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Richard Dunwoody

Richard Dunwoody was one of Britain’s most successful jump jockeys.  He was at the forefront of British National Hunt racing in the 80’s and the 90s, winning the Big Three races – the Grand National (twice), the Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup. 

When he hung up his racing boots at the age of 35 due to injury in 1999, he had ridden a record 1,874 winners in Britain and Ireland and had been Champion Jockey three times. He is best known for his partnership with Desert Orchid on whom he won seven races and he was also awarded the MBE in 1993 for services to horseracing. 

Since he retired Richard has travelled extensively, including to the polar regions. In 2003 he competed in a 350 mile race to the Magnetic North Pole and in 2008 he completed a 48 day 700 mile cross country ski to the Geographic South Pole. He and his teammate, American Doug Stoup, reached the Pole by a route that has never, before or since, been achieved on foot. In 2009 he climbed Aconcagua, one of the Seven Summits.

He works now as a corporate speaker, tour leader for the travel company Wild Frontiers and is a professional adventure and travel photographer. He held his first critically acclaimed exhibition in 2014 at St Martin’s in the Fields in London displaying the work of the equine charity, the Brooke Hospital.

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