Parker is the 15 year old son of champion trainer Sanna Neilson and champion jockey/trainer Ricky Hendriks, and attends Westtown School.  Parker’s racing career began pony racing on Mookie Monster, enjoying many wins on her. He also rode Maryland Hunt Cup winner Guts for Garters in the Field Master Division, winning leading honors in that division the last two seasons in the Delaware Valley. This spring, Parker rode Lawn Ranger to four victories, earning them the leading junior horse of the Maryland Steeplechase Association. Lawn Ranger is a retired OTTB who raced as a 2yo in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf. Lawn Ranger now enjoysRead More →

Representing Team Freestyle is Mary Mush, who will be competing side saddle. Some of her accomplishments include: – Raced fair hill in a flat amateur race in April 2017 -Breezed horses with Red Hound Stables 2017 & 2018 – Won the Mrs. Ford B. Draper Side Saddle Steeplechase Race at the 2016 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup. – Won the Side Saddle Chase Foundation’s OvS Trophy in 2016 – Owner & Rider for the  USHJA Reserve Champion Zone 2 Horse of the Year for Ladies Side Saddle in 2018 & 5th Place Award for the USEF Horse of the Year in 2018 and 2016 -Field Master atRead More →

At a young age, Ilana Cramer quickly realized unicorns didn’t exist and turned instead to racehorses. A lifelong equestrian, Ilana grew up riding horses and traveling to racetracks around New England with her Dad. After graduating college, she moved to Maryland where she began working for the Maryland Jockey Club as Social Media Manager and Marketing Coordinator. Though she now works at an architecture firm, she fills her spare time with her passion for telling untold stories of the racetrack. Ilana currently writes for Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Magazine and reports on horse racing at Noelle Floyd. Ilana will wear the silks of Gaudet Racing. Diplomat (KY)Read More →

Natalie Hendriks is the daughter of champion steeplechase trainers Sanna Neilson and Ricky Hendriks.  Natalie started riding at the young age of 2 on small ponies and has now graduated to riding Thoroughbreds belonging to her mother. She enjoys hunting with the Cheshire Hunt and riding out for her mother, and also has experience in the show ring, winning many jumper classes. Natalie is an 8th grade student at Westtown School.  While not riding, she enjoys playing lacrosse, tennis and skiing. Natalie will be riding Kings Apollo, owned by her uncle Stewart Strawbridge.  Apollo is a winner of two timber races in the US, wasRead More →

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 to racetrack across the nation to photograph and write about some of the sports biggest events. Before that, she worked on farms from Kentucky to Australia, and worked for six years at Tampa Bay Downs as the Horsemen’s Liaison. When she’s not in an airplane or the office, Penelope can be found riding at Riverdale Stables in the Bronx or flying through the air atRead More →

“Both of my parents worked for the Royal Family. My Dad was in the Household Cavalry and he was one of the Queen’s Rough Riders. My Mum was a polo groom for Prince Philip. I grew up all around the south of England; I moved around a lot. But I was born in Windsor. My first job in racing was with Tim Forster, and it was there that I met Adrian Rolls (assistant trainer to Graham Motion at Herringswell Stables) when he was looking after Last Suspect, who won the Grand National. I came over to the U.S. in my early 20s in 1985 toRead More →

Danielle Hodsdon grew up in New Hampshire competing in 3-day events before she fell into the world of steeplechase while attending school for Sports Medicine at Shenandoah University. Danni sat on her first racehorse in 1999 for Jimmy Day and despite being promptly run off she was hooked.  In 2003 while working for the late Tom Voss she tallied 8 wins to be the leading NSA apprentice. By this time a career in Sports Medicine had been forgotten. Danni had her most successful years while riding for and being assistant trainer to Jonathan Sheppard where she partnered he and Bill Pape’s “Mixed Up” throughout hisRead More →

Jessica Silver is daughter of jockey agent Scott Silver and exercise rider Lori Silver.  She has been riding Thoroughbreds since the age of six. She is currently showing on the local hunter circuit, the interscholastic equestrian team and 4-H. Next year she is hoping to take a horse to the Retired Racehorse Project “Thoroughbred Makeover” in Kentucky. This year she has competed, been Champion and Reserve Champion in several Thoroughbred shows on Ninja Nekia. Jessica will be a freshman at John Dickinson High School this year and has already competed on three varsity sports teams. She is thankful for being able to support and beRead More →

Kim was born in Zimbabwe, where her father was a jockey and her grandfather trained at Borrowdale Park. She left Zimbabwe in 1988 to go work for Michael Stoute in Newmarket, which marked the beginning of stints in Australia, Dubai and the USA. During this time she worked both as an assistant and exercise rider for Niall O’Callaghan, Dale Romans, Graham Motion, Michael Matz, Nick Zito and Team Valor. She currently works as an assistant farm/training manager for Sam-Son Farm in Ocala, Florida and will compete in their familiar red and gold silks. Kim is passionate about all horses but especially Thoroughbreds who have beenRead More →

Harry Rice IV grew up in Staten Island, NY and has been around horses from the time he was born. His father, Harry Rice III, is a longtime valet on the NYRA circuit. When Harry was about 12 he began working on the backstretch of Saratoga with the late Tom Voss. After the passing of Mr. Voss, Harry began working with Shug McGaughey and the legendary Phipps Stable, whose famous black and cherry silks he will wear. After finishing Penn State this past December with a degree in telecommunications, Harry has been the foreman for Tom Morley. However, Harry’s degree has not gone to waste.Read More →