Steuart Pittman, president and founder of the Retired Racehorse Training Project issued the following press release:
The Board of Directors of the Retired Racehorse Training Project announced today its selection of the 26 horse trainers who will participate in the RRTP Thoroughbred Makeover.
Each trainer will chronicle online the training of a Thoroughbred that has raced but had no training for a second career. All will appear at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland on the first weekend of October to show what the horses have learned. The event is called the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium and will include seminars, demonstrations, entertainment, and vendors.
RRTP, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing demand for Thoroughbreds off the track, received 142 applications from 29 states and Canada. The applicants were professionals, amateurs, and juniors and specialized in ten different equestrian disciplines.
“We were overwhelmed not only by the number of applicants, but also by the high quality, the diversity, and the passion of these trainers,” said RRTP President Steuart Pittman. “These are the people who work hard every single day educating these magnificent animals to ensure that their futures are secure.”
In alphabetical order the 26 participating trainers are as follows:
Marissa Bianchi, 32, and Carlos Gonzalez of Potomac, MD; Patricia Hechter-Bosley, 52, of St. Michaels, MD; Rebecca Bowman, 40, of Woodstock, GA; Heather Carlson, 45, of Milford, CT; Daniel Clasing, 26, of White Hall, MD; Katie Cooper, 32, of Owings Mills, MD; Billie Rae Croll, 33, of Lexington, VA; Nikki Egyed, 22, of Paso Robles, CA; Patti Fiedler, 47, of Pinellas Park, FL; Robin Hannah, 27, of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada; Jessica Bortner-Harris, 32, of Thurmond, NC; Dan James, 30, of Lexington, KY; Lara Borson Knight, 35, of Whites Creek, TN; Alexandra Knowles, 26, of Paris, KY; Emily Kocubinski, 33, of Philadelphia, PA; David Loman, 49, of Crofton, MD; Amber Lynn Longreen, 12, of Hummelstown, PA; Jessica Morthole, 31, of Camden, DE; Elissa Ogburn, 14, of Crownsville, MD; Mark Powers, 55, of East Palestine, OH; Nuno Santos, 43, of Reisterstown, MD; Jennifer Selvig, 32, of Savage, MN; Dale Simanton, 57, of Newell, SD; Erin Sylvester, 27, of Unionville, PA; Suzanne Wepplo, 31, of Minneapolis, MN; and Cathy Wieschoff, 54, of Lexington, KY.