Delaware hosts amateur riders’ race
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Delaware recently hosted the International Federation of Gentlemen and Lady Riders’ World Championship for Lady Riders race, with eight amateur competitors from around the world coming to Delaware Park.
The FEGENTRI World Championship featured competitors from France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and the United States. The $20,000 June 11 event, seven and a half furlongs on the grass, was won by Hi Ho Bambino, ridden by Berit Weber of Germany. She and all other competitors are amateurs who share a love of horses and riding.
W. Duncan Patterson, secretary-commissioner of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission who also serves as president and treasurer of the Amateur Riders Club of America, and his wife, Beasie Patterson, chaperoned the riders and shuttled them around Delaware during their visit.
“My daughters were both amateur riders, so I know the importance of races such as this,” Patterson said. “Beasie and I are very thankful for Delaware Park’s continued support of the FEGENTRI program. We look forward to future races.”
Don Yovanovich, executive director of the Amateur Riders Club of America, a FEGENTRI member, said Delaware Park has been an annual stop for the amateur riders, and its support is valued.
“Delaware Park is very important to us in our summer schedule, and never ceases to impress everyone with the quality of its turf course and facilities,” Yovanovich said.
FEGENTRI includes members from 24 countries who ride in two championships each year, one for men and one for women. The organization was founded in 1955 by representatives from France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland.
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