A regular race goer originally from Limerick and working in Kildare in Baroda Stud. Horse riding has always been a hobby of mine and I’m looking forward to taking it a bit more seriously over the next few months. I’m an Equine Science BSc (UL) and English National Stud graduate.
I’ve spent time working for Coolmore Australia, for Woods Edge Farm in Kentucky & as a lab technician in Airlie Stud.
I’m hugely excited to be part of the Corinthian Challenge in its second year running, and I aim to reach my target of €10,000 and create as much awareness and media attention as possible for Irish Injured Jockeys. Donate to Orla Donworth here
I am delighted to have been chosen for the Corinthian Challenge 2017 to raise funds for The Irish Injured Jockeys which is a cause close to my heart. I started hunting at the early age of 3 under the guidance of my parents Peter and Imelda, who produced young horses for sale for hunting, showing and show jumping, which I continue to do today .Eddie Newman, my uncle, won the Irish national on Shagreen in 1949 and he was stable jockey to Tom Dreaper and sadly got injured and missed out on the Arkle era. Eddies son Gerry Newman, rode his first winner in 1973 on Vulgan Thistle in Thurles, he won the Irish national in 1982 on King Spruce and was third in the Aintree National on Drumroan in 1978 .
I worked for Mr Frank Dunne, Hamwood Stud and gained invaluable experience riding work with Johnny Murtagh and Brendan Sheridan. I also worked for the late Cecil Ross where I added to my experience. “Donate to Patricia Newman here
A Cork native who has over 20 years’ experience in the racing Industry, now working for Aramark Work Solutions. I am looking forward to the challenge of becoming a jockey for this very special charity. The Corinthian Challenge has captured my imagination simply because it’s such a small industry and difficult to raise funds amongst the wider audience. I hope that the public will enjoy following my progress and I cannot wait to challenge myself in all ways. Donate to Paul Devereux here
I have been riding and involved in horses for as long as I can remember. I currently am riding out for Jessica Harrington every day since arriving back from Australia in March. I first started going into Harrington’s yard on my school holidays when I was 15 and I’ve never fully left , I’ve been called a boomerang in the yard because “ I always come back “ !! Mrs Harrington has been a great mentor to me over the years, she is a woman I aspire to be and a fantastic role model not only for me but to all women in racing. Since I started riding out racehorses I always wanted the chance to ride in a race. The Corinthian Challenge has enabled me, to not only ride in one race, but three races at three of Irelands best racetracks. Not only will I achieve my goal of being able to race ride but I will also get to raise funds for the Irish Injured Jockeys, an unbelievable charity that means a lot to me as I have many friends who are jockeys and unfortunately they face the inevitability of falls throughout their career. The Irish Injured Jockeys is there to support critically injured jockeys in any way they can. I cannot wait for the series to begin and to continue raising funds for the IJF throughout. I’m busy now trying to raise funds and being coached by Warren O Connor, a talented horseman and excellent jockey coach 3 or 4 nights a week. Hopefully the training will pay off. Donate to Lynne McLoughlin here
I have always been fascinated by horse racing and jockeys in particular. I tried to be one once but it all ended in tears! Now at the age of 55 I am getting the chance to put the record straight by riding in The Corinthian Challenge. As part of my fund raising efforts I am selling this signed limited edition print by David Trundley of The Curragh Racecourse. It is strictly limited to 250 copies, costs €135 and all proceeds go to The Irish Injured Jockeys Fund. Any donations over €135 to my Everydayhero page will receive a print.
Donate to Alan Redmond here
Killian Mc Carthy
This is my second year competing in the event & I am looking forward to another successful and competitive series competing at 3 of Ireland’s premier tracks. All support for any rider is going to a brilliant cause that supports all Jockeys from both codes through injury. This fund needs serious support annually and I’m delighted to be part of a group that will contribute over 100k this year.
Donate to Killian Mc Carthy here
I started off my working life in RACE as an apprentice jockey and then followed on with the Stud Management Course in the Irish National Stud. My career path changed in my mid-twenties and I have been involved in mobile software and technology for the last 25 plus years. About 5 years ago I started back riding out for Mick Halford as a pastime and got my Amateur Jockey License and since then have ridden in numerous charity and amateur races and also the Mongol Derby.
I don’t think there is anyone involved in racing who doesn’t know the great work that the IIJ undertakes. The way the industry gets involved with events such as the Corinthian Challenge demonstrates the goodwill from all sectors of the sport and I would like to do my small part to contribute to the IIJ. Donate to Paddy Woods here
Having grown up within the racing community Tim fully understands the importance of the Corinthian Challenge to the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund. Having been an international showjumper for the past 10 years and competed for the Great British team on numerous occasions Tim has recently turned his hand to the Point to Point scene. Having taken a few tumbles, Tim appreciates the risks associated with race riding and is fully behind raising as much money as possible for the charity. Donate to Tim Gredley here
I have been born and bred into the point to point world, so I am only too familiar with what is required for this most worthwhile charity. After watching the coverage on nationwide last November, I thought it was something that I could do so I applied and here I am now.
I have wonderful memories of racing from spending my school years riding out for my uncle Jimmy and working for local point to point trainer Liam Burke for 9 years. I was very lucky in my time with horses that I got to work with some great people/horse and also got the opportunity to ride in point to points.
I am delighted that I am now in the position to give back to a community that gave me some of the best memories of my life so far. I don’t under estimate this challenge, as from my previous experience the level of fitness that is needed is incredible and its really not until you’re in the situation that you fully understand the level it requires, but I will give it my best shot and looking forward to the challenge of raising €10k. Donate to Deborah Mangan here
My name is Fiona Ahern. I am 19 years old and I am from a small village in West Waterford called Ballyduff. I am a full time student in University College Cork, studying Early Years and Childhood studies. I hope to continue my education to become a Primary School Teacher someday. My experience with horses began at a young age as my father broke a lot of horses and my sister and I were his riders on a regular basis and out hunting and on charity rides. I continued on to pony club with the West Waterford club and took part in many show jumping competitions. My experience of riding out race horses started at the age of 16 in Sean Ahernes yard. I have been riding out here ever since on weekends and holidays. My interest in horse racing grew from following my sister’s career as a jockey to wanting to do more myself. Last year my sister suffered an injury from a fall. I decided to take on the Corinthian challenge as I have seen first-hand the work that Injured jockeys funds do for people and the intense care which some receive. I wanted to give back to a fund. I took on this challenge for many more reasons one being that it would be an amazing experience to ride on some of the top tracks in our country. It was an opportunity I could not leave slip by without giving it a go. Donate to Fiona Ahern here
Sheikh Fahad Al Thani
Sheikh Fahad Al Thani first got involved in racing in 2010 when he started owning horses under the banner Pearl Bloodstock. In his second year of ownership he won the Melbourne Cup with Dunaden. Sheikh Fahad brought his brothers into the sport when the family company QIPCO took on sponsorship of the British Champions Series and their sponsorship portfolio includes the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes. Together with his brothers, Sheikh Fahad established international breeding and racing operations in Qatar Bloodstock and Qatar Racing, both of which he is Chairman.
In 2014 Sheikh Fahad led an eight strong Qatar Racing Team to complete the London Marathon, raising £200,000 for Racing Welfare. In 2015 Sheikh Fahad rode in his first charity race at Limerick and in 2016 he won the Leopardstown leg of the Corinthian Challenge and competed in the Mongol Derby.
I started the Thoroughbred Horseracing Industry MBA at Liverpool University last year where I was introduced to Sophie Candy, one of last year’s gallant participants. She told me about the Corinthian Challenge and her experiences and I knew I just had to grab this dream opportunity which offered fun, friendships and an extreme physical challenge, all for a great and worthy cause. Having ridden since childhood and with a keen interest in horse racing, I never imagined getting an actual chance to ride in a race let alone three! So, this is a big challenge for me and I am preparing by lots of physical training sessions and riding out as much as I can at a local training yard in Kent whilst holding down a full time job as a serving officer in the British Army. I am delighted and honoured to support such a fantastic charity and I am committed to raising as much as I can in a variety of ways for the Irish Injured Jockeys. Donate to Louise Burnell here
Diana Hogan Murphy
Originally from Cork and living in Galway, I work as a pharmacist in University Hospital Galway and am really excited to be taking part in this Challenge.
I have been hunting all my life and competed in eventing and show jumping as a junior. I have only recently taken up the experience of riding racehorses – a few weeks until race day and can’t wait! Many thanks to trainer Val O’Brien in Galway for taking the leap and introducing me to flat racing and allowing me ride out most mornings in his great facility and to trainer Richard Brabazon for giving me a great opportunity to ride in his superb racing stable across the road from the Curragh. Also thanks to trainer Sam O’Donogue in Cavan for her racing tips and riding out in her impressive facility, CAFRE in Enniskillen for multiple use of their simulator and to jockey coach Warren O’Connor for his drive and passion and getting me through the competency assessment – a lot can be done in a short period of time! Other life-long sport interests include golf, tennis, squash, long-distance triathlons, marathon and ultra-marathons (possibly over 70). Donate to Diana Hogan Murphy here
Originally from Cork, but now living in Paris Jessica O’Gara is a primary school teacher currently on a career break. Jessica is a keen horse rider who has experience in eventing and hunting and is looking forward to the challenge.
I have never sat on a racehorse until this year and have been getting lessons in Chantilly riding out weekly with Marine Henry and John Hammond. Over 2,500 racehorses are trained in Chantilly training centre and I am thoroughly enjoying the experience, as it is one of the most scenic training centres in Europe. I am also lucky enough to be training with the French Racing School AFASEC, where I have been using the mechanical racehorse simulator. I cannot wait challenge myself in participating in the Corinthian Challenge this year and to create awareness and raise funds for the Irish Injured Jockeys. Donate to Jessica O’Gara here