12 riders have been chosen from a wide range of applicants.
Please do support them if you are able.
Nicola Baker, 33, is a former amateur rider, full-time parent and wife to former jockey George Baker who suffered a career ending fall in 2017. This race offers Nicola the opportunity to support the charity that was so key to George’s recovery in the aftermath of his accident.
Isabel Spearman, 43, is a brand consultant from Wiltshire. She has a very personal connection to the IJF as the daughter in law of Lady Oaksey. She rides regularly and is passionate about the IJF.
Simon Elliott, 39, is a plasterer from Andover. A conditional jockey from the early 2000’s before retiring due to injury, Simon is an IJF beneficiary who wants to ride in the race to give something back to the charity that has helped him so much throughout his life.
Benson Kattenhorn, 25, is a soldier from Essex. After working in racing for six years, he went on to join the Household Cavalry as a riding instructor from where he is keen to take out his Category A licence. The race gives him the opportunity to represent HM The Queen’s forces and pursue his dream to ride in a race.
Richard Freeman, 33, is an insurance broker from Newmarket. After working for a number of Newmarket racehorse trainers since 2006, he joined Lycetts Insurance Brokers in 2017 while continuing as a part time work rider for Roger Varian.
Jaydon Lee, 19, is a stable lad from Warwickshire. Having no background in racing, Jaydon became a BRS graduate and has been working for Nicky Henderson for three years. He is the regular rider for stable stars Shishkin and Constitution Hill. He was also a finalist in the Newcomer category at the 2021 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards.
Shane Francis, 32, is a farrier from Sussex who was an apprentice to Stevie Fisher former farrier himself and now an IJF beneficiary , author of “Blinkn E’ll” . ( Stevie suffered from Locked in syndrome and communicates soley by eye movement.) Shane started riding four years ago and working around racehorses on a daily basis, is keen to have a go himself and raise money for the IJF in the process.
Charlie Richards, 21, is a work rider and groom at Andrew Balding’s. He was brought up in Surrey, didn’t start riding until he was 16, and is a hugely popular member of the Balding team. His dream is to ride in a race, which for him, is now about to come true!
Ryan Newhook, 36, is a builder from Gloucestershire. He started riding 10 years ago, owns ex racer ‘Splash of Ginge’ who he is now team chasing with and rides out in his spare time for JonJo O’Neill.
Levi Capell, 21 and from Coventry, attended the BRS two years ago and since graduation has spent two years with the William Haggas team and recently joined George Scott Racing. Levi is supported by BHA jockey coach, Michael Hills, and would love to take out his licence one day.
Alexandra Haggard, 42, is a Head of Investment, now living in Wiltshire but from the USA. She has evented all of her life, started riding out for Alan King last year, and is keen to ride in a race. She was previously a member of the Diversity Project Charity and is keen to utilise her skills to the benefit of the IJF.
Hannah Roche, 36, is a PA from Somerset. She has worked for Paul Nicholls for many years and is keen to raise money for the IJF, which she says is a charity that “has massively supported someone we all know at some point.”
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