11-30-2010, 07:13 PM
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A catch rider is someone who gets hired to ride a horse at a show. It normally involves the warm-up before hand. Normally a catch rider is well known or well established in the area. They must be easily adaptable to a variety of horses (greenies to well schooled). If a CR doesnt follow what the trainer wants them to do in the ring, they may not get asked to ride again.
A lot of jockeys and drivers (for Standardbreds) are known as "catch riders/drivers" as they follow the circuit. Some barns have a rider/driver that gets put down on every horse that comes out of it, but a lot of other horses get ridden/driven by who is available when you enter the horse in a race.