Special Awards


America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred

MostWantedSponsored by: Nationwide Insurance Private Client and NFP Insurance

Presented by: Thoroughbred Charities of America

Awarded to the horse chosen as the most inspiring entry from among the 10 discipline winners. The winner is chosen by the audience (both viewing live in the arena, and viewing online around the world) and is determined by text message vote.

Cash prize: $10,000 to the winner

Past winners:

2017 – Old Tavern (Charlie Caldwell)

2016 – Fairway King (Lauren Turner)

2015 – Soar (Lindsey Partridge)

2014 – Icabad Crane (Phillip Dutton)


Thoroughbred Makeover Ambassador Award

AmbassadorSponsored by: TBA

Awarded to the Makeover trainer who most inspires an appreciation for the talent and trainability of the off-track Thoroughbred. All trainers in the competition are eligible, and the winner is determined by an online vote among RRP members.

Cash prize: $5,000, divided among the top five trainers

Past winners:

2017 – Kyle Rothfus

2016 – Michelle Craig

2015 – Olivia Dixon


Ira Schulman Rehoming Award

IRAIra Schulman started rehoming Thoroughbreds as a teenager in 1965, buying at Finger Lakes Racetrack in New York and selling to friends in the area. In the decades since, he has bought thousands of horses from nearly every racetrack in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He is believed to have rehomed more Thoroughbred racehorses than any other person or organization.

The inaugural Ira Schulman Award was given to Ira himself in 2017, in recognition of his 50-plus years of dedication to rehoming Thoroughbred ex-racehorses. Going forward, the award will be given to an individual who does what Ira does, and does it well. Individuals who have effectively and responsibly rehomed large numbers of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses can be nominated for the award.

Past winners:

2017 – Ira Schulman




Awarded to the highest-scoring Thoroughbred Makeover horse that was acquired thorough a CANTER listing.

CANTER affiliates assist racing owners and trainers by listing their horses for sale. Some CANTER affiliates take ownership of vulnerable horses for rehabilitation and training before rehoming.

Cash prize: $1,000

$500 and trophy cooler to highest scoring Makeover horse that was acquired through a CANTER listing; $300 and trophy cooler second highest scoring CANTER horse; $200 and trophy cooler to third highest scoring CANTER horse. 

Past winners:

2017 – Bowdrie (Lindsey Partridge)


Turning For Home Award

TurningHOmeSponsored by: Turning For Home

Trophy cooler and gift basket awarded to the highest-scoring Thoroughbred Makeover horse that was acquired through Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association’s Turning For Home program directly, or from one of its partner farms. 

Past winners:

2017 – Here Comes Adri (Lindsey Partridge)


Iron Horse Award

Sponsored by: MidAtlantic Horse Rescue

New for 2018; awarded to the highest-scoring Makeover “iron horse” — those horses who were foaled in 2008 or earlier.

Cash prize: $1,000


Top Louisiana-Bred Horse Award

Sponsored by: Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

New for 2018; awarded to the top-scoring Makeover horse bred in Louisiana.

Cash prize: $2,500


Top Maryland-Bred Horse Award

Sponsored by: Judy Hartman's Copper Beech Stables

New for 2018; awarded to the top-scoring Makeover horse bred in Maryland.

Cash prize: $2,500


Top Pennsylvania-Bred Horse Award

Sponsored by: Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association

New for 2018; awarded to the top-scoring Makeover horse bred in Pennsylvania.

Cash prize: $2,500


Pennsylvania HPBA Award

Sponsored by: Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association

New for 2018; awarded to any horse who raced at Penn National and wins or places second or third in a Makeover division.

Cash prize: $1,500

$1,000 to any Makeover division winner that raced at Penn National; $500 to second- and third-placed horses that raced at Penn National (prize money to be split if there are multiple winners).


Paulus Pony Award

Sponsored by: Changing Saddles LLC and Friends of Amy Paulus

New for 2018; trophy cooler awarded to the top-scoring Makeover horse sourced by Amy Paulus/Changing Saddles LLC

Cash prize: $500


New Vocations Award

Sponsored by: New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

New for 2018; trophy coolers awarded to the top-scoring junior, amateur, and professional mounted on New Vocations graduates. 



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