasurer. Since being elected to the board five years ago, Schosberg has been as active a presence in boardrooms and the state legislature as he has been on the backstretch. The trainer of graded stakes winners Maria’s Mon (the 1995 2-year-old champion), As Indicated, Mossflower, Affirmed Success, and Giant Moon feels an obligation to serve the people and the animals that have made his success possible. “I’m very passionate about it,” he said. “I love the backstretch and I love helping people and especially the horses.”

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Standing Ovation: TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program

StCTk2TB(5-8-15)0081  Take 2 TBred HunterHorse Nation: Last year, the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc. announced a preliminary schedule that included more than 120 affiliated horse shows nationwide. This year, there are already more than 240 horse shows in 23 states committed to hosting TAKE2 Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper divisions, and that number is expected to increase. Two major Florida circuits, the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington and HITS in Ocala, have expanded their partnership and will offer TAKE2 classes every week of the 2016 12-week winter season. TAKE2 Thoroughbreds have also been in the spotlight in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia this month. Click here for the up-to-date schedule. The success of the TAKE2 program was given a huge boost by the introduction of the new USEF-approved C-rated Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Divisions in 2015. Last year also marked the unveiling of the TAKE2 Thoroughbred League, a member-based initiative that rewards participating Hunters and Jumpers with the chance to win a total of $30,000 in year-end awards, with prize money paid out to 10th place in each division.  More than 160 Thoroughbreds were enrolled in the League in its first season, and the award winners hailed from 13 different states.

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TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Is Taking It to Florida

671-118_4647Wellington, FL…There’s plenty of crossover between our world and the jumper ring this time of the year, with many snowbird eventers hitting up the winter horse show circuit to up their game. Thanks to the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program, we’ve now got one more reason to work some some straight-up show jumping into our pre-season schedule. Launched in 2012, TAKE2 funds prize money and awards in hunter and jumper classes restricted to Jockey Club registered Thoroughbreds. The goal is to highlight the success of Thoroughbreds as show horses and help further create a market for OTTBs. Since its inception the Program has developed from a startup initiative offered at just a handful of AA-rated shows in New York, New Jersey and Texas to a still-expanding juggernaut that encompasses 23 states. 2015 was a big year for TAKE2, with a big boost coming from the introduction of the new USEF-approved C-rated Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Divisions as well as its introduction of the TAKE2 Thoroughbred League. The League is a member-based initiative that rewards participating members with the chance to win a total of $30,000 in year-end awards.

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Stephanie Cook Has A New Lease On Life And A Good Thoroughbred

Take2JprKaty, TX…Stephanie Cook’s goal for the year with Texas Checkmate was to top the Take2 Thoroughbred League’s jumper standings, but a rotational fall from another horse in May resulted in a broken pelvis, a broken C-5 vertebrae and 12 broken ribs and seemingly ended that campaign. But with the help of good friends and a lot of determination, Cook endured 12 weeks of rehab, “Checkers” continued earning points, and she was back in the saddle in time to finish out the season and win the 2015 year-end standings. A fan of Thoroughbreds since her junior days riding project horses from Monmouth Park racetrack (N.J.), there was never any doubt to Cook that they were her breed of choice. “If given any kind of choice, I’ll pick a Thoroughbred first, no doubt, because I understand how they think. I can figure out what makes them tick because I’ve known them my whole life growing up.” Cook’s taken a varied path to become the professional trainer she is today with a barn full of riders ranging from age 5 to nearly 60 in the hunter, jumper and pony rings.

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TAKE2 Thoroughbred League Releases 2015 Year-End Standings

DSC_1053Take2HunterWEBThe TAKE2 Thoroughbred League, offering $30,000 in year-end awards, today announced the final standings for the 2015 season. The League’s High-Score Hunter was Jeff Ayers’s Scorpio, who bested Scotty Sherman’s Feather by 391 points. The competition in TAKE2’s High-Score Jumper division was closer, with Stephanie Cook’s Texas Checkmate winning over Julie Seraphin’s No Sunday Sales by 104 points. Jeff Ayers and Scorpio would have been the even-money favorites if there had been betting on the race for year-end honors, but Stephanie Cook and Texas Checkmate might have been 50-1 to earn the championship. Cook, seriously injured in a fall in June, miraculously was back in the saddle by September, and Texas Checkmate surged to the front in the last three weeks of the season.  “It took a village” to get to the top of the TAKE2 standings, said Cook, who went through 12 weeks of intensive rehab after suffering a shattered pelvis and nine broken ribs in the riding accident. “I couldn’t have done it alone.”

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