2022 RRC Lexington Riders

#6 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: $2995

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#17 Aisling Carroll

Aisling grew up on the backside of Churchill Downs as the daughter of racehorse trainers David and Kim Carroll. Developing an avid love for racing and horses in general has led her to pursuing opportunities in racing and Eventing alike.

Total Donation: $1510

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#7 Anne Czerwonka

As a Kentucky native, I have always been super supportive of the thoroughbred industry. When it came time to purchase my first horse, an off track thoroughbred was the obvious choice and I’ve now been lucky enough to have three

Total Donation: $1815

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#27 Dr. Dionne Benson

Dr. Dionne Benson is the first to hold the title of Chief Veterinary Officer for 1/ST RACING. Dr. Benson is responsible for directing all veterinary safety and welfare practices and protocols, as well as equine research initiatives for the 1/ST

Total Donation: $3035

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#30 Emily Swirsky

As a Connecticut native, finding a job in Kentucky only seemed right for me and my passion for the retraining of off-track thoroughbreds. Post college I was lucky enough to find my dream job of retraining ottbs for seconds careers,

Total Donation: $2425

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#1 Dr. Emily Crow

Dr. Emily Crow lives in Texas and is a Regulatory Racetrack Veterinarian. She has worked at tracks in Texas, Kentucky, Virginia, and Arizona over the past 10 years. Emily examines horses to determine racing soundness, monitors horses during racing, and

Total Donation: $1025

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#24 Erin Strader

Erin has been dedicated to the sport of Eventing for over 20 years. Her experience began to flourish while training with WEG Silver Medalist, Dorothy Crowell, where she earned a team silver medal at the Junior Olympics. This experience quickly

Total Donation: $1440

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#25 Jamie Hernandez

As a third generation horsewoman from the Radosevich family I have had the opportunity to work under some great horseman. Growing up in Ohio on our family farm i showed 4-H as a kid and learned to gallop racehorses by

Total Donation: $3750

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#12 Jesslyn Woodall

If someone mentions the color Teal and you've met me, you immediately think of me. I grew up in Georgetown riding in 4-H and pony club, was a vet tech and then began galloping racehorses. I typically have 1 personnel

Total Donation: $2005

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#4 Jocelyn Brooks

Jocelyn Brooks is Director of Sales for Airdrie Stud. Jocelyn works directly with Airdrie's breeders and clients in helping with all aspects of their mating plans as well as being a leading presence for the Brereton C. Jones consignments at

Total Donation: $3050

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#23 Jodie Vella-Gregory

A lifelong equestrian, Jodie Vella-Gregory began her career in eventing in her native Canada. After graduation from the University of Alberta she interned at KESMARC in Lexington, Kentucky, then worked as a clinician and surgeon technician for Dr. Scott Hopper

Total Donation: $5635

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#16 John Ennis

John, a native of Longwood, Co Meath, Ireland, and former jockey, now resides in Lexington, Ky., along with his wife and young twins Jack and Eleanor where he works as a trainer. With 595 starts, over $2 million in earnings,

Total Donation: $15190

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#18 Jordan Sigmon

Jordan is 21 years old originally from Charlotte, NC and have been in Lexington full time since 2018. She completed high school online while exploring various aspects of the thoroughbred industry including freelance photography for multiple outlets and working on

Total Donation: $1520

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#26 Kara Knochelmann

Kara grew up in Owenton, Kentucky where she was a member of United State Pony Clubs and competed in eventing. After graduating college in 2016 she moved to Versailles, KY to work with Thoroughbreds at Lanes End Farm. In 2018

Total Donation: $1720

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#49 Keira Nygaard

Keira Nygaard is a 14-year-old amateur rider from San Diego, California. She competes in the 3’0” equitation with her warmblood Encasso D, and the 2’6” hunters and .90 jumpers with her two OTTBs, Arkenstone and Latitude. Both of her Thoroughbreds

Total Donation: $4150

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#22 Kelsey Buckberry

As a Michigan native, I grew up riding thoroughbreds most of my life and have always had a soft spot for them in my heart. My passion led me down to Kentucky where I am currently retraining thoroughbreds and managing

Total Donation: $1005

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#15 Kristin VanMeter

Kristin is a lifelong and accomplished equestrian. A native of Maryland, she grew up competing Hunter/Jumpers in Harford and Baltimore County. Upon graduating from Kennard Dale High School she embarked on a career in Thoroughbred racing, working at Bonita Farm

Total Donation: $3975

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#20 Larkspur Carroll

Raised near FAIR HILL MD, a daughter of a veternarian and thoroughbred trainers, Del and Klobia Carroll, and an exercise rider at several MidAtlantic and Kentucky racetracks for 25+ years, Larkspur Carroll is no stranger to a thoroughbred both on

Total Donation: $16510

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#19 Laura Werner

Dr. Werner attended the University of Kentucky before transferring to Auburn University to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a surgical internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute prior to her residency and Master’s program at The Ohio State

Total Donation: $1050

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#31 Lauren Gash

Lauren grew up in Atlanta, GA competing in hunter/jumpers, eventing, and Pony Club, throughout her childhood. She attended Midway College in Kentucky, where she rode on the Intercollegiate Hunt Seat Team for four years. While in college, she immersed herself

Total Donation: $1340

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#26 Lucy Burnett

Lucy Burnett is a Kentucky native that shares the January 1st birthday with our beloved Thoroughbred horses. She grew up riding many off the track horses and currently competes her OTTB in Eventing. Lucy’s passion for riding led her to

Total Donation: $1420.99

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#17 Mary Sheerin

Mary Sheerin has been an avid horse woman since birth. Born in Gainesville, FL she grew up well acclimated to the equine industry spending many hours at the University of Florida Vet school where her parents worked. In 2002 she

Total Donation: $1485

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#19 Mary Motion

Mary grew up in Middleburg, Virginia fox hunting and horse showing before discovering her love of racing through her family. She competed as an amateur steeplechase jockey before traveling to England, Australia, and New Zealand working for top trainers. She

Total Donation: $2936

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#12 Maya Candadai

Maya grew up in the Cincinnati area and started riding when she was 7 years old. 19 years later it developed into a life long passion and hobby. Maya's first horse was an off the track, chestnut, thoroughbred mare who

Total Donation: $1300

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#7 Megan Edwards

Raised around horses with her stepdad being a farrier, Megan started riding at an early age and quickly discovered eventing was her passion. Megan has successfully grown up producing horses for the sport with a large focus on off the

Total Donation: $1620

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#8 Melissa Weber

Melissa has always had a love and passion for horses and riding. Growing up she would clean stalls at the local barn in exchange for horse time, in and out of the saddle. Throughout school Melissa participated in a local

Total Donation: $1095

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#9 Parker Robinson

Parker Robinson is from Versailles, Kentucky, and will be a student at Transylvania University this up coming fall. She will also be apart of Transylvania’s eventing team and compete with her 6 year old OTTB, Promised (also known as Timmy).

Total Donation: $1025

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#29 Rosie Napravnik

Although perhaps best known as a record breaking jockey, Rosie Napravnik has now established a second career of her own restarting off-track Thoroughbreds as sport horses. Rosie’s goal is to showcase all of the horses in her program, to advocate

Total Donation: $1890

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#10 Sarah Escaro

A graduate of Auburn University, Dr. Escaro originally joined the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute team as a surgery intern in 2019 until 2020. In January 2022, she rejoined the practice under the surgery department and now works as a performance

Total Donation: $1085

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#21 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: $5135

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#5 Tara Coombs

Tara is from Ruidoso , New Mexico. Tara has been doing jumpers all her life and grew up in the AQHA world. She started in the track with a Quarter horses and moved on to Thoroughbreds when she was in

Total Donation: $1150

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