We are excited to announce that the fourth annual Real Rider Cup will be held this year as a “virtual” event.
With travel restrictions so up in the air at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions, we don’t want to take the chance of having to cancel if we try to go ahead with a live event at Fair Hill. Presenting it as a virtual competition would enable us to continue our charity fundraising – which is first and foremost the primary objective of the RRC. More than ever this year, our chosen benefactors need our help.
We will ask a professional show jumping coach to design a course which will have specific measurements indicating jump heights and distance between fences. The course diagram will be shared with everyone. *NOTE: As this is not a live event, these rounds will NOT be timed.
Each rider will provide a video of themselves jumping this course, along with a biography video introducing themselves and their horse and their “sales pitch” indicating why they should be voted the 2020 Real Rider Cup Champion.
We will help with producing videos from each participant. Each jumping round and bio video will be posted/shared via the RRC website. We will determine and advise the date by which all videos must be completed and submitted to the RRC committee. With sales and racing dates changing all the time, this format will allow our competitors to ride the show jumping course in their own time.
Some of you have the ability to video your round at the place you normally ride. Alternatively, we hope to provide locations in MD/PA/KY/NY/CA (we are working on that!) if contestants do not have a facility to do this independently.
The goal will still be for each rider to raise a minimum of $1,000 through sponsorships. And just as in previous years, riders will wear the racing silks of their sponsors in all videos and promotional photos.
As in prior years, most of the fundraising is done before the event; we will just have to be creative in actually crowning the “Real Rider.” We will offer multiple voting categories, for example: Best Turned Out, Vox Populi (People’s Choice), Best Form Over Fences, etc. The general public will then be encouraged to vote online.
In order to make the largest impact, we will seek coverage in news publications and networks so we can reach a larger audience. Each year the interest has grown, and hopefully this year will be bigger than ever.