The brainchild of Anita Motion, the Real Rider Cup is a charity show jumping event that invites racing industry personalities to team up with an off-track Thoroughbred and compete over a course of jumps, while raising funds to benefit Thoroughbred aftercare. Each rider — employees of breeding farms and racing stables, trainers, jockeys, owners, members of racing media, and more — pledges to raise a minimum of $1,000, which directly supports Real Rider Cup beneficiaries: Fair Hill Thoroughbred Show, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, and the Retired Racehorse Project. Since its inception in 2017, the Real Rider Cup has raised more than $410,000 for these organizations.
The Elkton, Maryland leg of the 2023 Real Rider Cup will take place as a kick-off to the Fair Hill Thoroughbred Horse Show on Friday, September 15th, 2023. Join us for a spirited evening of live music and thrilling competition! Free to attend (RSVP appreciated); live music and cash food and drink will be on hand for your enjoyment. Rain or shine.