The Markel Jockeys Jumping will be returning to The London International Horse Show this December in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. The competition sees jockeys complete a round of show jumps in boys versus girls teams.
Leading the boys will be 20-time champion National Hunt jockey and IJF President, Sir Anthony McCoy who will be joined by National Hunt jockey Harry Skelton and jump jockey turned flat jockey Jim Crowley who recently rode Baaeed, the highest rated horse in the world, to win the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes. Classic winning jockey Tom Marquand will likely add to the line up for the boys team.
Bridget Andrews is lined up for the girls team and will hopefully be joined by Hollie Doyle. As the first female jockey to win a classic and the record holder for wins in a single season by a female rider in the UK, Hollie will be aiming to add to her list of ever growing achievements in the competition.
The final line-up is yet to be confirmed but I think we can be sure that all jockeys competing will be arriving with only winning in mind.
AP McCoy has said ahead of the competition ‘in our last appearance we were beaten by the girls, so we’ll be putting that right this year. In all seriousness though, it’s for a great cause, The Injured Jockeys Fund – and we all love taking part’
Juliet Redfern, Head of Equine Insurance at Markel, added: “Markel is delighted to be sponsoring this fabulous event, as a specialist equine insurer we are committed to supporting the wider equine industry through various charitable initiatives. We have supported this particular event for six years, it’s great fun but more importantly provides crucial funds to the Injured Jockeys Fund, a wonderful charity that looks after its own so well.”
The Markel Jockeys Jumping will take place on Monday 19th December.