Rideforthecause – Racing for Change

In 2016, a bay filly was born. She was named Rideforthecause and like her name, she was destined to do great things. Each time she ran, Rideforthecause raised awareness and funds that will now change the lives of children around the world.

Rideforthecause’s story is an inspiring testimonial of how equestrians embodied what it means to create change, one stride at a time. Kevin Sanford, Mark Samuel, Kim Samuel, and Rick Balaz of Sam-Son Farm decided that winnings from Rideforthecause would be donated to nonprofit JustWorld International to help sustain and grow the JustWorld education and nutrition programs, empowering the lives of children globally and giving them a leg up to a brighter future. Thanks to the aptly named thoroughbred, this talented filly raced true to her name to create change for a more just world.

The Sam-Son Farm team wanted to spread awareness of the JustWorld programs and invite other equestrians from around the globe to join Rideforthecause in creating a lasting impact – thus the initiative #RIDEFORTHECAUSE was created. The viral #RIDEFORTHECAUSE campaign concept is simple; each time equestrians and followers of the JustWorld Instagram account (www.instagram.com/justworldinternational) participate in the social media initiative, a $100 donation will be made on their behalf thanks to Rideforthecause legacy.

“The impact of this contribution on the lives of children around the world who, at this particular time in history, could not possibly need it more, is immense. This is a gift that will positively improve thousands of children’s quality of life through the education and nutrition programs JustWorld governs and encourage other equestrians and horse owners to get involved,” shared Jessica Newman, JustWorld Founder and President.

More than a financial contribution, the Rideforthecause initiative is an inspiration and unique example of how equestrians can contribute to a global campaign against poverty. The foundation for JustWorld was built upon an idea that equestrians could do what they love and ride for a cause; changing lives around the world. More than 18 years later, thousands of JustWorld Ambassadors from more than 40 countries have banded together to improve the lives of tens of thousands of children in need. Sam-Son Farm hopes that Rideforthecause will generate awareness for JustWorld and engage the network of equestrian supporters who represent the organization.

The Rideforthecause legacy – her story, contribution, and marked impact – allows JustWorld the ability to introduce an innovative way of making positive change for a new level of supporters; whose potential donations will sustain the mission and broaden the reach of JustWorld to help serve more children in more places around the world.


JustWorld International is a humanitarian non-governmental organization that provides education and nutrition programs to transform the lives of children in under-resourced communities around the world.

JustWorld provides a unique opportunity for equestrians and individuals to learn about, experience, and contribute to a global campaign against poverty. JustWorld unites thousands of riders from around the world to give children a leg up to a brighter future. In 2019, JustWorld was selected as an Official Charity Partner of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the largest governing body of equestrian sports.

For more information, please visit: www.justworldinternational.org and follow JustWorldInternational on Instagram @justworldinternational.

Sam-Son Farm has been involved in Canadian Thoroughbred Racing and Breeding for four decades. The late Ernest L. Samuel began Sam-Son Farm in 1972, when the farm’s first trainer, Art Warner claimed “Takaring” at Fort Erie Racecourse. Takaring would become Sam-Son’s first stakes winner, and in 1975 Ernie Samuel purchased his first two yearlings No Class, and Loudrangle at the Woodbine Sales. These two fillies became the foundation of the Sam-Son Farm Broodmare band.
Rideforthecause, a lightly raced daughter of Candy Ride (ARG) out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Danceforthecause notched her first stakes win on Sept. 12 of this year in the G2 Canadian Stakes, at Woodbine. She represents one of the oldest and by far the most successful family in the Sam-Son Farm program, dating back to foundation broodmare, No Class. This filly’s star is on the rise, making her a magnificent racing and breeding opportunity.
After Ernie’s passing in 2000, the farm was run by his daughter Tammy Balaz who continued to lead the farm to numerous victories until her own passing in 2008. The farm is now run by Farm Manager, Dave Whitford, and Racing Manager, Tom Zwiesler, with oversight from farm President, Rick Balaz, and CEO Mark Samuel.
Now celebrating 47 years in the thoroughbred business, Sam-Son prides itself on its incredible team of people who have contributed greatly to the farms’ success.

For more information, please visit: www.samsonfarm.com

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