These inspirational Awards were established in memory of the late Richard Davis who had started planning for his future before his fatal race fall in 1996.
Judged by a panel of independent judges, JETS Trustees and IJF Almoners (in the case of the IJF Progress Award), the Awards highlight what an important role JETS plays in encouraging and helping jockeys develop the skills required for a range of new careers, not only once they have retired but importantly whilst they are still riding. The entries are judged according to the initiative, forethought, effort and determination put into their career development.
The winners of the 2019 Richard Davis Awards were announced at Cheltenham Racecourse on Sunday 17th November. They are:
- The Jockey Club Achievement Award - Trainee Sports Psychologist Aodhagán Conlon from Bath
- The IJF Progress Award - Coffee Shop Owner Eva Moscrop from Newmarket
- The BHA Current Jockey CPD Award - Aiden Blakemore
Aodhagán Conlon began pursuing his career as a Sports Psychologist whilst still riding as a Jump jockey when he started studying for a degree at Bath Spa University. His passion for this aspect of sporting performance and mental well-being has seen him continue his studies for five years building up his practical experience alongside his academic qualifications. He works with athletes across sport and is a Performance Consultant for the PJA.
The Jockey Club Achievement Award - The top Award designed for those jockeys who have significantly achieved in pursuing their new chosen careers and is worth £3000 to the winner with two runners-up prizes of £500 each.
The IJF Progress Award - Worth £2,000, this Award rewards the early progress of those jockeys who have more recently started out on a new career/training path or who are actively preparing for their future careers while still riding or while injured.
The BHA Current Jockey CPD Award - With a prize of £1000, this award was introduced for 2017 for currently licensed jockeys who have shown real commitment to their Continuing Personal Development whilst riding or during injury time out in order to prepare for their future careers and/or to enhance their development as a jockey.