KINO MCFARLAND TO COMPETE IN WORLD’S LARGEST RACEHORSE RETRAINING COMPETITION
03/05/2022

Kino McFarland, of Seattle, Washington, will travel to Kentucky to compete in the Retired Racehorse Project’s $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover

Online PR News – 05-March-2022 – Seattle, WA – Kino McFarland, of Seattle, Washington, will travel to Kentucky, the heart of horse country, to compete in the Retired Racehorse Project’s $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover on October 12-15, 2022. The event, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), is the largest retraining competition in the world for retired racehorses.

Designed to showcase the versatility and athletic potential of Thoroughbreds beyond the racetrack, the 2022 event welcomes 482 trainers who have signed up to bring a total of 505 horses. This year’s class of trainers come from 45 states and Canadian provinces, along with an ever-growing waitlist of additional applicants. New trainers will be working with retired race-horses that have less than 10 months of retraining for a new career since their retirement from racing.

Kino McFarland will be competing her horse in the dressage division, which focuses on the demonstration of control, suppleness, and the horse’s ability and willingness to perform the movements the test asks for. – https://www.tbmakeover.org/images/2022/2022_RRPRulebook_ONLINE.pdf

Kino McFarland’s horse, Timber Jenny, is a 2018 Washington-bred mare by Coast Guard and out of You Me and Ema B. Timber Jenny raced three times at Emerald Downs and retired in May of 2021. She was listed on the Facebook group Retiring Racehorses – Pa-cific NW, and Kino instantly fell in love. “She’s a spunky and opinionated mare,” Kino says of Timber Jenny, “but she’s also super goofy. She loves to play. She even throws her feed pan across the stall aisle when she’s bored.”

Kino McFarland, also a filmmaker and escape artist, began riding in 1994 when she was eight years old. She has ridden in a variety of disciplines from western pleasure to jump-ers, including some time as a polo groom and exercise rider. Timber Jenny is the first horse she’s restarted herself and when she realized that the horse was eligible for the Thoroughbred Makeover, she decided to apply. Thoroughbreds have been a lifelong passion of McFarland’s and participating in the Makeover has been a dream of hers for a long time.

The application process for the 2022 Thoroughbred Makeover required trainers to complete a “horseman’s resume” that detailed their training and competition experience and included rid-ing video, allowing the application committee the best possible look at applicants’ experience levels and their ability to bring along a recently-retired Thoroughbred and compete at a large venue with a big environment. Applicants also furnished letters from their veterinarians stating that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to appropriately care for a horse transition-ing off the track.

“The Retired Racehorse Project’s charitable mission is to increase demand for Thoroughbred ex-racehorses as riding horses for sport or pleasure. The RRP accomplishes this through a combination of education, service and inspiration, and our flagship event, the Thoroughbred Makeover, has become a key part of that inspiration piece,” said RRP executive director, Kirsten Green. “Accepted trainers have 10 months or less to prepare their horses to compete in one or two of ten discipline options and the culminating result is a true showcase of the ver-satility and trainability of the breed. Over the years, juniors and amateurs across all disciplines have been competitive against professional trainers, proving that with a good horseman in the tack, there truly is a Thoroughbred out there to suit any need.”

The Retired Racehorse Project exists to facilitate placement of retired Thoroughbred race-horses in second careers by increasing demand for them in equestrian sports. The creation of the Thoroughbred Makeover, which offers more than $100,000 in prize money, is designed to showcase their equine athletes in second careers. For more information and statistics, visit TBMakeover.org.

About the Retired Racehorse Project: The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization working to increase demand for off-track Thoroughbreds in the eques-trian world. In addition to producing the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposi-um the world’s largest and most lucrative retraining competition for recently-retired racehors-es, the organization also publishes Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine, produces the Master Class retraining clinic series, and presents programming at major horse expos and events around the country. The RRP maintains an educational library of content to empower more equestrians to ride a Thoroughbred.