Thoroughbreds can strut their stuff for serious prizes at Stable View this October. Photo courtesy of Christine Quinn Photography.

Thoroughbred owners, take note: the Thoroughbred Incentive Program Championships are winging their way to us pretty swiftly, and from October 6-9, some of the country’s coolest ex-racehorses will be battling for top honours at Stable View in Aiken. This year, Stable View will be hosting a number of divisions: beyond the combined training class, we’ll also see hunters, jumpers, English pleasure, and English in-hand championships, plus the East Coast Dressage T.I.P. Championship show.

This year, there have been some exciting changes made, with an extra day of competition added in to make the Championships bigger and better the ever. Combined test competitors will now compete on the Friday, which will also see the start of the dressage championship, and the Graze & Gaze will be open from 5-7pm on Friday and Saturday evenings, making your Championship experience as jolly as possible. We’re also highly excited about the Rider Lounges, which will be well-stocked with water, tea, coffee stations, fruit, and snacks. We love snacks around here.

Frankly, though, we’ve got to talk about the prizes – because T.I.P. isn’t messing around this year! There’s a total of $50,000 in prize money up for grabs across the divisions, which will definitely buy you a few more Thoroughbreds, if you’re a savvy shopped — and beyond that, there’s ribbons, sashes, coolers, hats, bags, tumblers, and more for the lucky winners and High Point Junior and Adult Amateur riders. There’s also special prizes and awards for horses who’ve been adopted through Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accredited organisations, and for those who’ve taken part in the Retired Racehorse Project Makeover series. Plus, there’s a cheeky $500 up for grabs for the In-Hand Championships, which seems like a pretty good day in the office to us.

The qualification and entry deadline for the T.I.P. Championships at Stable View is coming up fast — you’ve got until August 31 to get those declarations in here. For information on qualifying, click here. Heading to the Championships? Make sure to use the #goeventing hashtag so we can see your horses thriving in their second careers — you could even appear on EN!

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