TGSF Announces Participants for Developing Rider Trip to Ireland

Photos by Tod Marks

Edited Press Release

Elkton, Maryland – The Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation (TGSF) is pleased to announce the participants for the Developing Rider trip to Ireland, to be held tentatively July 18 – 26, 2022. The Ireland trip will be a hands-on experience for riders interested in a career in steeplechase racing.

Participants were selected based on their their riding strengths and history, career aspirations, recommendations from licensed trainers, and their professionalism when interacting with TGSF board members and when observed during their time in the industry. Three participants were selected from a pool of seven highly qualified applicants. The 2022 TGSF Developing Rider trip to Ireland participants are Eliza Edwards (West Grove, Pa); Taylor Kingsley (Camden, SC); and Thomas Young (West Grove, Pa).

Former TGSF Chairman Sam Slater and wife Lornie Forbes are the masterminds behind the trip, which is based out of Slater’s family Cahervillahow estate in the Golden Vale region of County Tipperary.

“The intention of this trip,” Slater says, “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.”

Participants from the 2019 TGSF Developing Rider Trip to Ireland with top
Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore

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 four previous TGSF trips for developing riders to Ireland. Along with Slater and Forbes, Welsh will see to it that the riders meet, ride, and work for top Irish trainers. Previous years they have galloped for Gordon Elliot, Willie Mullins, Enda Bolger, Pat Doyle, and Jessie Harrington. The group hopes to tour top racing businesses and venues like The Curragh, Coolmore Stud, RACE School, 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.

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