Meet the Jockeys

Our jockeys are training hard to get to their fitness peak in preparation for a mile race on the flat. Each of them is raising money for our different, vital appeals. You can follow and support our jockey’s journeys, through their highs and lows on JustGiving as they reach their fundraising targets.

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Wetherby

Wetherby Racecourse, West Yorkshire on 29th October 2021


George Atkinson

I have always wanted to be a jockey even from when I was little, I would tack up and ride the sofa arm watching the races and trying to win, imagining I was in the race beating AP McCoy on the nod every time. Now finally I have a chance to get onto a racetrack and see how I can do.

Lauren Belt

I have always had a passion for horse racing, I have worked in the racing industry for the last eight years. When I applied for this charity race, I never thought I would get picked so that came as a massive shock but is a great honour to have this amazing opportunity. I have decided to raise money for the Changing Lives through Horses campaign. This campaign was the main reason I was encouraged to apply for the charity race, I think this is an amazing program with real benefits, I know a lot of young people who have struggled with communication in school and have struggled with life skills you and I would take for granted.

Tabitha Bentley

I have always enjoyed going to the races for many years as a spectator and have always thought it would be good fun to be on the other side of the railings. So, this year I decided to take on the challenge of learning something new and what better way to do that than through raising money for charity.

Katie Brown

Horses are my life giving me a purpose and reason to be strong even in the dark times we have all shared during the pandemic. I spent my late teens early twenties working in racing and loved every minute. I used to dream of what it would be like to be in an actual real- life race on the track! Little old me is going to live her wildest dream – a dream that would never have been a reality without the BHS.

Rosie Harris

Last year I jumped headfirst at the opportunity to work for the BHS, and nearly a year on I am still discovering all of the amazing work they do for the equestrian community and beyond.

To help raise funds for the BHS, I have opted to take up the reins to compete in the Wetherby charity race. This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and up until now only ever a crazy daydream of mine, but I've been given the chance to head to the starting line and race eight furlongs around a famous racecourse!

Claire Howie

I have been wanting to do this for years but more so after a bad riding accident left me with a brain haemorrhage. I vowed I would raise money for a charity in some way and what a way to do it!

I am ex-army and now an HGV driver. I love eventing my ex-racers and my real passion is rehoming ex racers to event.

 

Danni Thexton

I have ridden for 21 years and for the majority of that I have shown ponies/horses up to top level including qualifying for the Royal International Horse Show and the Horse of the Year Show.

Whilst doing this I have also worked with racehorses for the past 11 years. Watching the dedication, fitness and love the jockeys have for the sport has been something I’ve wanted to have the opportunity to take part in.

Anna Tuer

My family has always had a background within the racing community. My grandad, Edwin Tuer, was a racehorse trainer and my dad, Grant Tuer is an amateur jockey and now trains flat racehorses.

After finishing A-Levels I started riding out full time on our racing yard at home, where I quickly grew a passion for the sport. I am really looking forward to riding in the charity race and training towards the fitness test which is certainly going to be a challenge.

Harry Wood

I have been around horses all my life and first rode a pony at the age of 6 months whilst sat in a little wooden basket. I have always wanted to become a jockey but soon realised show jumping would be the sport I wished to progress with.

I am really looking forward to the Wetherby charity race as I have always dreamed of riding in a race. I am more focussed for this than ever before to put myself through my paces from fitness work to the differences of riding out racehorses.

 

Maurice McCarthy

this will be Maurice’s 54th charity race with his biggest achievement being winning the Newmarket town plate by a record 86 lengths and breaking the previous 350 year record by 28 seconds.

Maurice has also raised in excess of £275,000 now for various charities and will continue to ride in charity races and raise money until his legs won’t get him to the track!!!

Maurice would like to thank all his friends and family for there continued support in his charity races. 

 


Newbury Jockeys

Newbury Racecourse, Berkshire on 4th November 2021


Michael Andrews

I’ve always loved horses, ever since I was young, but I was never fortunate enough to have my own. When I moved to London in late 2018 after my last year of university, I had no opportunities to ride at all. That wasn’t a casual factor, the city environment and the bad job were, but I ended up with anxiety and depression. I decided to quit my job nine months in because I was so unhappy and not really myself. I moved out to work as the Social Media Marketing Executive at Goodwood Racecourse just two weeks before Glorious Goodwood 2019. I genuinely say to myself, because this really was the case, that instead of jumping in front of a car, I jumped on a horse.

I think that’s mainly why I’d like to raise money for the Changing Lives Through Horses campaign, it sums up my experience. I went from riding rarely, to now three times a week minimum

 

Amy Ferris

Always had horses in the family and loved my time working in racing. I have always wanted to take part in a charity race but never have ben bold enough to apply – until lockdown boredom set in!

 

Sean O’Connell

Weighing out, getting legged up and riding in a 1 mile flat race around the Group/Grade 1 track at Newbury really is my version of living the dream and on 4th November i'll be doing just that.... How lucky am I.. 

Back in February The British Horse Society kindly accepted me to ride in their annual race and since then, with the goal set, the all consuming training began.

I don't have a riding background and I hadn't sat on a horse for 25 years until last summer and, with the help of Epsom racing stalwart Dave Jefferies and his versatile horse ' Marcus', I got going again, cantering up and down pony hill, strengthening up the legs. Since August 2020 i've been riding out regularly for local trainer Pat Phelan and also more recently with fellow Epsom trainers Mick Attwater and Simon Dow, stepping up to 3-4 mornings a week. Pat and his staff at Ermyn Lodge Stables have been unbelievably helpful and patient giving me the confidence and skills to be able to spread my wings and ride out at other yards. The  journey so far of riding various horses on the numerous grass, fibre sand and poly track gallops at Epsom has been an absolute pleasure and I can't thank the trainers enough for the opportunities and support. 

Winning isn't everything but the will to win certainly is so i will be doing my very best for those who have generously sponsored me. We are raising money for the British Horse Society and the particular campaign my funds will go to is the Second Chance - Rehoming Project

 

Josh Thompson

As I no longer event myself, I really miss the buzz of competing and cannot wait to take on the challenge of the race day at Newbury. I get a huge thrill out of working on the gallops and I am looking forward to taking this to the racecourse. I ran the Cheltenham Half Marathon in 2019 and was looking for another challenge to take on, this fits the bill perfectly.

Emma Watson

Horses have always been a passion of mine, riding from an early age I started the racing bug at 16 working for Polly Gundry, I have been lucky enough to work for some great trainers along with Richard Woollacott, Stuart Pike and currently with Leslie Jefford.

I currently ride in points to points and have won the Devon and Cornwall lady novice jockey award in 2017 on my own horses.

When I saw the chance to ride in this charity race it really caught my eye as it’s not every day you get to ride on a National Hunt course, I’m very competitive and really excited about this opportunity.

Greta Sparey

Since having a serious accident where I was kicked in the face by my horse whilst at a competition in 2017 – I have decided life is precious and you should grab each and every opportunity that comes your way in life! I have ridden since the age of 5 and have enjoyed pony club, hunting team chasing, and eventing but have always had a dream to compete in a proper race. I have ticked the Point to Pointing box when I rode in our local hunt race a few years ago but this race will be the icing on the cake!

Kate Welch

I’m a 53-year-old ex-Naval Officer and served for 22 years. Now I enjoy teaching and eventing, and training ex racehorses.

After helping out a local trainer last year and feeling the phenomenal speed and power of a thoroughbred on the gallops, the seed was sown and I’m so thrilled to have been given the chance to ride in this race.

Chelsea Khan

As a late entry to the BHS charity race, I will be working extra hard to catch up and be race ready. I have been riding pretty much all my life, but never even sat on a racehorse until now! It is an absolute honour and once in a lifetime experience for me and I am beyond excited to race at Newbury.

I lead a very busy life as a fourth-year vet student, as well as working in vet practices. I also have my own little zoo at home including my own horses (including a 2021 foal), mice (which I breed and show), rabbits, degus, a tortoise and a blue tongue skink! I am also extremely competitive, so I have planned lots of PT sessions to help me pass the dreaded fitness test, and have already found a yard to train with!


Emilie Hardy

Over the last 18 months more than ever I have felt that it is so important to make the most of every opportunity that comes my way. I was lucky enough to be given Cloudy when he retired from National hunt racing, and he has given me some on the best days doing things that I could only have dreamed of doing as a child.

It would mean so much to me to ride him in this charity race raising money for such a good cause. Changing lives through horses will make such a difference to so many young people. Horses give you a sense of freedom and encourage you to live in the moment, which can improve your mental health. Being around animals and nature bring such positive benefits and the BHS is ensuring that everyone can access and enjoy this regardless of their background.

 

Watch our video of Newbury Riders Sophie & Issy talking about their experience


Take a look at our '5 Essential Requirements to be a Jockey' article if you are interested in learning more about the process

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