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Special Awards


America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred

Sponsored by: Nationwide and NFP Private Client 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

2018 Winner: Reloaded (Elisa Wallace)

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

Sponsored 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.

2018 Winner: Jen Ruberto

Past winners:

2017 – Kyle Rothfus

2016 – Michelle Craig

2015 – Olivia Dixon


Ira Schulman Rehoming Award

Sponsored by: Tiffany Teeter

Ira 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. Ira passed away in March 2018 at the age of 80, a few months after receiving the award.

2018 Winner: Amy Lynn Paulus

Past winners:

2017 – Ira Schulman



Sponsored by: CANTER USA

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. 

2018 Winner: Tripple Reward (Megan Waelti)
Second Place: B's Honey (Sarah Coltrin)
Third Place: Tanyas Pride (Courtney Asdourian)

Past winners:

2017 – Bowdrie (Lindsey Partridge)


Turning For Home Award

Sponsored 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. 

2018 Winner: BK's Angus (Lauren Lindsay)

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

2018 Winners:
Winner: Father Mick (Ashley Lilley)
Junior Winner: Shraded Edge (Evelyn Jones)


Top Louisiana-Bred Horse Award

Sponsored by: Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

Awarded to the top-scoring Makeover horse bred in Louisiana. Winnings will be split in the event of a tie.

Cash prize: $4,000

2018 Winner: Interactif Spy (Morgan Boyer)


Top Maryland-Bred Horse Award

Sponsored by: Judy Hartman's Copper Beech Stables

Awarded to the top-scoring Makeover horse bred in Maryland.

Cash prize: $3,000

2018 Winner: Better Wise Up (Johannah Stahl)


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

2018 Winner: BK's Angus (Lauren Lindsay)


Pennsylvania HBPA Award

Sponsored by: Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association & New Start

Awarded to any horse that came through the PA HBPA New Start program or were obtained from a Penn National based trainer and wins or places second or third in a Makeover division.

Cash prizes

$1000 for 1st, $500 for 2nd, and $500 for 3rd. Trainers must declare eligibility at time of entry and PA HBPA will confirm eligibility.

Contact Lauren Zagnit at (717) 645-6615 for questions or eligibility requirements.

2018 Winner: Miss Classy (Jade Wirick)


Top New York-Bred Award

Sponsored by: New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, New York Racing Association, and New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc.

Awarded to the top-scoring Makeover horse bred in New York.

Cash prize: $5,000

2018 Winner (Tie): Miss Classy (Jade Wirick)
and Looking My Way (Tik Maynard)

Second Place: Space Ranger (Madison Chisholm)


Top California-Bred Horse Award

Sponsored by: Georgia B. Ridder Foundation in honor of the work done by After the Finish Line

Awarded to the top-scoring Makeover horse bred in California

Cash prize: $2,500

2018 Winner: Baker's Acclaim (Taylor Whipple)


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

2018 Winner: Regal Justice (Toni Harmon)

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. 

2018 Winners:

Top Junior: Toni The Tigress (Amber Longreen)
Top Amateur: Win Chance (Marissa Mahoney)
Top Professional: Alum (Leandra Cooper)

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Top Amateur


Top Professional


Roses of Sharon Memorial Award

Sponsored by: Jen Ruberto and the Ruberto Family

New for 2018; the Roses For Sharon Memorial Award was created to honor the lives of Sharon Ruberto and Rose Arbogast. To be eligible for the award, a horse must have begun and ended their racing careers with the same owner, trainer or both on record. They need not to have had stayed with those connections the entire time (could have been claimed or sold) but they must have returned to them. Minimum of at least 5 starts.

Cash prize: $1,000

2018 Winner: Big Ralph (Alison Wilaby)


Delaware Park Horse Aftercare Initiative Special Award

Sponsored by: CANTER Delaware, Delaware Park Racing, Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, and MidAtlantic Horse Rescue

New for 2018; awarded to the three highest placing Makeover horses that raced at Delaware Park. Eligible horses must have either been listed through CANTER Delaware, retired from racing at Delaware Park, or raced at least 50% of their career at Delaware Park.

Cash prizes

$500 to top finisher, $300 to second place finisher, and $200 to third place finisher.

2018 Winner: Lovely Lad (Alison Chubb)
Second Place: Love the Beat (Emily Johnson)
Third Place: Here Comes Trouble (Anna Cox)


TAA Graduate Award

Sponsored by: Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

New for 2018; $1,500 cash prize and other gifts will be divided between the rider of the highest-placed TAA horse and the TAA-accredited organization that rehomed or is in the process of retraining that horse. Eligible horses must have been adopted from or currently with a TAA-accredited organization.

Cash prize: $1,500

2018 Winner: Okie Jazz (Nicole St. Martin)


Thoroughbred Charities of America Award

Sponsored by: Thoroughbred Charities of America

New for 2018; a gift bag donated by Farnam will be awarded to the rider of the highest placing horse in each division that was acquired through a 2017 or 2018 TCA grant recipient organization.

2018 Winners:
Barrels: The Love Monkey (Holly Longest)
Competitive Trail: Demarlboro (Houston Buflod)
Dressage: Sharp Game (Nancy Saunders)
Eventing: Larry's Quest (Ashley Minion)
Field Hunters: Lovely Livia (Linnea Boyce)
Freestyle: Delightfully (Amy Lent)
Polo: Toni The Tigress (Amber Longreen)
Ranch Work: Gold Room Scotty (Alex Tyson)
Show Hunter: Our Twist of Fate (Rebecca Jones)
Show Jumper: Power Plant (Charly Miller)


Best Turned Out Award

Sponsored by: Nina Bonnie

New for 2018; a trophy halter will be awarded to the best turned-out horse and rider pair in each division.

2018 Winners:
Barrels: Radar Gun (Lauralea Glaser)
Competitive Trail: Mollydooker (Jennifer Glaser)
Dressage: Scootin Newton (Jacqueline Schwartz)
Eventing: Sharp Johnny (Elisa Wallace)
Field Hunters: Command the Stars (Emma Engel) and Slew the Zodiac (Brit Vegas)
Freestyle: Flat Leaver (Sarah Hepler)
Polo: Tanyas Pride (Courtney Asdourian)
Ranch Work: Bookew Bucks (Juan Pereira)
Show Hunter: Dusty Bottoms (Chris Bennings)
Show Jumper: Power Plant (Charly Miller)


Wild and Wonderful Awards

Sponsored by: Charles Town HBPA 

New for 2019; $1,000 to any division winner and $500 to second or third placements. To be eligible, horse must have made a minimum of 6 starts at Charles Town OR one start at Charles Town and be a West Virginia-Bred. 

Cash prizes

$1,000 to any division winner,  $500 to any second and third place finisher.

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