Jenn Springer Patterson ’03 is exercise rider of Derby champ

Gettysburg alumna prepares horse with Triple Crown potential

“Do great work.” One has to wonder if Jenn Springer Patterson ’03 has been whispering this Gettysburg College motto into the ear of Orb, the horse that captured the national spotlight and hearts of sports fans everywhere by winning the 2013 Kentucky Derby. 

Patterson serves as the exercise rider of Orb, a role where she logs hundreds of hours aboard the champion carrying out conditioning plans. Her efforts, essential to Orb’s success, helped propel the horse to a 2 minute 2.89 second race time and the ceremonial garland of roses at Churchill Downs.

“While I was in College, I thought I would have been doing something else,” said Patterson, who graduated from Gettysburg with a degree in management, but never strayed far from the stables.

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