The first of the gentleman’s Fegentri races took place today in Oman with GB represented by team member Will Pettis. An additional place became available for a non-team member and Craig Dowson, better known as a jump and point-to-point jockey, made the most of it by enjoying a winning ride! Many congratulations to Craig on making our return to Fegentri a winning one!
The AJA are delighted to announce our teams of Fegentri riders for 2019 as follows:
Longines Fegentri World Championship for Gentlemen Riders (Flat): William Easterby, James Harding, Pat Millman, Will Pettis and David Prichard
Longines Fegentri World Championship for Lady Riders (Flat): Carol Bartley, Serena Brotherton, Jessica Gillam, Antonia Peck and Hannah Welch
The gentlemen have plenty to look forward to with trips to be shared between all 5 of them to Oman, Germany, Spain, Sweden, France, and Italy * whilst the girls also have much to be excited about with trips to be shared to Oman, Switzerland, Martinique, Germany, France, Norway, Italy, Sweden, Czech Republic, Belgium, Turkey, Austria and Mauritius *.
* subject to invitation
With our return to membership of Fegentri for 2019, we are also delighted to announce that we will be supporting the Gentleman’s League (Jump) this year which comes under the Fegentri umbrella and that David Prichard will be our representative.
The Gentleman’s League calendar for 2019 includes:
21st March Cork, Ireland 19th May Auteuil, France 30th May Le Lion d’Angers, France 27th August Waregem, Belgium 28th Sept Merano, Italy 13th Oct Pardubice, Czech Republic 8th Nov Compienge, France
There is also a point-to-point at Chateau Gonthier in France on 4th May so plenty of fun to be had!
If YOU would like to represent UK and ride abroad but have not necessarily had the requisite 5 wins for Fegentri and/or struggle to do 9 stone (girls) or under 10 stone (lads) then please e-mail email@example.com for any other international trips which crop up from time to time so that your name can be added to the list of interested jockeys. If you cannot commit to the whole series, it would still be useful to know if you may be interested in an occasional ride abroad. Please note: Lady jockeys can also apply for the Gentleman’s League!
Good luck to all of Team GB for a great Fegentri 2019!✈️🏇🍀😎
Whilst we all await the annual 🇮🇪Irish🇮🇪 invasion to Cheltenham it was brilliant to have a small invasion of our own 🇬🇧British🇬🇧 team Zac Baker, Alex Edwards, Brodie Hampson and Tabitha Worsley flying over to Fairyhouse for the inaugural Anglo/Irish Challenge Chase on 13th February and taking on the formidable Irish team on their own turf headed by Patrick Mullins, Derek O’Connor, Aine O’Connor and Lisa O’Neill.
13 went to post and ultimately half of each team did not complete, with GB’s Alex unseated and Zac pulling up, whilst Aine and Patrick were also PU. Sadly we did not have a team member in the winner’s enclosure but Tabitha had a great spin for Gordon Elliott on KAYR THOU to finish 3rd, bringing home the trophy for GB, with Lisa and Derek 4th and 5th respectively and Brodie 6th.
We really appreciate these international invitation races which give unique race riding opportunities to our members and huge thanks must go again to Fairyhouse’s Peter Roe for his kindness as well as Susan Leahy for her support, with the re-run in 2020 already eagerly awaited!🏇🍀🏇🍀🏇🍀
Next Wednesday 13th February sees the inaugural running of the Ireland v Britain (Q.R.) Challenge Handicap Steeplechase at Fairyhouse by kind agreement with Peter Roe. Many thanks to Peter and also to Susan Leahy for this special race to look forward to.
Team Ireland (2 gentlemen and 2 lady amateur riders) will compete v Team GB with each team drawn from the 8 top weighted declared runners with the race run over just under 3 miles (2m 7f).
Good luck to our GB representatives – last season’s joint champion gentlemen runners-up Zac Baker and Alex Edwards together with leading lady riders Brodie Hampson and Tabitha Worsley 🍀🇮🇪🇬🇧🍀🏇🍀🏇🍀🏇🍀🏇🍀🇬🇧🇮🇪🍀
We are delighted to announce that the AJA are returning to Fegentri which will give opportunities to many of our members to enjoy racing abroad on the Flat. This follows the good news that Fegentri rules have been updated to allow up to 5 gentlemen and 5 lady riders to represent their country and take part in the LONGINES FEGENTRI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR LADY RIDERS AND FOR GENTLEMEN RIDERS rather than restrict this to one individual as in the past.
This weekend sees the annual Fegentri General Assembly in St Moritz and details will follow of this year’s calendar in due course.
Meanwhile applications are invited from amateur jockeys to take part in this exciting opportunity to become part of Team GB for 2019.
Jockeys must have ridden a minimum of 5 winners (which can include point-to-points) with ladies able to ride at 58 kg (9 stone) and gentlemen at 62 kg (under 10 stone ie 9 stone 11 lbs).
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like an application form.
Congratulations to David Maxwell fresh from the Arqana Autumn Sales on Monday where under the guidance of Guy Petit he purchased Cat Tiger who he partnered at Auteuil this afternoon when riding against professionals in the Prix Morgex.
Having never sat on the horse before getting legged up, David actually parted company with him on the way to the start but this did nothing to damage their relationship as the partnership duly won!!
“He’s a real professional, though I fell off him on the way down to the start” said David. “It comes as a bit of a surprise the way you jump a fence on the way to the start in France. I’d never sat on the horse before and I only saw him for the first time on Monday at the sales. The first time I ever sat on him, I fell off him but won a Grade 3. Fantastic!”
“He’s going to Paul Nicholls and he’ll run in hunter chases next season” continued David. “We’ll probably keep him to hurdles this season and then hunter chases after that.”
This Friday 9 November sees the finales of both the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship (IFAHR) and also the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Apprentices World Championship (IFAHR) in Abu Dhabi.
10 jockeys ride in each race as follows:
Ladies: Belgium’s Sara Vermeersch (winner in Stockholm), France’s Marie Lemartinel (winner in Morocco) and Mégane Peslier (winner in Toulouse), Germany’s Rebecca Danz (winner in St Moritz), Ireland’s Evanna McCutcheon (winner in Oman), Italy’s Ilaria Saggiomo Ilaria (winner in Netherlands), Morocco’s Zineb Briouil, Netherlands Nadia Ibrahim, Sweden’s Tina Henriksson (winner in Houston USA) and UK’s Antonia Peck.
Apprentices: Belgium’s Sanne De Ceulaer (winner in Seville) and Jurico Bogaerts (winner in Ostend), Germany’s Esther Weißmeier, Ireland’s Eoin Walsh (winner in Copenhagen), Oman’s Abdul Aziz Al Balushi (winner in Morocco), Poland’s Joanna Grzybowska, Russia’s Anna Makarova, Spain’s Alejandra Gutierrez Baeza (winner in Tarbes), Sweden’s Andreas Tapia Dalbark (winner in Oman) and UK’s Patrick Pilley.
Many thanks as always to Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, Chairman of the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA) and Chairman of Ladies & Apprentice Racing Committees in the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities (IFAHR), and thanks also to our hosts in Abu Dhabi – Pat Buckley and Sam Shinsky – for their kind and generous support.
The international ladies race so kindly organised by France’s top lady jockey Barbara Guenet took place on Sunday 28 October.
After a fantastic few days on the magical island of Mauritius, 3 UK lady jockeys – Lorna Brooke, Jodie Hughes and Charly Prichard – rode there alongside fellow ladies representing France, Spain, Switzerland and Czech Republic.
Many congratulations to Charly Prichard on riding the winner for UK with Jodie Hughes 4th and Lorna Brooke 5th in a close finish! What a great end to a wonderful few days in the sun. Many thanks to Barbara for organising this unique trip.
You can watch the thrilling closing stages of the race here:
We owe a debt of gratitude to our friends at the Wuhan Jockey Club in China – Kit Wu and Coco Yao – for hosting such an amazing trip for our amateur jockeys representing Ireland and the UK recently, Ciaran Jones and George Eddery.
Although both jockeys were unplaced in the race which took place on 27th October, they relished the experience of race riding in China as well as the Chinese culture.
We really appreciate the kind hospitality and wonderful opportunity extended to our members to ride in the Far East. Thank you Wuhan Jockey Club!
There is a possibility for a light amateur gentleman jockey to enjoy the opportunity to ride in China later this month from 26 to 28 October by kind invitation of Wuhan Jockey Club. The race is a 1200 metre non-handicapped for non-Thoroughbreds on 27 October and details are yet to be confirmed. All expenses of flight and accommodation will be met.
In addition it is hoped that future trips will be available to not only China but also other countries worldwide for gentleman riders with plans currently in progress.
If you are nearer 9 stone than 10 stone and would like to put your name forward, please e-mail your details (including total number of rides and wins as well as age and weight) to email@example.com.