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.
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.
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.”
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|