Capturing a win in her last race as a junior, NSF Youth Trip participant looks forward to amateur racing.
It was a monumental day for Tatiana Sushko, the 17-year-old from Maryland who raced Christian’s Star, owned by Debbie Oxnard, to victory in the Junior Horse (TB) Field Master’s Chase division at the recent Pennsylvania Junior Hunt Cup. Her brother Theodore won the Small Pony division.
“I am really happy because this is the first race I’ve ever won,” said Tatiana who had only raced the ex- flat horse once since getting her in 2012.
Tatiana has been on a pony since she began racing two years ago. Thanks to NSF donor-supported opportunities for youth, the long-time hunter-jumper rider had the chance to participate in the National Steeplechase Foundation Domestic Youth Trip and it changed her life.
“The NSF trip was one of the best weeks ever,” said Tatiana who plans to do amateur jump and flat races next spring and considers racing her own horses in the future. “I definitely want to keep doing it because I love it.” As the sport develops strategies for greater youth involvement, your gifts and guidance are required to help the next wave of amateurs develop the skills and contacts to consider a career in American jump racing as a trainer or jockey, the two areas where the sport needs the greatest influx.