Youth and Pony Racing
The TGSF focuses much of its efforts on supporting the next generation of participants in the sport of American jump racing.
In 2013 NAPPA (North American Point-to- Point Association) closed its doors and passed along its mission to the TGSF. With the guidance of U.S. Pony Racing to spearhead the initiatives, the TGSF is helping junior racing gain increased popularity in the USA.
Your financial support helps pay for youth steeplechase camps, domestic and international trips for young amateur riders, the sponsorship of some races such as the Pennsylvania Junior Hunt Cup and the promotion of junior and pony racing at key events, including the Maryland Horse Expo.
More can be done with your continued gifts and guidance. Together, you can help junior and pony racing grow in the areas where it is already established and expand into other geographical areas.
Four Young Amateur Steeplechase Jockeys to Represent the United States in Ireland
The Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation recently selected four amateur jockeys (approximately between the ages of 17 and 23 years of age) to attend the TGSF Developing Rider International Trip from July 23rd-31st. To be considered for the experience the jockeys must first be nominated by a licensed NSA trainer via letter of recommendation. Nominated riders, typically between 17 and 23 years of age, must have race riding experience and provide a written essay stating why they would like to attend the trip. The jockeys selected to attend this year’s trip include Skylar McKenna (Unionville, Pennsylvania), Elizabeth Scully (Owings Mills, Maryland), Virginia Korrell (West Chester, Pennsylvania), and Chloe Hannum (Marshall, Virginia).
TGSF Domestic Rider Trip
The TGSF’s domestic trip is planned for August 11 – 16, 2019, beginning in The Plains, VA, with juniors being 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 culminates with two days at the Saratoga races.
The Application for the TGSF Domestic Young Rider Trip is DUE JULY 20. Please download the application here.
The TGSF is dedicated to amateur participation. Your funding gifts provide educational opportunities to aspiring steeplechase jockeys.
To learn more, contact us at YoungRider@NationalSteeplechaseFoundation.org
- Amateur riders 15-21 years of age on mounts no younger than 5 years old
- Distances vary from race to race, but typically one mile or longer
- Riders are not to have won a sanctioned jump or flat race. Racing tack permitted but will be inspected and may be requested to be altered by race officials
- Catch weights
- All entries must utilize an approved helmet, neck strap or yoke, overgirth, and protective vest
The 2019 Developing Rider Series winner was Mell Boucher. Competing in four races in the series, Mell, seen here competing in the Developing Rider race in Camden, raced with us up and down the east coast. We appreciate her commitment to the series. Congratulations on your new helmet, Mell! (Sydney Conto photo)
ARCA alum Annie Yeager won the 2015 Vicmead Plate Amateur Apprentice Timber at Winterthur (Photo by Tod Marks)
2011 Domestic Young Rider Trip participant Eric Poretz won the 2016, 2018 and the 2019 Maryland Hunt Cup aboard Senior Senator and the 2018 and 2019 Grand National with Senior Senator. (Photo by Robert Keller)
2009 Domestic Young Rider Trip participant Gustav Dahl won the 2017 Virginia Gold Cup aboard Ebanour (Photo by Tod Marks)
Riding out in Ireland, 2015 NSF International Young Rider Trip participants (Photo by Regina Welsh)
2007 Domestic Young Rider Trip participant McLane Hendriks won the 2016 Middletown Cup Amateur Training Flat at Winterthur Races with Tempt Me Alex (Photo by Tod Marks)
Pony racing at the 2017 Green Spring Point-to- Point, held at Shawan Downs, Maryland (Photo by Robert Keller)