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The General Assembly of FEGENTRI was held in Doha, Qatar on 26th February at the kind invitation of Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club General Manager, Sami Jassim al Boenain. The first ladies races of the Fegentri season were held on the following days with Gemma Gracey-Davison having her first taste of representing Great Britain, finishing unplaced. David Turner also attended the GA to collect his silver spur for his World Flat Title of 2007.
It was agreed at the GA that not only should Arab race wins count towards the required 5 win total to give amateur jockeys eligibility to represent their countries but also that point-to-point wins should be given the same status, thereby enabling many more candidates to put themselves forward. This was welcomed by both Great Britain and Ireland.
If you are interested in riding abroad, please send your details and race riding history to Sarah Oliver at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the AJA office on 01886 884488.
Thanks to the kind co-operation of both the BHA’s Racing Planning and Sedgefield Racecourse, we have been very lucky in having the lost fixture (ground frozen) of 19th February rescheduled, now to take place on 8th April and become the 5th of the 6 races in the series.
The series now looks like:
and the points table can be viewed within our Championship tables.
Many congratulations to Wendy Gibson who rode her first flat winner in Ipoh, Malaysia, on 8th February, just beating her compatriate Laura Gray! Both lady riders had a wonderful trip out to KL and many thanks as always to the Malaysia Amateur Racing Association for their wonderful hospitality. It was great to see Laura bounce back after her horrific fall at Wolverhampton in December from which she miraculously escaped unscathed.
Congratulations also to Tom Weston who will be the gentleman representative for Great Britain for 2008 alongside Gemma Gracey-Davison who will represent the ladies. Gemma will enjoy her first race of the season in Qatar at the end of February when the Fegentri General Assembly will be held in Doha. David Turner will be attending to collect his silver spur for his fantastic achievement in 2007 by winning the Fegentri Gentleman Flat World Championship and the AJA board will be represented by Dr Philip Pritchard.
Great Britain will be hosting 4 Fegentri races in 2008 as follows:
Friday evening 6th June (Ladies Night) DONCASTER Ladies Flat Race
Sunday 13th July STRATFORD-ON-AVON Gentlemen’s Hurdle Race
Sunday 24th August GOODWOOD World Cup of Nations Race
Saturday 30th August SANDOWN Gentlemen’s Derby
Don’t forget – if you are interested in representing Great Britain and enjoying a ride abroad, please contact Sarah Oliver. For invitation races (of which there are a few per year) there is no criteria, although you cannot be considered unless you have some experience. Point-to-pointing experience can be taken into account. For Fegentri races (which earn points for the Fegentri scoreboard) you must have ridden a minimum of 5 wins under Rules and/or Arab racing, and point-to-point wins can only be of help.
The AJA are delighted to announce that the BHA have very kindly agreed to offer AJA members 25 complimentary places per year on the Category B course as from April 2008.
The strict criteria for applicants remains intact and applicants will be treated on a first come first served basis. The ruling of 15 complete rides over obstacles under Rules or 20 placed point-to-point rides or a combination of the two will be enforced rigorously. Please note that all bookings must come through the LICENSING DEPARTMENT at the BHA.
We hope that this will take care of every AJA member’s needs and it is excellent to know that nobody’s career will be hindered in future by the high costs (£731 per person) of this course.
We are of course extremely grateful to the BHA for their loyal support of amateur riders.
Following her move from Exeter to Odstock Spinal Injuries Unit near Salisbury on 21st January, Sarah Gaisford is getting on well with adapting to her new way of life.
Please give Sarah some moral support and send her a card at:
Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre
Salisbury District Hospital
Wiltshire SP2 8BJ
For a regular update on Sarah’s progress, visit the blog kindly set up by Lucy Johnson.
Please log onto friendsofsarahgaisford.blogspot.com
Plans are soon to be announced of a major fund raising campaign for Sarah involving every member of the AJA throughout Great Britain! Watch this space and see if YOU can help to make a difference to helping Sarah’s future.
Would you like to enjoy the chance of a lifetime to ride under Rules in Malaysia? The AJA have received an invitation for two lady riders to ride at Ipoh on 8th February. Travel would be to arrive on 6th February in Kuala Lumpur and to return home on 9th or 10th February. Sorry but you must pay for your own air fare (around £500) but everything else will be paid for by your host country and you will be very well looked after by the Malaysian Amateur Racing Association. If you would like to enjoy racing in the Far East, please contact Sarah Oliver immediately. All applicants will be given serious consideration! Any winning rides abroad count towards your career total!
Facilities are now in place for donations to be made to the SARAH GAISFORD FUND to help Sarah whilst she faces an uncertain future. A bank account in Sarah’s name has been opened at Weatherbys Bank.
If you would like to make a donation, please make your cheque payable to THE SARAH GAISFORD FUND and post it TOGETHER WITH YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS (to avoid tax) to AJA, CREWS HILL HOUSE, ALFRICK, WORCESTER. WR6 5HF
Or if you prefer, you can call at the offices of GORDON CHAMBERS, well known auctioneer in the West Country, at SAWDYE AND HARRIS, WEST STREET, ASHBURTON. Gordon has very kindly agreed to act as a local collection point and will forward on your donations. Again, please leave you name and address with your donation as all gifts have to be recorded here at the AJA before they are paid into the bank account set up for Sarah.
Sarah still awaits being moved to Odstock and thanks everyone for their get well wishes and messages of support.
Sarah Gaisford continues to make slow progress in the Royal Devon and Exeter as she regains her strength following her serious fall at Exeter before Christmas. Whilst Sarah faces a long road to recovery, arrangements are underway for a bank account to be opened at Weatherbys Bank for the SARAH GAISFORD FUND. Full details of how you can donate to Sarah’s fund will appear here within the next few days. Meanwhile, Sarah awaits availability of a bed at Odstock Spinal Injuries Unit, Salisbury and for the time being cards can be sent to her at:
Royal Devon And Exeter Hospital
EXETER EX2 5DW
Congratulations to this year’s Fegentri representatives for Great Britain, David Turner and Marie King, for being such brilliant ambassadors for our sport and doing so well. David finished Amateur Gentleman Flat World Champion and only just got pipped at the post for the NH Gentleman’s Championship by Jason Maguire from Ireland. Marie finished fifth overall in the Ladies Championship.
For 2008, the two representatives for Great Britain will be Charlie Huxley, this year’s Bollinger Champion, and Gemelle Gracey-Davison who had her first taste of Fegentri when she won earlier in the year in Malaysia. Gemelle’s first race will be in Qatar at the end of February, with the annual Fegentri General Assembly also being hosted there during the week. Thanks to all AJA members who applied for Fegentri. Your names are on file and hopefully there will be opportunities to invite you to ride abroad during the course of 2008.
If you are interested in riding in Fegentri in the future, have a look at the Fegentri website which is listed in our links.