The Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium


Hundreds of horses, ten discipline champions, over $100,000 in prize money, one Thoroughbred Makeover Champion: the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, returns for 2024!

About the Thoroughbred Makeover


The largest Thoroughbred retraining competition in the world for recently-retired ex-racehorses


October 9-12, 2024


Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington

Who can participate?

Accepted trainers (professionals, amateurs, juniors and teams) who apply between January 2 - January 19, 2024, with Jockey Club-registered Thoroughbreds who marked a workout or race after July 1, 2022 and did not have more than 15 retraining rides prior to December 1, 2023. Late applications are also open through the end of June.

How are horses acquired for competition?

Trainers are responsible for acquiring their own eligible horses, whether through an aftercare organization, directly from track connections, or through a reselling agent. Trainers may opt to list their horse for sale via the Makeover Marketplace, but there is no requirement to sell the horse after competition.

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