Lexington, KY and Ocala, FL – July 19, 2022 – Ride iQ announces today that it has partnered with The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in equestrian sports and serving the farms, trainers, and organizations that transition them.
Ride iQ has developed a series of lessons, Thoroughbred Fundamentals Presented by the RRP, taught by OTTB specialist and event rider Aubrey Graham. Aubrey’s series is specifically for riders of off-track Thoroughbreds, targeting early training sessions in the horse’s transition from racing to riding sports. Aubrey’s first five lessons in the series are available on the Ride iQ app today:
- Lesson 1: Groundwork with Shoulder & Neck Aids
- Lesson 2: Introduction to Lunging
- Lesson 3: Introduction to Mounting
- Lesson 4: Straightness Exercises
- Lesson 5: Quiet Transitions
Ride iQ will build on the playlist each week so you have ongoing support as you introduce your OTTB to their new job.
Empowerment through accessible education is a major tenet of both organizations, and the partnership helps to provide a critical service to equestrians starting out with their own Thoroughbreds.
“We’re proud to partner with Ride iQ to bring Thoroughbred-centric content to its users. We know that the right amount of education is essential for riders in creating successful and positive working relationships with their Thoroughbreds, and we’re pleased to deliver another resource in support of that. Particularly in economic climates like we’re currently experiencing, traveling for lessons and training is likely to be an early sacrifice for riders needing to trim their budgets. Ride iQ offers an innovative solution for riders in that situation and beyond,” said RRP Executive Director Kirsten Green.
While the Ride iQ mobile app and audio lessons are foundational to the platform, Ride iQ also supports its members through access to weekly interactive virtual Office Hours with Ride iQ coaches and guest experts, a private Facebook community for members and coaches, and a selection of exclusive podcasts.
The Ride iQ platform currently features 21 coaches across eventing, hunter/jumper, and dressage disciplines. You’ll also find lessons taught by a sports psychology coach and a natural horsemanship coach. Every Ride iQ coach has proven their ability to produce highly capable riders and has earned a reputation for exceptional horsemanship. Aubrey Graham certainly meets the criteria, and her specialization in OTTB training will be incredibly helpful for people whether they’re training their first OTTB or their tenth.
Ride iQ membership includes unlimited access to all the audio lessons and other Ride iQ benefits for $29.99/month or $249/year. Through the Ride iQ-RRP partnership, the RRP community will get discounted access to Ride iQ. As a partnership launch promotion, use the promo code “RRP15” for 15% off the first Ride iQ membership payment after the 2-week free trial. The 15% discount will be valid through August 2022.
“Ride iQ’s mission is to increase access to correct and compassionate instruction to make horses’ and humans’ experiences together as enjoyable and productive as possible. OTTBs are such special horses, and they deserve a specific training approach to help them transition from the track to their next riding discipline. RRP has connected us with incredible coaches who have extensive experience training OTTBs—these coaches are sharing their training programs on Ride iQ through a series of audio lessons. One of my early event horses was an OTTB mare, and I have a big place in my heart for the breed. I’m so thrilled that Ride iQ can provide added support for people on their own journeys with OTTBs,” said Jessa Lux, Co-Founder of Ride iQ.
About Ride iQ
Ride iQ is the first audio-focused training platform for equestrians and offers something completely new: the opportunity to get on-demand, listen-while-you-ride instruction. The private Ride iQ mobile app features 300+ lessons with options suitable for equestrians at every level. Ride iQ has coaches across hunter/jumper, eventing, and dressage including Leslie Law (British eventer, individual gold medalist), Gina Smith (Olympic dressage rider), Doug Payne (Olympic eventer, Grand Prix jumper), and several others.
About The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP)
The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization working to increase demand for off-track Thoroughbreds in the equestrian world. In addition to producing the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium the world’s largest and most lucrative retraining competition for recently-retired racehorses, the organization also publishes Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine, produces the Master Class retraining clinic series, and presents programming at major horse expos and events around the country. The RRP maintains an educational library of content to empower more equestrians to ride a Thoroughbred.