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Thoroughbred makeover energetic new force in horse industry - Maryland Horse Breeders Association

by Ross Peddicord

Chalk up one more “first” for Maryland.

After three jaw-dropping days proving that Thoroughbreds can flourish in second careers—even jobs you thought they might never excel in such as carriage driving or barrel racing--the Thoroughbred Makeover, born in the Free State, has burst on the national scene.

Home for the event this year—and next year—is the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Want to be inspired—or re-inspired—to love horses and horse sports? The Makeover is a Must.

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Rumsey Keefe and Eighttofasttocatch

Marylanders were prominent among the contestants at this year’s event, held Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 25. Among the 180 horses and their trainers this year were Michelle Warro from Annapolis, trainer and rider of Maryland-bred Best Things InLife, winner of the Eventing discipline and third in the Dressage competition for owner/breeder Cynthia McGinnes; owner/trainer/rider Rebecca Walters, the Top Amateur Show Jumper rider who was second with Maryland-bred Feet Included in the Show Jumper division; trainer Colleen Rutledge and owner Patricia Dale, whose Your A To Z’s was third in Eventing; and Maryland-bred millionaire Eighttofasttocatch, trained and ridden by Rumsey Keefe to compete in Eventing. Marylanders were also represented in disciplines such as Competitive Trail, Polo and Show Hunter.

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Rebecca Walters and Feet Included

Next year founder Steuart Pittman of Davidsonville promises the event will be even bigger and better, with probably more than 1,000 trainers vying for a spot in the finals.

“The Maryland horse industry has been doing Thoroughbred Makeovers since the 1700s,” he said. “We’ve always used our horses for everything from foxhunting to ploughing the garden. Now we are showing the rest of the world how to do it.”

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Michelle Warro and Best Things Inlife

Here are the Team Maryland Results:


Owner Trainer Horse MD Connection Discipline 1 Discipline 2 100">Results Sire Dam Dam Sire Breeder State Foaled DOB Color Sex
MidAtlantic Horse Rescue Beverly Strauss A Miracle's On MD Owner/ Trainer Competitive Trail 10th Show Hunter scratch In a Walk My Foriels On My Mike Margie Averett LA 2012 Chestnut Gelding
Cynthia McGinnes Michelle Warro  Best Things InLife MD Bred, MD Owner/ Owner Eventing 1st Dressage 3rd Majestic Warrior Calldara Sultry Song Thornmar Farm MD 2011 Bay Gelding
Allison Kraus Allison Kraus  Brawl MD Bred, MD Owner/ Owner Show Hunter DNF? Eventing scratch Holy Bull Piersixer Sea Wall Thornmar Farm MD 2010 Grey Gelding
Nicole McKinley Nicole McKinley Cattail Creek MD Bred Show Hunter 27th Freestyle 19th Tale of the Cat Chrusciki Polish Numbers Nancy Lee Farms MD 2009 Brown Gelding
Neil R. Agate Neil R. Agate Demon MD Owner/ Trainer Polo 4th Polo Top Amateur - Devil His Due Hill Top Honey Bounding Basque Westerly Horse Farm, Inc. NY 2009 Chestnut Mare
Timothy Keefe Rumsey Keefe Eighttofasttocatch MD Bred, MD Owner/ Owner Eventing 9th - - Not For Love Too Fast to Catch Nice Catch Dark Hollow Farm and Herringswell Stable MD 2006 Chestnut Gelding
Emily Carter Kelsey Siegel El Piston MD Owner/ Trainer Show Jumper Scratch - - Prospect Bay Morelias Star Star Trace Suzanne Dempsey WV 2005 Grey Gelding
Rebecca Walters  Rebecca Walters  Feet Included MD Bred, MD Owner/ Trainer Show Jumper 2nd Show Jumper Top Amateur - Include Fleet and Fancy Touch Gold Glade Valley Farms Inc MD 2009 Brown Gelding
Nell Byrd Noell Nuno Santos Freddie G MD Owner/ Trainer Dressage 17th Freestyle 16th Old Fashioned Celtic Melody Mr. Greeley Sequel Thoroughbreds LLC & Hidden Lake Farm LLC NY 2011 Grey C
Jenny Searles Jenny Searles Ginger MD Owner/ Trainer Eventing 38th Show Jumper 15th Stephen Got Even Holly Rae Marquetry Ken Posco MA 2010 Bay Mare
MidAtlantic Horse Rescue Beverly Strauss Glancing Blow MD Owner/ Trainer Show Hunter Scratch Competitive Trail 9th Langfuhr Mingling Glances Woodman Maple Leaf Farm PA 2010 Chestnut Gelding
MidAtlantic Horse Rescue Beverly Strauss Go Liberty Go MD Owner/ Trainer Competitive Trail 12th - - Griffinite Clear Pouch Pembroke Vincent Scuderi NY 2010 Bay Gelding
Jennifer Wayne Jennifer Wayne I'm Sure MD Owner/ Trainer Dressage 26th Field Hunter scratch Broken Vow Sure Cure Cure the Blues Mr and MRs Jose Samaniego PA 2005 Bay Gelding
Elissa Ogburn Elissa Ogburn Land Run MD Owner/ Trainer Eventing 34th Dressage 16th Pioneering Mystique de Marti High Brite Celestial Acres Stud Inc OK 2007 Chestnut Gelding
Jennifer Osterman  Jennifer Osterman  Melancolia MD Owner/ Trainer Dressage Scratch - - Revival Song Salerosa Count On Steve Mr and Mrs Charles Cuprill PA 2009 Brown Mare
Patricia Dale Colleen Rutledge Navajo Ca Lo MD Owner/ Trainer Eventing Scratch - - Majestic Warrior Notroubleatall Gone West Hurricane Boys LLC KY 2010 Bay Gelding
Jane Allen Blayman Jane Allen Blayman Rattle Awhile MD Bred, MD Owner/ Trainer Show Hunter 28th Show Jumper 27th Freefourinternet Miss Amazona Track Barron Monica Shneider MD 2009 Brown Mare
Anastasia Vialov Anastasia Vialov Vow Of Honor MD Owner/ Trainer Show Hunter 10th - - Broken Vow Lady Rushmoore Wild Rush Janet Erwin KY 2009 Dkbbr Mare
Patricia Dale Colleen Rutledge Your A To Z's MD Owner/ Trainer Eventing 3rd - - Your ABC's Me Little Kate Notebook Harold Shotwell WV 2010 Chestnut Gelding

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