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, 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.

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 series schedule includes the following Point-to-Points and race meets. Race distances, age limits, and rules may vary from meet to meet, please check with individual races for condition specifics. 
Saturday, March 16 
Aiken Training Track, Aiken, South Carolina 
Sunday, March 31 
Plantation Field, Unionville, PA 
Saturday, April 6 
Springdale Racecourse, Camden, South Carolina
Saturday, April 6 
Ben Venue Farm, Ben Venue, Virginia 
Sunday, April 14 
Oatlands Plantation, Leesburg, Virginia 
Sunday, April 21
Woodley Farm, Berryville, Virginia 
Sunday, May 12
Kennett Square, PA
* Any rider between 15-18 years old riding in one or both of the Cheshire Pt-to-Pt flat races will receive one point in the series. Only one point total will be awarded for the day.
To learn more about the TGSF’s expanding program and opportunities for junior and young riders visit the Foundation’s website or email For more information on pony, junior, and young rider racing visit and follow U.S. Pony Racing on Facebook and Instagram.

Youth Trips

“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 TGSF’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.

The TGSF is dedicated to amateur participation. Your funding gifts provide educational opportunities to aspiring steeplechase jockeys.

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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 and the 2018 Maryland Hunt Cup and the 2018 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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