21 Jul 2016

JETSAn audience of 32 Conditional Jockeys watched the first in a series of new films entitled ‘Jockey Matters’ at the BHA 7lb Claiming Jockeys Seminar run by the British Racing School, held on Wednesday 20th July.  The first film focuses on Nutrition with three sections examining how diet and exercise fits into the daily routine of jockeys such as Leighton Aspell, Jim Crowley and Ryan Moore and examines various weight loss techniques and how to optimize performance.

The films, which received an overwhelmingly positive response from the jockeys who attended the seminar, can be viewed online at where jockeys can also find contacts for the wide range of support that is available to them.

A new, more interactive format to the day was being trialled for the first time with really positive feedback from the attendees.

Other highlights from the new look seminar included a race riding tutorial with AP McCoy who gave an insightful and inspiring introduction about his experiences as a Jump jockey.  Jockeys also had the chance to practice their interview skills and get tips from RUK Broadcaster Lydia Hislop as well as developing their Personal Development Plans in an interactive session with JETS PDP Managers Phil Kinsella & Lisa Delany.

David Prichard, Conditional Jockey with Victor Dartnell, said: “It was a great effort to provide new resources to jockeys and it was inspiring to have AP there.”

Hugo Thompson Brown, Conditional Jockey with Micky Hammond, said, “I thought we would just be sitting in a classroom but it was good to move about and interact with different people.  It was a really informative day and I think they should do more for the younger lads.”

For more information on the ‘Jockey Matters’ series please contact Kate Struthers ([email protected]).  For more information on the Jockey Training & Development Programme, please contact Lisa Delany, JETS Manager on 07919 417462 or [email protected]


  1. The ‘Jockey Matters’ films are aimed at Apprentices and Conditionals and focus on various aspects of jockey welfare with contributions from jockeys who have dealt with a range of issues in their career and highlight the support network available to young jockeys today.
  2. The ‘Jockeys Matters’ project is produced by JETS in partnership with the PJA. They have been funded from deductions from Apprentice and Conditional Jockey riding fees which is ring-fenced for jockey training, and we thank Racing to School (formerly BHEST) for approving the allocation of funds to this initiative.
  3. The films will be able to be viewed from Thursday 21st July on the JETS and PJA websites and on social media via #JockeyMatters
  4. Further films in the series to be released cover Mental Health and Addiction & Recovery.
  5. The films have been produced by James Ward Films (