For the last two plus years I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with Patricia Vos, owner of Tebogo Sport Horses in Delaplane, VA. She’s an awesome (and fun!) horsewoman with a great program for finding the very best off-track thoroughbreds, turning them into sport horses with competition experience, and finding them great new homes. Her horses are quiet and experienced enough for amateurs and talented enough for Olympians, both of whom have purchased her thoroughbreds.
Tebogo’s program is unique partly because it is for-profit in a largely non-profit adoption based industry. These thoroughbreds don’t come cheap, but when you see them you’ll know why. They are gorgeous, well-conformed, sound, pretty movers, and with the best minds. It is also unique because Patricia doesn’t sell her horses until she is confident in their abilities and leanings towards certain disciplines. They are trained and competed for months before they are deemed “ready.”
At any rate, Patricia has been invited to speak about her business model at next week’s Thoroughbred Makeover and Symposium at Pimlico racetrack in Baltimore. It’s a great event that is doing much to expand the desire for OTTB’s in non-racing disciplines. I wish I was closer so that I could attend!
If you are in the area, I highly recommend checking out this event. If you are in the market for a sport horse and have a little money to spend, you can’t do better than the Tebogo thoroughbreds. Check e’m out (or at least go drool over the pretty horses, because who doesn’t love doing that?)! Here’s the official news release with some great info on the event next week and Tebogo.
Patricia Vos Invited to Discuss Unique Perspective as For-Profit Business Campaigning and Selling Select OTTB’s for Sport Horse Careers
(Delaplane, Virginia) Sept. 26, 2013 - Tebogo Sport Horses owner Patricia Vos will be speaking on a panel about Business Models for transitioning racehorses into second careers at the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium at Pimlico racetrack on October 5 at 9am. She will be discussing the for-profit business aspect alongside representatives from the non-profit thoroughbred adoption agencies CANTER Midatlantic and New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program.
“I am honored to participate in this event because it reflects both the growing interest and appreciation for the near-endless possibilities offered to us by retired racehorses as well as the enduring love for these majestic creatures,” says Vos. “Unique aspects of our business I will discuss include how we go about choosing prospects, our approach to retraining, including how we decide which direction to take their careers next, and a bit on our marketing and sales process.”
There are many agencies working to find new forever homes and careers for horses off the track, but Tebogo is unique in that it is a for-profit business selling thoroughbreds in a largely non-profit landscape. Vos is highly selective when choosing thoroughbreds for the Tebogo program. The vetting process includes extensive pre-purchase exams and searching for horses with the best minds, great conformation, and complete soundness. The horses are given several months out to pasture to relax before entering Tebogo’s training and competition program. They are trained on the flat, over fences, and on cross country and then given competition experience at horse trials and in the hunter jumper ring. Vos doesn’t make any of her thoroughbreds available for sale until she is confident in their riding and competitive abilities, as well as their proclivity towards certain sport horse disciplines.
“The way we campaign these horses is unique because we are set up to keep it fun for the horses in a low pressure environment as we experiment with what we think they enjoy doing most,” Vos explains. “This works well for the horses and their buyers because we can say with some degree of certainty that our horses not only have experience at something but that they in fact enjoy it and therefore show some real promise in their chosen discipline. A horse that is forced to do something he either doesn’t enjoy doing or is not very good at is fun for no one.”
About the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium
The Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium is an annual event of the Retired Racehorse Training Project, whose mission is to increase demand for thoroughbreds off the track. The weekend event runs Saturday and Sunday, October 5-6, 2013 at Pimlico racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland. It will feature seminars each morning and performances and demonstrations with OTTBs and their trainers each afternoon. Tickets for the full weekend event are $50, or $35 per day.
About Tebogo Sport Horses
Tebogo was founded in 2009 by Patricia and Dave Vos to retrain and sell select off track thoroughbreds as sport horses. Based in Delaplane, Virginia, Tebogo competes these thoroughbreds throughout the Virginia, Maryland, and New York area, and will be heading to Ocala, Florida for the winter season this year. Learn more about Tebogo at http://www.tebogosporthorses.com and see the thoroughbreds currently for sale at http://www.tebogosporthorses.com/category/horses-for-sale.