Month: September 2009

Reminder to amateurs riding winners abroad


Please can all amateur jockeys riding winners abroad remember on their return to let LAURA MONGER know of their success so that their records can be updated.  Laura is Licensing Assistant, based at the BHA on 0207 152 0148 or you can e-mail her on




Calling all those interested in taking part in a charity race in aid of RACING WELFARE and THE INJURED JOCKEYS FUND, we are delighted to announce that we are returning to TOWCESTER on Thursday 5th NOVEMBER at the very kind invitation of Kevin Ackerman and Clerk of the Course, Robert Bellamy.  For further details please contact Sarah Oliver on 01886 884488 or e-mail

AJA represented in Bratislava, Budapest and Turkey this week and USA next!


Ruth Jefferson is just back from a weekend representing Great Britain in the European Lady Jockeys Championship held in Bratislava and Budapest over 2 days and although she did not triumph, she enjoyed the experience!

Meanwhile Claire Allen, currently enjoying pole position in the ladies Fegentri series representing Great Britain with two Flat wins in Sweden and France (Claire’s first Flat wins in her career with 92 point-to-point wins and 5 jump wins under Rules), travels today to Turkey for the next challenge there.

Ian Chanin, fresh from his Fegentri triumph on home turf on Saturday night at Royal Windsor where he rode his second Flat win of his career having won on 2nd July in Norway, now prepares for the USA next week as part of the gentleman riders’ Fegentri series in his role as gentleman representative for Great Britain.

With this year’s GB Fegentri representatives both being prolific winning point-to-point jockeys, it is great to see each of them excel on the Flat in both the Ladies and Gentlemen’s Fegentri World Championships.

WENDY GIBSON making good recovery and MICHELLE HUGO also recuperating after back injury


Its good to report that Wendy Gibson’s recovery from her fall earlier this season is going well and she has just begun riding out again with a view to returning to race riding in the near future.  Good luck to Wendy and we all wish her well and look forward to seeing her back in action on the racecourse before too long!

Meanwhile, over in Newmarket Michelle Hugo is recuperating after fracturing her back in a freak fall whilst riding out recently.  This is especially bad luck for Michelle having only recently returned to the saddle after recovering from breaking her leg badly in a fall at the end of last year.  Michelle is now out of hospital and resting at home and we all wish her well again very soon.  Michelle is one of our most stylish lady jockeys, having won the Best Dressed Lady Competition at Cheltenham Festival this year!  (Michelle pictured on left) michellehughox30.jpg