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Road To The 2020 Real Rider Cup Diary – Back In The Saddle To Begin A New Journey

October 21st, 2019 BY Melissa Bauer-Herzog

Back In The Saddle To Begin A New Journey

Supporting Thoroughbred aftercare, The Real Rider Cup brings riders together from all facets of the Thoroughbred industry to raise funds for aftercare. America’s Best Racing writer Melissa Bauer-Herzog is currently training for the 2020 edition of the event and is documenting her training up to next September’s show.

When I first heard about The Real Rider Cup when it was started a few years ago, it was an item I put on my bucket list, but didn’t plan on riding in it anytime soon. So when Anita Motion approached me to ride in this year’s edition I was stoked, but there was only one problem – while I had rodeoed nearly every weekend when I was younger, I hadn’t seriously ridden a horse in two years and had only ridden in an English saddle about 10 times total.  Click to read more

When Everybody Wins: The Real Rider Cup, Part 2

September 30, 2019 by Alexa Reisfield

It was a surreal feeling really, to literally be walking in the footsteps of one of my idols while surrounded by so many industry professionals that I’ve grown to respect and admire over the years. No, I’m not referring to the Kentucky Derby walkover, but the course walk for the Third Annual Real Rider Cup. There I was, walking behind Olympic Gold Medalist and Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Michael Matz as he described a plan of attack.I was trying to keep my jaw from dropping as I took a look around at the competition…I was officially a nervous wreck.

As Manchurian High and I walked around the warm-up area waiting for our turn, multiple people came up and told me their own personal stories about him. Some were old exercise riders, others were former jockeys that have ridden him (to a win, they slyly added), no pressure! Anna Ford was snapping photos for social media and the horses were loving the attention. There was a fantastic turnout for the event. The grandstand was packed with observers giving shoutouts to Forest Boyce and Ashley Castrenze, who had just come from winning the third and fourth races respectively at Laurel and the rail was two deep as everyone wanted to get a look at James Stierhoff and two-time Maryland Hunt Cup winner Twill Do. Click to read more

Game Faces On – The Real Rider Cup – Part 1

September 12, 2019

Game Faces On

I am a highly competitive person by nature, so the words were barely out of my friend and colleague Sarah Andrew’s mouth when I jumped at the chance to ride in the third annual Real Rider Cup. A full day off work so I could jump on an OTTB, gallop around a show jumping course and raise money for two fantastic causes? Count me in! Coming from a hunter/jumper background and spending most of my junior career away at horse shows, I already felt like I had an edge—that edge turned into a little bit of cockiness when I started thinking back to my exercise riding days and how I could combine both of those riding skills for the win.

Then reality set in.

The Teams at the Real Rider Cup are divided into Farm/Racing Managers (Sergio DeSousa better not send his incredibly talented daughter Isabela to show in his place!), Freestyle (has Clovis Crane’s video gone viral yet?), Jockeys (now I’m just wanting to crawl under a hedge—I have to compete against Robbie Walsh and Demonstrative? This is rigged.) Race Track Kids (these kids could ride laps around me before they even knew how to walk) and the team I will help represent, Racing Media.  Click to read more….

Fast Facts About The Real Rider Cup

America’s Best Racing, September 17, 2019

https://www.americasbestracing.net/lifestyle/2019-six-fast-facts-about-the-real-rider-cup

The third annual Real Rider Cup is coming up on Sept. 20, and if you have questions about the event, we have answers! Below are six key facts to know about the 2019 Real Rider Cup.

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Paddy Young and Team Exercise Riders Win Real Rider Cup

The Irish Field, September 28, 2018
https://www.theirishfield.ie/view-from-above-paddy-proves-himself-a-real-rider-in-the-usa-407098/
by Margie McLoone

IN a follow-up to last week’s piece on Paddy Young, the Banbridge-born jockey and his team of Exercise Riders won the Real Rider Cup at the Plantation Field horse trials near Unionville, Pennsylvania on Sunday. Luckily all the show jumping, both for the three-day event and the Real Rider Cup (a fundraiser for the Retired Racehorse Project) was on ‘surface’ as the weather, which had been bad in the run-up to the event, turned nasty again on Sunday.

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Real Rider Jack Fisher!

Daily Racing Form, September 25, 2018
Jack Fisher Best by Leaps and Bounds
by Robin Foster

The second edition of the Real Rider Cup, a charity jumping competition that features racing personalities aboard ex-racehorses, had an entirely new lineup this year, but once again the individual winner came from the world of steeplechasing. Just like the 2017 winner, Mark Beecher, perennial leading steeplechase trainer Jack Fisher was the first rider on course and jumped clear in a time that no one could beat.

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Real Fear

The Saratoga Special, September 21, 2018
Real Fear
by Sean Clancy

Just like old times, I woke up worrying, fretting, irritable. My wife, Annie, recognized it, she had seen it in 1994 after we had our first date. Misdirected stress, snapping at anybody in the way, kicking the cat, the dog, hell, anything I could find. Self indulgent, ridiculously self-absorbed, it was how I handled the pressure of riding races, well, handled, would be a stretch.

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Mark Beecher took home the title of “Real Rider”

Daily Racing Form, September 22, 2017
Inaugural Real Rider Cup Exceeds Expectations
by Robin Foster

Although Mark Beecher took home the only individual trophy in the inaugural Real Rider Cup at Plantation Field on Sept. 17, collaboration was the theme of the event.

The Real Rider Cup, a jumping exhibition featuring 20 ex-racehorses ridden by 20 racetrack personalities, was born out of a partnership between the Retired Racehorse Project and Plantation Field Equestrian Events, Inc.

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Racing’s Elite vs. Olympians in the Inaugural Real Rider Cup

www.AmercasBestRacing.net, September 19, 2017
Horse Racing Meets Eventing: The Real Rider Cup
by Ilana Cramer

Racing’s elite collided with the likes of Olympians for the Real Rider Cup to benefit Retired Racehorse Project on Sunday, in an event at Plantation Field International Horse Trials in Unionville, Pa. Jockeys, veterinarians, owners, and trainers competed on teams riding off-track Thoroughbreds in a jumper face-off. Pride was on the line as riders were tasked with jumping a course the fastest and without knocking down any rails. The fastest combined teams took home blue ribbons.

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The Real Rider Cup held at Iconic Plantation Field

www.PaulickReport.com, August 23rd, 2018
Real Riders go Head-to-Head in Celebrity Event
by Jen Roytz

Known as one of the most iconic venues in North American eventing, Plantation Field in Unionville, Pennsylvania can be likened to Keeneland or Saratoga for equestrians. Each year the facility hosts the Plantation Field International Horse Trials, one of the premier eventing competitions in North America that routinely draws Olympic and World Equestrian Games-caliber competitors.

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