Run for the Ribbons TB show set for Fla.

While competing her OTTB Fast Break, Laurine got the idea to create a horse show in Florida exclusively for Thoroughbreds.

While competing her OTTB Fast Break, Laurine got the idea to create a horse show in Florida exclusively for Thoroughbreds.

Third-generation horseman Laurine Barreira announced the creation of an all-Thoroughbred hunter/jumper show series open to all tattooed, registered and identified Thoroughbreds.

The Run for the Ribbons Horse Show, which offers $5,000 in cash and prizes, and is sponsored in part by the Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP), begins at 8 a.m., April 12, at Cedar Lock Farm South in Morriston, Fla.

Barreira, who co-owns Cedar Lock Farm, and is a Thoroughbred racehorse owner, breeder and trainer, says she decided to organize an exclusively Thoroughbred show after competing an OTTB in November in a mixed-breed show.

While competing her OTTB Fast Freight against Warmbloods, Barreira says she felt a bit “frustrated,” and that a show exclusively for Thoroughbreds was not available in Florida.

“When I was competing against the Warmbloods, I noticed that the Warmblood could pick up the wrong lead into the first jump, and although my horse nailed all his leads, the judges didn’t seem very happy with the Thoroughbreds,” she says. “Although we do have other shows in Florida that include Thoroughbreds, other breeds can compete as well. And, I think a show just for Thoroughbreds is needed.”

Working with seasoned Thoroughbred show organizers Georganne Hale, who successfully pulled off the popular Totally Thoroughbred Show at Pimlico, and Stacy Clark of Adena Springs Farm, Barreira is patterning the Run for the Ribbons Show after the successful Thoroughbred Alliance Horse Show Series.

Fast Break steps out on the show grounds of Florida.

Fast Break steps out on the show grounds of Florida.

The show will offer a little something for Thoroughbreds at all stages of their careers. An in-hand class will be offered for horses unable to compete under saddle, and other unique classes, including a War Horse Classic, for horses who have competed in 50 or more starts and earned over $100,000. A class for Florida-bred Thoroughbreds and for Stakes horses will also be offered, as well as a range of other classes, including a 3-foot hunter/jumper class.

Partners in the inaugural Run for the Ribbons Show series include Abigail Fuller, a former female jockey who captured the 1985 NY Filly Triple Crown aboard her father’s horse Mom’s Command, and Jorge Fuller-Vargas, Fuller’s son, and a jockey as well. Alan Lockhart, co-owner of Cedar Lock Farm South and Barreira’s brother, is also a partner.

Barreira estimates as many as 100 competitors will compete.

“We have undertaken this project as our effort in helping the aftercare programs for Thoroughbreds. The aftercare facilities and retraining programs are absolutely necessary to uphold the integrity of our industry,” Barreira told the Paulick Report in an interview. “We see this show series as being the next step beyond those facilities. We will give prospective buyers an incentive to adopt/buy a Thoroughbred and current OTTB owners a fun place to show off their stars! This is going to be a really fun event for Thoroughbred enthusiasts.”

Run for the Ribbons is still looking for sponsors. Those interested in becoming a show sponsor may visit, for further information, or send an email to, or call 774-328-1760.

3 responses to “Run for the Ribbons TB show set for Fla.”

  1. glenda bee on facebook

    saw your show flier at larsen hay warehouse this morning- great idea
    I have a TB i am trying to sell—Gold’s my choice—all breed pedigree shows
    his ped—-He is a palomino gelding—-asking $5200.—everything is negotiable–he rides, much ground work and is seasoned to obstacle course objects–they are very difficult—–also free jumps 36″ –currently is a pasture kid—but easy to catch and go for a trail ride—owner downsizing

  2. Fran

    Sounds like a blast!! Terrific!!

  3. Marilyn Lee-Hannah

    Great news! These shows awesome! I am only sorry that Prodigioso, The Everglades Horse will have left Florida by then. He is competing at HITS Ocala right now but coming back home to Canada in mid-March!

    Good luck and best wishes for a great show! The camaraderie we experience at OTTB shows is amazing…everyone happy for everyone else! No matter who takes home the ribbons, it’s a celebration of these wonderful horses!

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