“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 showjumping , 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. "
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