February 22, 2016 by RAZERHORSE BLOG
Razerhorse is excited to participate in the journey of a young barrel horse trainer and her off-track Thoroughbred, Striker, as they train to compete in the amateur division of the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover.
The event requires each trainer to acquire a Thoroughbred that raced after October 1, 2014 and had no second career training before this year. Nearly 500 trainers will ship to the Kentucky Horse Park on the last weekend of October to compete in ten equestrian disciplines including eventing (132), show hunters (98), show jumpers (64), dressage (61), barrel racing (34), working ranch (22), freestyle (21), field hunter (20), competitive trails (18), and polo (17).
“With the carrot of $100,000 in prize money, lots of promotion, and a buzz among the horse industry too loud to ignore, we have recruited trainers who are leaders in their sports. Many of these trainers have barns full of warmbloods and Quarter Horses. Some grew up on Thoroughbreds and feel like this is coming home. Others are trying something completely new,” said Retired Racehorse Project President Steuart Pittman.
Brittany Wright of Savannah, TN is one such trainer. She grew up on the back of OTTBs and is excited to spread the word about them in the western world too.
“They’re so versatile, athletic and smart. I believe when trained and handled the right way they can do anything,” says Wright. “I grew up in the hunter ring, traveling all over doing the AA circuit and equitation. When I met my husband he did rodeo and had Quarter horses, which was something I wasn’t familiar with. Over the last 5 years, I have trained with a great team and switched over to barrels.”
Wright will compete against 161 amateurs with Strike A Balance (Striker), a 2012 dark bay gelding by Smart Strike out of Balance by Thunder Gulch. Striker was injured in his last race on September 26, 2015 when a dirt clod flew up and hit his eye, causing a corneal ulcer. Striker is healed and ready to start his journey in his second career.
Strike A Balance’s Stats
- $10,570 in earnings, 7 starts, 0 wins
- Bred in KY by Mrs. Jerry Amerman, trained by Brian A. Lynch
- His dam, Balance was a multiple Grade 1 Stakes winner and is a half sister to 13-time Grade 1 winner and 2010 Horse of the Year, Zenyatta
- Brother to Mr. Besilu who sold for a record 4.2 million dollars in 2009
- Paternal half brother to the mighty Curlin
Let’s wish them all the best of luck during training and for the Thoroughbred Makeover in October.