“I believe that attending this trip will help me move forward towards a successful career in racing and steeplechasing, become a better rider, learn about another country’s system of racing and culture...”
Those words from John Brophy’s essay that he wrote to be considered for the junior rider trip to Ireland in July captured the essence of how important these types of initiatives are for cultivating the next generation of passionate participants.
Three others joined him for a week of extraordinary experiences that included some riding, visiting Coolmore, Limerick races, Ballydoyle, the Curragh, Berney’s Saddlery, pony races in County Cork, and walking the course at Galway.
Perhaps even more meaningful were the connections these four made and the generosity provided to them by numerous professionals.
The juniors paid their airfares but a private funder covered all of the other costs of the trip that was expertly led by NSF junior program coordinator, Regina Welsh.
The NSF’s domestic trip commenced the following week in The Plains, VA, with five juniors introduced to steeplechase owners and jockeys and some of the top jump racing and flat racing trainers in the US. With stops in Maryland and Pennsylvania, it culminated with two days at the Saratoga races.
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