EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH GRAND NATIONAL WINNING JOCKEY RACHAEL BLACKMORE...

AHEAD OF HER APPEARANCE AT THE LONDON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH GRAND NATIONAL WINNING JOCKEY RACHAEL BLACKMORE...

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Ahead of her debut at the Show, record-breaking National Hunt jockey Rachael Blackmore, gave a few insights into her career to date and expectations for the Markel Jockeys Jumping in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund:

You will be competing in the Markel Jockeys Jumping in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund at The London International Horse Show. Do you have any experience of Show Jumping?

I did some Eventing in my teenage years, but that was a long time ago now! 

What are you most looking forward to during your visit to The London International Horse Show?

I’ve never been before, so I’m looking forward to seeing some of the world's top Show Jumpers in action. I imagine I’ll also end up spending some money in the 200+ shops that are there! 

It’s girls versus boys in the Markel Jockeys Jumping in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund, who do you think is going to win?

The girls… obviously 

What prompted you to become a jockey? 

I suppose I loved going fast on my ponies and always had an interest in racing and watching it as a child. I always knew it was something I’d love to do but never envisaged it would be a career for me. 

What do you like most about being a jockey?

I love riding horses, jumping and racing and being a ‘jockey’ means it's your job and you get paid to do something you love, which is pretty cool. 

Who has inspired you throughout your career?

Different people at different times, from all areas of life. Watching successful people be successful is an inspiration to me. 

What is your proudest achievement to date?

Being leading rider at Cheltenham Festival in 2021 and winning the Aintree Grand National on Minella Times in the same year. 

What are your ambitions for 2023?

Something similar to the last two years would be great! 

If you weren’t a jockey, what would you be?

I always wanted to be a vet, so I’d be somewhere still failing exams, trying to achieve that!

What do you do on your days off to relax?

There are not too many of those, we get 3 weeks off in June, so I usually make my way to Dublin airport and head somewhere fun. 

What is your guilty pleasure?

Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food ice cream.  

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Somewhere you can see Orcas in the wild. 

For more information, including how to purchase tickets to The London International Horse Show, visit www.londonhorseshow.com.