2021 Riders

Aaron Gryder

Aaron is a highly respected retired jockey with over 4,000 wins worldwide including the Dubai World Cup (2009) and the Breeders' Cup Marathon (2012). In addition to his decades long career as a professional athlete, Gryder has worked as an

Total Donation: $2115

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Alexandra Beckstett

Alexandra Beckstett is a lifelong hunter/jumper rider who discovered her love of Thoroughbreds after moving to Lexington, Kentucky, in 2008 to work for The Bloodhorse's book division. She is now the managing editor of The Horse and the Retired Racehorse

Total Donation: $1005

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April Keedian

I am the current owner of 3 TBs, all of whom raced at my local track, Assiniboia Downs (ASD). They are the motivation behind Final Furlong Canada, which I founded 11 years ago with my friend Emily Johnson. As part

Total Donation: $1019

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Ashley Stump

I am a 36 year old equestrian, nurse and mother. I grew up riding and competing in horse shows. I compete in the hunter divisions. I have been working with and retraining ottbs that I like to aquire from rerun

Total Donation: $100

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Ashley Emig

I’ve always been the crazy horse girl. Growing up with a mom who was an ottb trainer, I didn’t really have a choice! My first horse (when I was 12), was a 5 year old straight off the track. And

Total Donation: $245

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Ashley Watts

Ashley Watts has been involved in the equine industry for over 30 years. She grew up riding hunters and jumpers on the west coast. As a teenager, Ashley rode and showed many ottb's and had a lot of success with

Total Donation: $1280

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Aubrey Graham

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 rehomes OTTBs while bringing green horses up the eventing levels and teaching students

Total Donation: $2105

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Charlotte Krebs

My name is Charlotte. I’m a freshman in high school and I’ve been riding for 3 years. I bought my first horse, Cruz, last year and I love him so much! We compete in the 2’6” hunters, jumpers, and equitation.

Total Donation: $225

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Ferrin Peterson

Ferrin Peterson is a professional jockey competing on the Mid-Atlantic circuit, and a veterinarian. After completing her veterinary degree from UC Davis, she headed east to dedicate herself to her riding career. She enjoys following her race horses as they

Total Donation: $2935

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Jenny McGaughey

Jenny has worked for the KTA/KTOB since 2009 after graduating college and is currently the Director of KTDF Registration and Administrative Support Manager. She attended the University of Kentucky and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and a

Total Donation: $1080

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Jessica Paquette

Jessica Paquette is a lifelong equestrian who found her real home at the racetrack. After her first job on the track as a hot walker at Rockingham Park, she worked on the mutuel line and interned in the publicity office.

Total Donation: $2915

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Jill Pritchard

I own a small breeding farm in Kentucky with my husband and my horse in the Real Rider Cup is a homebred that we raced through her 3-year-old year. Aftercare is an important part of our racing stable and breeding

Total Donation: $726

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Jordan Sigmon

Hey! I’m 20 years old from Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m currently attending the University of Kentucky with a major in Political Science. I’ve been riding and showing in the Hunters/Jumpers since I was 6 years old and have found a

Total Donation: $1125

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Mary Motion

I grew up in a horse community and grew a passion for racing, following in the footsteps of many members of my family. I have been lucky enough to travel around the world working for different trainers and farms. One

Total Donation: $700

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Natalie Huso

How much do I like OTTB mares? Enough to own 4 of them! To back up a little, I come from a horsey family and took up the family hobby as a child. I spent my younger years learning to

Total Donation: $575

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Patricia Clemens

I would love to participate in The Real Rider Cup because I have a passion for showcasing retired racehorses. I own three OTTBs that live on my farm in Oxford, PA. I am also on the boards of MidAtlantic Horse

Total Donation: $775

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Penelope Miller

Penelope Miller grew up as a horse-crazy kid on her parents’ farm in Ocala, Florida, and not much has changed since then. She is now the Senior Manager of Digital Media at America’s Best Racing, and spends her weekends traveling

Total Donation: $6600

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Sergio de Sousa

Sergio was born In Sao Paulo/Brazil and moved to Kentucky in 1987. He was fortunate to meet and work for people that encouraged him to travel the world while working with horses. He settled back in Kentucky where he is

Total Donation: $75

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Sharon Dominguez

Sharon Dominguez grew up with horses. Her father, Robert Wyatt, still trains Standardbreds in Harrington, Delaware, and her mother Bonnie Keller teaches Western riding and horsemanship at her farm, Heartland Equestrian in Frederica, Delaware. Sharon has galloped for trainers Bessie

Total Donation: $2910

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Sophie Doyle

I am delighted to ride in The Real Rider Cup, as I am extremely passionate about raising awareness for OTTBs. I am a professional jockey in the USA who moved from England almost 8 years ago. My mother Jacqueline Doyle

Total Donation: $450

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Tabatha Gourvenec

I am a third year biology student at UCR, and have been riding for about six years now. I rode a little bit in France, where I am from, but not in a serious manner at all. I moved to

Total Donation: $50

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Tamara Housel

I have been a lifelong horse enthusiast and have been riding since age 9. I bought my first OTTB in 1999 and have never looked back since. I have dabbled in dressage and eventing for many years and I have

Total Donation: $525

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