"When you stop riding grand prix, you end up teaching the people who ride them," he said. "It's a tough order. I love horses. Show horse jumping was a good business for me and my family and I liked it. … But I never was going to teach people. You ride or you don't."

Jenkins said he always kept a couple thoroughbreds in his stable, and his brother, Larry, trained and raced them at Charles Town in West Virginia.

"When I retired, I then got to do what I wanted to do," said Jenkins, as he headed into the barn to pet Daisy, the barn cat, and feed mints to his horses.

Saturday, though, will bring back memories and Jenkins said he is eager for the opportunity to judge the show jumping competition.

"I'll be looking for the movement of the horse, the manners of the horse, the soundness of the horse and the overall compatibility of the rider and the horse," he said. "The horse is the superstar, we're just lucky enough to be part of the program."

Two of the notable early entries for the show are Outcashem, a 19-time winner during a six-year thoroughbred racing career, and P Day, who earned nearly $700,000 in 57 races — including a victory in the Grade III Baltimore Breeders' Cup Handicap in 2003 at Pimlico.

"[P Day] was such a cool horse," Hale said. "He was bred and trained by Charlie Hadry. He won races going long and short, on the main track and on the turf. He has had a great career as a show horse after retiring in 2005 and it will be fun to see him again."

Admission for the event is free, but money raised during the day will benefit three local thoroughbred aftercare programs — Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Rescue and Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue.


If you go

Where: Infield at Pimlico Race Course

Date: July 14 (rain date: July 15)

Time: 10 a.m.

Admission: Free

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