American amateur riders Sarah Shaffer and Eric Poretz just missed sweeping the three Fegentri races for international amateur jockeys at Mannheim, Germany, on Sunday. Shaffer won her Ladies individual division race by a half-length, and Poretz triumphed by 2 1/4 lengths.
In addition, Poretz finished second in the Mannheim Cross Country Steeplechase and moved into second place in the men’s standings. Both are licensed National Steeplechase Association jockeys, and Poretz won this year’s Maryland Hunt Cup aboard Senior Senator.
A week earlier at the Berlin-Hoppegarten race course in Germany, NSA-licensed jockeys Bethany Buamgardner and Erika Taylor represented the United States in the Fegentri World Cup of Nations Team Championship Race. Bethany finished fourth in a 12-horse field and Erika was unplaced on a longshot. Baumgardner’s fourth-place finish keeps the U.S. team in the top-five rankings.
The strong performances overseas on Sunday marked the sixth and seventh International Fegertri races that six American riders have won in 2016. Five men have won one race each, and Shaffer has two wins. The most recent wins assured the U.S. riders a guaranteed ride in the Championship races in all three divisions, a first for the team from the Amateur Riders Club of America.
ARCA Executive Director Donald Yovanovich is seeking funds to support the overseas travel for the American riders. To support their record-breaking year, please contact Yovanovich at (540) 270-0115 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.