JOHN SADLER RIDING IN INAUGURAL TRAINER & JOCKEY CALCUTTA AT THE THOROUGHBRED CLASSIC HORSE SHOW

Arcadia (December 13, 2013) -- Bridging the gap between the racing world and the horse show world is the inaugural Trainer and Jockey Calcutta on Saturday, December 14 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Jockeys and trainers such as John Sadler will navigate their mounts through a jumper course on Thoroughbreds, including multiple graded stakes winner Sarafan, who competed at the inaugural Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show.

High-profile trainers such as Sadler, Simon Callaghan, Kristin Mulhall, Jim Cassidy, Matt Chew, Carl O’Callaghan, Janet Armstrong, Adam Kitchingman and Emily Mode are set to compete against a field of jockeys that includes Chantal Sutherland-Kruse, Edwin Maldonado, Kayla Stra, Joe Steiner, Sophie Doyle and Joy Scott. Spectators will be able to buy a win ticket on their favorite team, and the pool will be split between the winning ticket holders and CARMA to continue funding the aftercare of Thoroughbreds.

This first-time-ever event will be covered by HRTV, the Network for Horse Sports. The December 14th evening event will feature a holiday cocktail party, the $1,500 Hess Equine Hunter Derby and the $1,500 Santa Anita Park Jumper Stakes.

The Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show (TCHS) will conduct its third show of the 2013 season on December 14 and 15, 2013, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center (LAEC) in Burbank, CA. Presented by the Siegel-CARMA Foundation, the Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show spotlights retired racehorses in their second careers as accomplished sport horses.

With the success of the two previous shows this year, the TCHS has a rapidly growing fan base of both show horse and race horse enthusiasts. The LAEC, rich in tradition of offering world-class equestrian events, offers an ideal location for the season finale. Spectators are always welcome anytime during the show and admission is free.

In addition to the Hunter Derby, Jumper Stakes and Dressage Challenge, classes include Hunters, Jumpers, Equitation, Combined Training, In Hand, Western Dressage, Western Pleasure and Gymkhana with champions awarded in each division. Year-end Thoroughbred Incentive Program Awards also will be offered.

“This series will go a long way towards shifting the way Sport-horse trainers and Race horse owners view the Thoroughbred and open up more opportunities for off-track Thoroughbreds to find second, or third, careers in new disciplines,” said Nicole Schwartz, Event Director for TCHS, “And that has always been a major goal for us.”

Thank you to our major sponsors: Hess Equine, Santa Anita Park, Schroeder Farms, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Golden Gate Fields, Great American Insurance, Breeders’ Cup, Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, CA Thoroughbred Foundation, HRTV, Barretts Sales and Racing, Los Laureles Equine Training & Equine Therapy Center, Old English Rancho, and BranJam Stables.

For more information, please access www.thoroughbredclassic.org.

About California Retirement Management Account (CARMA)

CARMA is a charitable 501 (c)(3) organization formed to assist Thoroughbred rehabilitation and retirement organizations that care for and retrain horses who raced in California and whose racing careers have ended. CARMA ensures the racehorses have retirement options by managing and disbursing funds to qualified charities. Since its inception in 2008, CARMA has granted more than $1.08 million, and more than 80 percent of the funds raised are used in the day-to-day care of these horses.

MEDIA CONTACT

Nicole Schwartz, Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show, nschwartz@thoroughbredclassic.org, (818) 456-9184

About The Siegel-CARMA Foundation

The Siegel CARMA Foundation was created in 2009 thanks to a major gift by Mace Siegel, an owner, breeder and recognized leader in Thoroughbred racing. Breeding and racing under the stable name Jay Em Ess Stable, with his wife Jan and daughter Samantha, Siegel was known for his dedication to the sport and his commitment to charitable causes both in and out of racing. Samantha Siegel is a member of the CARMA Board of Directors and is the Secretary of the organization.

MEDIA CONTACT

Nicole Schwartz, Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show, nschwartz@thoroughbredclassic.org, (818) 456-9184