NEW YORK, N.Y. — T.I.P. also announced its Youth Ambassadors for the 2019 T.I.P. Youth Ambassador Program. Two of the 13 ambassadors hail from New Jersey. The ambassadors represent 11 states and cover multiple disciplines, including hunters, jumpers, eventing, and dressage.

Katie Kalfayan, Morganville, N.J. competes in hunter, jumper and dressage with her horse, Flo Rida, a.k.a., Petey.

“My favorite thing about riding is the bond I get to form with my horse and just getting to spend time with them. [The most important aspects of horsemanship are] patience — especially when working with young Thoroughbreds, it's important to be patient; and passion — you have to truly love horses to succeed in this sport. It's the only one where you have to control a 1,200 pound animal!”

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Olive Stern competes in the hunters with Royal Ring, a.k.a. Duchess.

“I would like to tell people to keep their minds open to Thoroughbreds with all of the joy they can bring, but also to the amazing opportunity we have as riders to give a horse a second chance and to provide happiness for them.”

The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) will offer awards and classes at more than 1,300 shows in 42 states and six Canadian provinces in 2019.

Awards are available for multiple disciplines, including eventing, dressage, Western and English pleasure, hunter/jumper, endurance, Western performance, games, and polocrosse. Awards are also available at some events for Thoroughbreds within their first two years of showing or for Thoroughbreds within two years of their last start.

A full calendar of shows offering awards is available at www.tjctip.com/CalendarOfEvents.

In addition, the third T.I.P. Championship Horse Show will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park from Sept. 7-8, 2019 in conjunction with the New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Show. A class list is available at www.tjctip.com/About/CSF.

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, performance awards, and non-competition awards.  In addition to the complete schedule of T.I.P.-sponsored shows, other information about the program is available on the T.I.P. website, tjctip.com. Those interested in T.I.P. can follow the program at www.facebook.com/tjctip.

Additional information about the Youth Ambassador Program is available at www.tjctip.com/About/TBYPAM.

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