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.

Youth Trips

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).

Former TGSF Chairman Sam Slater is the mastermind behind the trip, which is based out of his families Cahervillahow estate in the Golden Vale region of County Tipperary. Slater says, “the intention of this trip was to introduce young amateur American jockeys to how other parts of the world train flat and jump race horses. We want these up and coming riders to have a chance to make connections with Irish trainers that they normally would otherwise not come in contact with. A few of the past attendees have gone to work in Ireland after their experience on the trip.”
The trip will be led by NSA licensed trainer Regina Welsh, the founder and director of U.S. Pony Racing, who has also led the three previous TGSF trips to Ireland. Along with Slater and his wife Lornie Forbes, Welsh will see to it that the riders meet, ride, and work for top Irish trainers like Gordon Elliot, Edward O’Grady, Enda Bolger, and Fozzy Stack. The group will also tour top racing businesses and venues like The Curragh, Coolmore Stud, and Ballydoyle, as well as take in the first day of the Galway Festival.
The Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation promotes the betterment of American steeplechase racing, and supports amateur and young rider programs to help ensure the future of the sport.
For more information contact the TGSF Developing Rider Manager, Regina Welsh at 410-340-2347 or

Skylar McKenna (Tod Marks photo)

Elizabeth Scully (Tod Marks photo)

Virginia Korrell (Tod Marks photo)

Chloe Hannum (Douglas Lees photo)

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.

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Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation Developing Rider Flat Race Series Details
The Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation Developing Rider Program presents a series of seven flat races for young riders for the spring of 2019.
The series kicked off on Saturday, March 16th in Aiken, South Carolina, at the Aiken Trials, an unsanctioned event for young horses to have a leg-stretcher before the spring races. Each participating race meet may have slightly different conditions or rules, but basic race conditions for the series are as follows:
  •   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
U.S. Pony Racing will operate the Developing Rider races in Aiken, Camden, and Willowdale, and will be conducting pony races at the those events as well. Small, medium and large flat pony races for riders who have not had their 16th birthday as of the first of the year are on those cards, as well as a lead line trot race for riders 7 years of age and under at Camden and Aiken. Entries for all of these races will be taken by U.S. Pony Racing. For more details contact and to enter visit
The young rider flat race at the Aiken Trials was the first stop in the seven race series sponsored by the TGSF. The program was developed to encourage participation of young riders and give them a safe and educational platform in which to compete. The rider competing in the most races in the TGSF Developing Rider Series will receive a Charles Owen skullcap. Ties will be broken based on points earned in the series. Riders do not need to ride the same mount to be considered for the series prize.

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)

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