Following the retirement of Marcus Armytage and Eve Johnson-Houghton, both Ian Balding and Nick Gaselee were welcomed as Directors of the AJA at the AGM held on Wednesday 24th March at Weatherbys in Wellingborough.
Sandy Murphy also retired as Racing Executive from the AJA but we are delighted that we will not be losing touch with her as Sandy was voted Vice-President of FEGENTRI at the General Assembly in St Moritz in February.
Elain Mellor also retired as Company Secretary and we are pleased to announce that Sara Moore has taken on this role.
The AJA are pleased to announce that for 2005, the 50th year of FEGENTRI, Sara Moore and Justin Morgan will be our representatives for Great Britain. This weekend Sara and Justin travelled to Siracusa in Sicily for the first of their races in this year’s FEGENTRI calendar. Sara was 4th in the ladies race and Justin was lucky enough to have two rides in which he WON the gentlemen’s race and was second in the Italians’ leg of the World Cup of Nations.
Congratulations to Justin on a great start to the season!
Following Saturday’s racing, Lingfield hosted their annual All Weather Awards Dinner at which Scott Dobson was presented by Greg Nichols, Chief Executive of the BHB, with a silver cup in recognition of his winning the Amateur All Weather Championship.
Unlike the professionals, our amateur season is run over 12 months in order that every winning and placed amateur jockey has points awarded. When the amateurs’ race riding opportunities are so limited compared with professional jockeys, this only seems fair.
The new Amateur All Weather 2005/2006 season therefore has already begun as from Sunday 20th March 2005!
To end a memorable evening, Scott was lucky enough to win a raffle prize – a 2 night stay at a 5* Scottish hotel – much to the delight of his girlfriend Kathryn. Many congratulations to Scott.
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