|Monday, October 04, 2021||Contact: Kristin Werner (859) 224-2720|
|The Jockey Club’s T.I.P. Program Announces Non-Competition Award Winners|
The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) today announced the recipients of its two non-competition awards, the T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the T.I.P. Young Rider of the Year Award, for 2021.
The Thoroughbred of the Year Award recognizes a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as equine-assisted therapy or police work, and includes a $5,000 grant to the non-profit organization associated with the horse or, if no organization is associated with the horse, to a horse-related charity chosen by The Jockey Club.
This year’s winner is Fahey, registered with The Jockey Club as Rock the Mountain, a 26-year-old gelding who assists with riding lessons and therapeutic programs at New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding Foundation in Palos Hills, Illinois. He raced 35 times, winning two races and earning $23,077. Before joining New Beginnings, Fahey was a member of the Chicago Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit. He was named after William Fahey, a Chicago police officer killed in the line of duty.
“Fahey is a trusted horse for our riders, as he has a kind temperament and calm demeanor,” said Mary Hensley of New Beginnings. “He has an affinity for those with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Thus, he is well-suited to participate in the New Beginnings ‘One Good Day’ clinics that are offered to veterans and first responders as well. In this new day of COVID-19, he is also a respite and a friend to those who are in need of a confidant.”
The young rider award, which recognizes riders 18 or younger who own or lease a Thoroughbred for use in 4-H, Pony Club, or other activities, has been awarded to Victoria Klapper, Dafna Heule, and Kaylynn Berry.
Victoria Klapper, 17, owns three off-the-track Thoroughbreds and has competed in jumpers. She plans to use her award funds to help pay for college.
“Before I owned my personal horses, I rode a variety of school horses,” Klapper said. “The variety of horses I was exposed to gave me the opportunity to discover what kind of horses I worked best with. Thoroughbreds stood out to me. They are versatile, athletic, loyal, intelligent, and highly underrated.”
Dafna Heule, 18, leases Ahh Ahh Chew, also known as Chewie, and they compete in eventing. Heule would like to put her award funds toward training a new off-the-track Thoroughbred once her lease with Chewie ends.
“Two summers before my time at the Equest Center, I lived in the Netherlands where I horseback rode frequently,” Heule said. “One day, I asked my trainer his favorite breed and he responded with ‘Thoroughbred.’ In a world where many well-established riders only value warmbloods, his answer stuck with me. So as I worked with the horses at the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, I remembered his words and my thoughts began to evolve. I began to think of Thoroughbreds as not only a warm sentiment of my childhood, but as athletes filled with potential that I hoped to ride for the rest of my life.”
Kaylynn Berry, 15, owns New Blane, also known as Unsolved Mystery (barn name: Myst), and they compete in jumpers. Berry is a T.I.P. Youth Ambassador. Berry would like to use her award toward competing in rated shows and college tuition.
“Myst and I do so good together because we have a really good connection, like we can read each other’s minds,” Berry said. “He is my absolute heart horse.”
Created and announced in October 2011, The Jockey Club T.I.P. recognizes and rewards the versatility of the Thoroughbred through sponsorship of Thoroughbred classes and high point awards at sanctioned horse shows, year-end performance awards, a recreational riding program, and non-competition awards. Additional information about T.I.P. is available at tjctip.com and on the T.I.P. Facebook page at facebook.com/tjctip.