Last week the headline said - "Here Comes Joel" - and this week it says - "There Goes Joel".
     And with good reason.  After moving into the number two spot with 8,480 points last week behind Knox Blackburn, Joel added 1,960 point this week to take the lead for the first time this year.  Joel becomes the fourth different leader in the Riders Cup this year and also leads Riders Cup classes shown in with 64.

     Link Webb moved up to the second spot with 9,490 points in 62 classes while last week's leader Knox Blackburn dropped to third with 9,450 points.  Link has shown in 62 classes and has lead the standings two different weeks while Knox has appeared in 58 classes and lead the standings for five weeks, including the last three prior to Joel's surge.  The other leader this year was Brock Tillman who has lead on four different occasions.

     Fourth place in the standings is a tie between Herbert Derickson with 7,610 point in 46 classes and Jimmy McConnell in 42 classes. 
     The Riders Cup is in it's second year and is a joint project of the Walking Horse Report and the Walking Horse Trainers' Association.  Complete results are available exclusively on this site and in the print edition of The Report.