"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 have our Peoples Choice Real Rider 2021
Aubrey Graham and Western Ridge win by an overwhelming amount of votes!  Thank you to all the riders, horses and owners and also to everyone who took the time to vote and DONATE!

Aubrey Graham is an anthropologist and eventing trainer specializing in young, green, and ‘complicated’ horses – notably, Thoroughbreds. She has evented through Preliminary and regularly restarts and re-homes OTTBs while bringing  Continue Reading

RRC 2021: Click here to vote for your favorite rider now.
One vote per email address per day.
Voting ends at midnight on Sunday 27th 2021.


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

Announcing The 2021 Showjumping Course – Designed by Lauren Hough

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

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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 still in place due to COVID-19, we have decided to hold a Virtual Real Rider Cup once more this year!  Click here for details and information or  here to register for this exciting event.

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

Again in 2021, 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.

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!!