"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."

The 2021 Real Rider Cup

We are proud to announce details about the 2021 Real Rider Cup Campaign
to benefit the following Thoroughbred aftercare charities: 
Retired Racehorse Project , New Vocations and The Fair Hill Thoroughbred Show.


5th Annual Real Rider Cup to be Held Virtually June 20-26

Press Release 5th Annual Real Rider Cup to be Held Virtually June 20

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September 2020

Penelope Miller is the 2020 Real Rider.

Unanimously voted by our board for this year’s title, Penelope has raised just under $14,000 since 2018 when she first competed on Team Racing Analysts.  This year was a year like no other. Going virtual was definitely plan B with COVID becoming a national pandemic early in the Spring. We quickly realized that having a live show was going to be impractical.  Penelope was the first one to say “Yay! I’m in!” when we first announced the virtual plan. Her fundraising tactics are always unique – this year she announced she would dye her hair the racing colors of the first stable to donate $2,000.  That was Little Red Feather, thank you to them..

Penelope’s mount was Grade 1-winning steeplechaser All The Way Jose, very kindly provided by his owner, Dr. Erica Gaertner. You can watch their flawless show jumping round and also Penelope’s introductory video saying why she feels compelled to take part in the RRC by clicking here

Click here to watch Penelope and All The Way Jose

The  beautiful silver cup will be mailed to Penelope today.  CONGRATULATIONS PENELOPE!!!

The Peoples Choice Award goes to Laura Moquett  riding her Ultraslan who had the most votes on the online poll.  Well done Laura for rallying so much support!!  Her prize will be an assortment of goods and swag from our benefactors The Retired Racehorse Project, New Vocations and The Fair Hill Thoroughbred Show.

The total votes for all the riders exceeded 48,000, and as of this writing, we have also raised over $48,000!!

Again, we can’t say thank you enough to all of our Real Rider Cup 2020 participants and supporters. You are ALL winners in our eyes!!


Virtual Real Rider Cup

Calling all equestrians! YOU can ride in this year’s Real Rider Cup and support Thoroughbred aftercare.

With so many restrictions in place due to COVID-19, we have decided to hold a Virtual Real Rider Cup this year!  Click here for details and information or  here to register for this exciting eventClick here for 2020 Riders

Online Auction – “The Heart of the Thoroughbred Through the Eyes of the Artist”

New for 2020, the Real Rider Cup presents “The Heart of the Thoroughbred Through the Eyes of the Artist,” an online auction of original artwork featuring OTTBs in their lives after the racetrack.  Click here to learn more about the auction, or here to view the art and information about each featured horse and the incredibly generous artist who donated time and talent in support of our cause.

2021 Desk Calendar

As an added bonus this year, The Real Rider Cup has produced 2021 Desk Calendars showcasing these extraordinary works of art which were donated to the auction.  They are mounted on reclaimed barnwood easels/stands generously created and donated by Furniture From The Barn. These calendars are real collector’s items and will make terrific Christmas gifts for all people who love the Thoroughbred horse.  For a donation of $50.00, you can receive one calendar set with your choice of desk stand or barnwood wall mount. Click here for a preview and to learn more about the calendars.