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Who We Are

The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) is an independent charitable organization that provides financial assistance to jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. The PDJF was created in 2006 as a collaborative effort of leaders representing race tracks, jockeys, horsemen’s groups, and others within the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse industries. In 2009, the PDJF became a freestanding 501(c)(3) public charity governed by a board of directors comprised of stakeholders from a broad cross-section of the horse racing industry. The PDJF is an all-volunteer organization, with over 90% of donations going directly to its beneficiaries.

What We Do

The PDJF provides much-needed financial support to permanently disabled jockeys who have given so much to the sport of horse racing. Currently the PDJF supports 60 former riders who have suffered paralysis, brain injuries, or both. Since its founding in 2006 we have disbursed nearly $9 million dollars in aid. Many of the jockeys we serve were injured while in their 20s and 30s and face decades of living with a disability. They have lost their income and the opportunity to build a financial cushion sufficient to support themselves and their families.

 

Our Mission

  • Promote awareness of the needs of permanently disabled jockeys through public advocacy;
  • Provide financial support to permanently disabled jockeys to help defray everyday expenses associated with living with a catastrophic injury;
  • Provide financial support and assistance in obtaining medical coverage for permanently disabled jockeys;
  • Promote medical research dedicated to reducing catastrophic injuries within the horse racing industry.

 

Our Need For Permanent Funding

The PDJF has no guaranteed funding from within the horse racing industry and is 100% dependent on donations from people like YOU! The PDJF Endowment Fund is of critical importance to provide long-term, stable funding for many years to come so that we do not have to rely on the charitable donations of individuals and organizations year-to-year. To be successful, the endowment must be supported by all facets of the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing industries. Our goal is to build a self-sustaining, permanent funding mechanism so that our jockeys are never in jeopardy of receiving monthly assistance from the Fund.

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Testimonials

Happy Clients

G R Carter

These jockeys sacrificed their health so the industry can race horses. The PDJF is the best vehicle to provide financial assistance to these ex-athletes for their misfortune. I whole-heartedly support the PDJF and feel that the people in our industry should feel compelled to step up to the plate and help to support these permanently disabled jockeys.

Eight Time Recipient of the American Quarter Horse Association
(AQHA) World Champion Jockey

Jerry Bailey

Although I broke 17 bones in a 31-year career as a jockey, I consider myself both fortunate and blessed, yes I am one of the lucky ones. One of those who was able to walk away in relatively good health, and those that haven't been so fortunate desperately need our continued support. Very few jockeys are the millionaires that so many picture, and they struggle to meet both the emotional and financial demands that come with being disabled. Please find it in your heart to help the dedicated men and women that have given us all so many thrills on the backs of the animals that we hold so dear.

Retired
Hall of Fame Jockey
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