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 →

Ashley Castrenze’s experience with horses runs deep in the family, as she is the daughter of Thoroughbred racing trainer Charles Castrenze, and her mother Jackie Acksel was a longtime jockey. Born in Baltimore and raised in Tampa, she became familiar with traveling to different racetracks for years. Her mother introduced her to horses before she could even walk. She has been involved with competitively showing Thoroughbreds and riding on the track as a jockey, a combination not many can say they have. She took in the first horse she won a race on, Sister Pat, when her owners decided she was ready to retire andRead More →

Forest Boyce has been a Maryland based jockey since 2009, licensed in the U.S. and other international jurisdictions, with career earnings well over $25 million from over 6,000 starts and over 770 wins. Accomplishments include an Eclipse award nomination, leading rider titles, multiple graded stakes winnings, and top 100 rankings for six of the past nine years. A good deal of Forest’s childhood was spent fox hunting, showing and eventing, locally and nationally, Pony Clubbing and even playing polo for a nationally ranked interscholastic team. At a young age Forest set out to ride for the late, great D.M. “Mikey” Smithwick.  She also held gallopRead More →

Maryland native James Stierhoff traded in his lacrosse stick for riding lessons as a boy, eventually spending three summers in Vermont as a working student for top three-day-event rider and trainer Denny Emerson. That experience paved the way to jobs with Bruce Fenwick and Jay Griswold, which in turn led to mounts in point-to-point races. In 2010 James was given the chance to ride in his first sanctioned race – the Maryland Hunt Cup – when trainer Billy Meister was injured the previous week at the Grand National. He and Lucy Goelet’s Twill Do, his mount in The Real Rider Cup, won the historic raceRead More →

Robbie grew up racing in Ireland under his father Paddy’s tutelage and after reluctantly finishing school, under orders from his mother Monica, jumped into his quest to become a jockey. After some success in the saddle as an amateur Robbie found his way to the U.S. with his wife Carmel where he carved out a career as a professional steeplechase jockey winning multiple graded stakes, including three New York Turf Writers Cup G1. Two of those were on Eclipse Award Winner Demonstrative, his mount for the Real Rider Cup. Demonstrative is owned by Mrs. George Ohrstrom in whose colors Robbie will be riding. While currentlyRead More →