"Our mission is to promote our sport in a positive light.  To show the versatility of Thoroughbreds and to raise money for Thoroughbred retraining and rehoming charities, all while having fun."

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Announcement from the Real Rider Cup

Since 2017, the Real Rider Cup has raised over half a million dollars for Thoroughbred aftercare with a spirit of collaboration and celebration. This year, we adjusted our date due to proximity to the Fourth of July holiday and in doing so, inadvertently encountered calendar conflicts that impact a significant portion of our Kentucky-based supporters.

It is important to us to give our riders and supporters the celebratory atmosphere that the Real Rider Cup has become known for and so, regrettably, the RRC Lexington organizing committee has made the decision to cancel this year’s event. Riders and donors have been contacted directly.

We look forward to 2025 in Lexington and will adjust our planning process to avoid this happening in the future. In the meantime, we are setting our sights on producing Fair Hill in September and we thank you for your support and understanding.

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The brainchild of Anita Motion, the Real Rider Cup is a charity show jumping event that invites racing industry personalities to team up with an off-track Thoroughbred and compete over a course of jumps, while raising funds to benefit Thoroughbred aftercare. Each rider — employees of breeding farms and racing stables, trainers, jockeys, owners, members of racing media, and more — pledges to raise a minimum of $1,000, which directly supports Real Rider Cup beneficiaries: Fair Hill Thoroughbred ShowNew Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, and the Retired Racehorse Project. Since its inception in 2017, the Real Rider Cup has raised over half a million dollars for these organizations.    

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Thank you to our 2024 Real Rider Cup Sponsors!