The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program has named 13 youth ambassadors for 2023: Allison McHattie, Ontario; Anna Szefc, Virginia; Ashlynn Riley, Kansas; Bella Anne Park, Arkansas; Connor Stegeman, Louisiana; Emily Lindsay, Washington; Emma Hill, South Carolina; Ginger Demetrick, British Columbia; Julia Buytenhuys, Virginia; Karlie Dennis, Pennsylvania; Lottie Crawford, Virginia; Rylee Koll, Michigan; and Savannah Lacey, Maryland.
The T.I.P. Youth Ambassador Program is offered on an annual basis to young riders who own or lease a Thoroughbred and have actively participated in T.I.P.-sponsored shows, classes, or awards programs. The goal of the T.I.P. Youth Ambassador Program is to promote participation in T.I.P. with the mission to encourage retraining of Thoroughbreds into other disciplines upon completion of careers in racing or breeding.
“This year, we are thrilled to showcase the creativity and passion that T.I.P. Youth Ambassadors have by featuring videos with their OTTBs on America’s Best Racing social channels,” said Rachel Miller, digital marketing manager at America’s Best Racing. “By promoting the second careers of these versatile athletes, the ambassadors are not only doing their part in ensuring a bright future for retired racehorses, but also for the Thoroughbred industry as a whole. We look forward to sharing their message with our fanbase, especially those who are new to the sport, and to helping increase visibility of T.I.P.’s important cause.”
Last month,T.I.P. announced that it will offer more than 6,700 awards and classes at more than 1,400 shows in 43 states and six Canadian provinces in 2023. Awards are available for multiple disciplines, and a full calendar of shows offering awards is available at tjctip.com/CalendarOfEvents and will be updated as show dates are confirmed.