AJA ISSUE PRESS RELEASE ON DALE JEWETT
The Amateur Jockeys Association are saddened to learn of Dale Jewett’s arrest and subsequent release on bail. We fully support all of our members in times of adversity. This sorry affair has dragged on for over three years which is a massive timescale within the relatively short working life of a jump jockey. The protracted tarnishing of his reputation can only hinder his riding opportunities, which are hard enough to come by for any amateur jockey. At the hearing in 2004, Dale Jewett was the only jockey who had no legal representation. This case highlights a concern shared by both professional and amateur jockeys alike – the unlevel playing field which has been produced through the massive disparity in resources – and leaves a question mark over whether British justice will ever prevail.