Horse Racing Meets Eventing for the Real Rider Cup

Riders wearing sponsors' jockey silks for the Real Rider Cup, where off-track Thoroughbreds competed. (Ilana Cramer/MJC)

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.

Final results:

First place: Trainers (Sanna Neilson, Chucky Lawrence, Tim Keefe, Leigh Delacour, Joe Sharp) with a combined time of 326.97.

Second place: Owners (Anne Moran, Erin Birkenhauer, Bri Mott, Lauren Baker Cannizzo, Nuno Santos) with a combined time of 327.19.

Third place: Jockeys (Rosie Napravnik Sharp, Kaymarie Kreidel, Sean Clancy, Mike McCarthy, Mark Beecher) with a combined time of 329.79.

Fourth place: Veterinarians (Dean Richardson, Kath Anderson, Celia Goodall, Stowe Burke, Erika Jo Beck) with a combined time of 385.97.

Check out the slideshow below and watch the video highlights here.

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