One lucky pony jockey will get a chance this November to represent the U.S. at the 2018 International Ponies Cup held during the H.H. Sheikha Latifa Bint Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Racing Festival in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The festival is the world’s richest Arabian horse racing event featuring nearly $1.4 million in prize money. Pony jockeys, ages 10-14, from Spain, Sweden, France, Belgium, New Zealand, Italy, United Kingdom and the U.S. will race in the International Ponies Cup.

The U.S. rider representative will be selected this weekend on September 23 at the High Hopes Steeplechase in Lexington, KY. The jockey with the most points at the High Hopes Steeplechase earns a round trip to Abu Dhabi, including travel funds for the winner’s parents. The following jockeys are nominated for the Abu Dhabi festival: Hannah Belt, Parker Hendriks, Joey DiPierro, Taylor Kingsley, Teddy Davies and Austin Belt.

Good luck everyone!

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