Over 130 guests gathered at Cheltenham Racecourse Gold Cup Suite on Saturday 17th December to celebrate amateur jockey champions from both the 2014/15 & 2015 seasons and the 2015/16 & 2016 seasons and also to support Ed Barrett who sustained life changing injuries following a fall in a point-to-point last season.
Ed Barrett with Champion Jockey David Noonan
RUK’s Stuart Machin acted as MC with AJA Director Anthea Morshead in attendance for prize presentations to those champions present (in red):
Many congratulations to all our Champions!Joint Flat Lady Jockey Champions 2015 Serena Brotherton & Joanna Mason2016 Flat Lady Jockey Champion Serena BrothertonNH Gentleman Jockey Champion 2015/16 David NoonanAll-Weather Champion Runner-Up to Simon Walker 2015/16 Serena BrothertonAll-Weather Champion Runner-Up to Simon Walker 2014/15 Joanna MasonLady Flat Champion Runner-Up to Serena Brotherton 2016 Joanna MasonBetfair Novice Rider Series Winner 2016 Emily Easterby
Ian Chanin, Ed Barrett, Micheál Nolan, David Noonan, Ciarán Gethings and Sean Houlihan
The evening was made for us all by Ed Barrett attending himself and it was good seeing him meet up with many old West Country weighing room friends.
Freddy Tett won a raffle prize!Henry Morshead and Jonjo O’Neill Jnr and friends Natalie Parker and friends Josh Newman and Ian ChaninGemma Double and friend collect awards on behalf of champion Simon Walker Joanna Mason, Aly Deniel and Serena Brotherton Page FullerHugh Nugent and Zac Baker
The AJA are delighted to announce that a SUMMER BALL will be held by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Tett and Freddy Tett at WORMSTALL HOUSE, Wickham, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8HB on SATURDAY 18TH JULY starting at 8:00 pm.
Tickets are available via the AJA Membership Desk at Weatherbys (01933 304778) at £35 per person which includes cocktail and canapés reception, 3 course dinner and some table wine and are strictly limited to 150. Tables of 10 or single tickets available.
8:00 Reception: Cocktails and canapés
Profits to go to the Ed Barrett Fund currently being set up with Weatherbys Bank.
The weather may have stopped racing at Cheltenham on Saturday 13th December but nothing was going to stop the AJA Christmas party held at the racecourse that evening to celebrate our Champions who braved the floods to get there!
The Champions Line Up: Emily Jones, Serena Brotherton, Nick Scholfield, Amy Ryan, Vice President Dr Philip Pritchard, Alyson Deniel and Joshua Moore.
Nick Scholfield, Champion National Hunt Amateur Gentleman Jockey 2007/8, is interviewed by Luke Harvey and thanks Paul Nicholls for his support. Nick rode 20 winners in the season, one ahead of his nearest rival, the previous season’s Champion Thomas Greenall. With racing abandoned, the Champion National Hunt Amateur Lady Jockey for 2007/8, Rose Dobbin, was unable to attend. Rose was also awarded the President’s Prize for the year, having ridden the most winners of any other amateur jockey in the season with 21 wins.
Amy Ryan, Champion Flat Amateur Lady Jockey 2008, receives her Champion’s Trophy from AJA Vice President Dr Philip Pritchard. Amy rode 6 winners in the season, with the runner-up slot being shared by three lady jockeys with 4 wins each, those being Serena Brotherton (who also won the Bathwick Series), Alyson Deniel (who also won the Queen Mother’s Cup) and Emily Jones. Alyson was awarded the Weatherbys’ Flat Ride of the Year Award for her ride at York.
Many congratulations to all of our champions!
Further pictures of the evening can be viewed on the AJA Group on FACEBOOK.
ROLL OF HONOUR
ALL-WEATHER CHAMPIONSHIP 2007-2008
CHAMPION AMATEUR RIDER Simon Walker Nicola Jefferson
NATIONAL HUNT CHAMPIONSHIP 2007-2008
GENTLEMAN CHAMPION AMATEUR RIDER Nick Scholfield Thomas Greenall
LADY CHAMPION AMATEUR RIDER Rose Davidson Jacqui Kidd
GENTLEMAN CHAMPION AMATEUR RIDER Simon Walker Joshua Moore
LADY CHAMPION AMATEUR RIDER Amy Ryan Serena Brotherton
(most memorable ride) 2008 NH: Charlie Huxley
FLAT: Alyson Deniel
PRESIDENT’S PRIZE 2008 Rose Davidson