Pennsylvania Junior Wins Barrel Racing At Thoroughbred Makeover

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A junior rider from Pennsylvania won the barrel racing division at the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover.

Jade Wirick, of Windber, Pa. and Miss Classy posted the fastest times in all three runs, competing against professionals, adult amateurs and other juniors.

Miss Classy is a 2013, 15.2 hand tall, grey mare by Old Fashioned out of Annika Rules, Seeking The Gold. She was bred in New York by Taylor Brothers Properties & Dr. William Hovis.

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She sold for $ 16,000 at the Ocala Breeders Sales but raced just once — at Penn National on Feb 22, 2017. She finished seventh out of 10.

Wirick acquired Miss Classy through New Start.

New for 2018, Retired Racehorse Project held a Team Competition. The Starting Gate College Consulting Team Competition is designed for collegiate, high school, or show stable teams to share the experience of transitioning a horse off the track under the guidance of their head coach or trainer. This is also an excellent opportunity for those considering entering in the Thoroughbred Makeover in the future to experience the process without yet making the commitment to acquire a horse of their own.

A team from New Jersey won the hunter division with Noble Road, a 2012 16.2 hand, bay gelding by Partner's Hero out of Ifyouknowwhatimean by Trempolino. He was bred in Pennsylvania by Gum Tree Stables, LLC

The team from Southern New Jersey Equestrian at Chester Croft was comprised of owner and team captain, Rachael Lallier, MacKenzie Mazzarisi, Rachael Samaroo-Lojek, Kendall Wyszynski and McKenzie Young.

A $ 5,000 purchase from Fasig-Tipton. Noble Road went on to start 31 times with earnings of $139,755. His last start was March 10, 2018 at Penn National. He was then re-homed through Turning for Home.

Noble also placed third in the team jumper competition.

Cannot Stop, the entry of Hunter Landing Equestrian, a team from New York, was seventh in hunter, and sixth in jumping.

Kelly Lasher led the team of Heather Blehar-Moore, Kassidy Allen and Kendyl Allen.

Retired Racehorse Project organizes the $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, which took place Oct. 4-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. The event featured approximately 500 recently-retired Thoroughbreds competing in 10 different non-racing disciplines. Spectators voted for one overall winner among the 10 discipline champions, and that horse is crowned America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred.

All horses competing in the Makeover are listed online, along with their pedigrees, race records, breeder, and their racing connections at their last start. The list is searchable and can be sorted by state and sire. View entries at

Top 5 placers with local connections:

Top five finishers qualified for the final competition. 


1. Wild Lil' Kitten, a 2014 gelding( Kitten's Joy—Missy Wildcat, Forest Wildcat) bred in New York by Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey, ridden by Anne Zaharias, a professional from Cleveland, Tennessee.

3. Flat Leaver, a 2011 gelding (Flatter—How About Now, Pentelicus) bred in New York by Stonewall Farm ridden by Sarah Hepler, a professional from Rochester, New York.


5. I'malreadythere, a 2013 gelding (Crown Of Thorns—Wildfire Ruby, Wild Event) bred in Florida by Thomas J. Lane DVM, ridden by Rosie Napravnik Sharp, a professional from Simpsonville, Kentucky.

Field Hunters

5. Big Feat, a 2010 gelding (Mutakddim—Party Fever, Stormin Fever) bred in Pennsylvania by Ellendale Racing LLC, ridden by Sara Katz, a professional from Reisterstown, Maryland.


3. Looking My Way, a 2011 gelding (Dublin—Douce Expression, Western Expression) bred in New York by Merrylegs Farm North, LLC, ridden by Tik Maynard, a professional from Citra, Florida.

4. Search For Jazz, a 2013 gelding (Talent Search—Miss Jazmin, Jazz Club) bred in Pennsylvania by William E. Riddle, Jr., ridden by Clovis Crane, a professional from Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

Show Jumper

3. Cheyne Of Events, a 2014 161 gelding (Smarty Jones—Lady Cheyne, Affirmed) bred in Pennsylvania by Patricia L. Chapman, ridden by Erica Eggert, a professional from Southampton, New Jersey.

Ranch Work

3. Bookew Bucks, a 2014 gelding (Bluegrass Cat—Kewland, Dixieland Band) bred in New York by William Butler, ridden by Juan Pereira, a professional from Hagamen, New York.

5. La Mala, a 2011 mare (Gouldings Green—Keep Your Day Job, Abaginone) bred in Pennsylvania by Mohns Hill Farm LLC & Edward A. Price, ridden by Christopher Tejero, a professional from Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

Barrel Racing

1. Miss Classy, a 2013 mare (Old Fashioned—Annika Rules, Seeking The Gold) bred in New York by Taylor Brothers Properties & Dr. William Hovis, ridden by Jade Wirick, a junior from Windber, Pennsylvania.

3. Little Red Rodeo, 2012 mare (Textbook—I'm A Stinker, To Freedom) bred in Pennsylvania by Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Ray Moyer, ridden by Megan Montgomery, a junior from Egg Harbor, New Jersey.

About Retired Racehorse Project 

RRP works to facilitate placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in the marketplace and inspiring equestrians to provide the training that secures their futures. RRP offers online directories, educational resources, and publishes Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine

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