Former Jumps Jockeys Reunion

The call is going out to all former jumps jockeys as well as jumps fans over the years. 

Jumps Jockey reunions have historically been very popular, well attended and eagerly anticipated events over past decades. Even to the extent that on one occasion a person adopted the brief riding career of an out-of-country brother in order to qualify for invitation.

The Canterbury Jockey Club is to resurrect the concept and host a reunion of Jumps Jockeys on, fittingly, one of the most iconic days of jumps racing in New Zealand, the Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge Grand National Steeplechase day.

This year ‘National Day’ is to be held on Saturday, August 13 at the historic venue of Riccarton Park Racecourse.

Legendary jumps racing horsemen Brian Anderton and Jim Hely are putting their support behind the event as honorary national patrons from the south and north respectively. Regional ambassadors include, Terry Kennedy, ‘Snooky’ Cowan, Steve Gillies, Tommy Hazlett and Graeme Lord.

Qualification for the ‘brotherhood’ and ‘sisterhood’ of jumps jockeys is simple in that a solitary ride over hurdles or fences is all that is needed. In order to prevent the need to create imaginary careers, partners, mates and jumps fans are welcome to join in the raceday festivities alongside their friends.

The reunion will take place on raceday starting at the time of the first race and concluding after the last race on the day. Tickets cost $45 which includes entry to the course, lunch, racebook and access to the function room.

The intention is to hold the function on the top level of the Grand National (Public) Stand which offers the most spectacular viewing of the racecourse and most importantly the running of the Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge Grand National Steeplechase.

Registrations close on Monday, August 1 so that numbers, catering and event planning can be finalised.

The last Jumps Jockeys Reunion was held in Rotorua four years ago and well attended.