07/21/2014 12:25PM

Ex-racehorse with Napravnik aboard finishes fifth in eventing competition


Jockey Rosie Napravnik tried her hand at eventing recently, finishing fifth in a novice division of the Riga Meadow Horse Trials in Salisbury, Conn., July 14, with her off-the-track Thoroughbred Old Ironsides.

Eventing, often described as an equestrian triathlon, consists of a dressage competition, a cross-country jumping phase, and a stadium jumping test. Old Ironsides – known as Sugar – and Napravnik scored of 36.10 in dressage, then picked up no time or jumping faults in the two over-fences phases to finish on that score. It was good for fifth place in the Novice-C division, and was less than four points behind winner Laura Leger and Redz Passion, who tallied 32.20.

Old Ironsides, a 13-year-old Rubiano gelding, spent the bulk of his career racing in claiming company on the Mid-Atlantic circuit, winning 6 of 38 starts for earnings of $123,395. Napravnik rode him nine times, piloting him to victory at Laurel Park and Delaware Park. The gelding ran his last race in September 2008, and Napravnik, a lifelong equestrian, re-homed him, taking him to her mother’s farm in Maryland.

Napravnik is an advocate for Thoroughbred aftercare, serving as a member of the Old Friends board of directors and participating in a social media fundraising drive that raised $35,000 for the organization during Triple Crown season. In 2013, the popular jockey became the first woman to ride in all three Triple Crown events during the same year, finishing third in last year’s Preakness Stakes aboard Mylute. She is the only woman to win the Kentucky Oaks, taking the filly classic aboard Believe You Can in 2012 and Untapable this year. She will ride the latter filly in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational this coming Sunday at Monmouth Park.

Susan Ross More than 1 year ago
So nice to see other people care about these horses once they are off the track. Rosie, you are a saint.
Melann Johnston More than 1 year ago
She is hands down the best female rider in the country!!! Over fences or on a track she is tops!!!
Suzanne Hodge Birks More than 1 year ago
Shine on, Rosie. So glad you're back.
Debra Croff More than 1 year ago
well rosie my wife and i r very proud to c someone like urself still caring about te horse look at the big shots u r riding with needless to say u have them whipped when it comes to heart u go rosie and we will always clap when u win a race because its more than that for u we think the wourld of u rosie good luck and hope to c the bambino someday soon
Rosemarie Cola More than 1 year ago
Nice going Rosie, hope to shake your hand at the Haskell this Sunday.
Bob Rose More than 1 year ago
God Bless you Rosie, from each one one those retired darlin's your assistance has brought happiness to. You are a w t n n e r!!!