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
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!!