SARATOGA, N.Y. — Three Thoroughbred owners received The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Young Rider of the Year Awards, for 2018.
The young rider award, which recognizes riders 18 or younger who own or lease a Thoroughbred for use in 4-H, Pony Club, or other activities, has been awarded to Katelynn Krieger, Katie Kalfayan, and Caitlin McFarland.
Katelynn Krieger, 18, lives in Bushkill, Pa., and owns Texas Living, also known as Hollister. The pair has been together since 2012 and competes in jumpers. In 2017, the pair was named the T.I.P. Champion in the Jumper division and the Junior Rider division.
Krieger’s partnership with Hollister has inspired her to pursue a career as an equine veterinarian. She would like to put the funds from her award toward tuition at the University of Kentucky.
“Hollister was my first horse and is my forever horse,” said Krieger. “I could not be prouder of all that Hollister has accomplished in the six years that we have been partners.”
Katie Kalfayan, age 16, lives in Morganville, N.J., and leases Cattail Creek, also known as Norm. She competes in equitation and dressage and is a Youth Ambassador for T.I.P.
“Since becoming an ambassador, I have met so many other Thoroughbred lovers that are just as passionate as me and those that work incredibly hard to find ex-racehorses a loving final career,” Kalfayan said. “Additionally, I have learned more about racing, re-homing, and education of the general public on ex-racehorses.”
Kalfayan has been riding for more than a decade and fell in love with Thoroughbreds through her mother, who founded New Beginnings Thoroughbreds, a retraining and re-homing organization for ex-racehorses, in 2014. Kalfayan would like to use her funds to help support her goals of competing in equitation at the national level and riding in clinics.
Caitlin McFarland, age 15, is from Collegeville, Pa., and owns Alfar, or Ally, a 5-year-old Thoroughbred mare. McFarland adopted Ally from Turning for Home, a racehorse retirement program affiliated with Parx Racing, in July 2017.
Ally is McFarland’s third horse and second Thoroughbred. She plans to put her award toward her college fund or competing at the Kentucky Horse Park.
“I love Thoroughbreds because they all come with a different story, different backgrounds, and they have character,” McFarland said. I believe if you are willing to put the time and effort in, you can come so far and transform a Thoroughbred.”
Created and announced in October 2011, T.I.P. recognizes and rewards the versatility of the Thoroughbred through sponsorship of Thoroughbred classes and high point awards at sanctioned horse shows, year-end performance awards, a recreational riding program and non-competition awards. Additional information about T.I.P. is available at www.tjctip.com and on the T.I.P. Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tjctip.
The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club, directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms. It is the sole funding source for America’s Best Racing, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing. You can follow America’s Best Racing at americasbestracing.net. Additional information is available at jockeyclub.com.
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