Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser

Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser

Fundraiser to benefit PDJF raises more than $112,000.

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The seventh annual sale of stallion breeding seasons which ended January 25 to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund raised $112,050, compared to $72,500 in 2022. The sale marked revenue increases in both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse stallion seasons, sold for the third time this year. However, increases were more pronounced in the Quarter Horse breeding industry, accounting for $71,500 of the total proceeds.

The seasons were donated by breeders in six states, including several leading farms in Central Kentucky. The sale, which started in 2017, has raised over $600,000 for PDJF, which pays a monthly stipend of $1,000 to some 60 jockeys who suffered catastrophic career-ending injuries while riding in both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse races.

“The season donors as well as the buyers in both racing industries upped their game this year to help those former jockeys who gave a big part of lives to this sport and we thank them all,” said Jockeys and Jeans President Barry Pearl. “I have to give a big shout out to Quarter Horse racing legend G.R. Carter Jr., who procured every single one of the donors from his side of the sport.” 

Carter, 57, won a record 10 American Quarter Horse Racing Association Championships and holds the record for wins, 3,906 and money won, over $75 million. He is both a PDJF Board Member and Jockeys and Jeans organizing committee member. 

“I do this for the same reasons other people help out those who permanently gave their health for the benefit of horse racing,” Carter said. “A lot of these injured former riders were friends of mine and the same thing could have happened to me, or for that matter any jockey no matter what their level of success or how high their profile.”  

Jockeys and Jeans, founded in late 2014 by five former jockeys, has raised more than $2.7 million for PDJF through an annual fundraising event and stallion season sale.          
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