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 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 winner will also receive hospitality for two as guests of JETS at the races.
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 winner will also receive hospitality for two as guests of JETS at the races.
The BHA Development Award - With a prize of £1000, this award is exclusively 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. The winner will also receive hospitality for two as guests of JETS at the races.
Entries are now open for this year's Awards showcasing the career development of jockeys and former jockeys. In a change from recent years, the 2023 Awards will now take place at Warwick Racecourse on Tuesday 7th November.
The winners will be presented with their trophies as part of a special day dedicated to the Awards featuring films about the winners and the inaugural running of the JETS Richard Davis Awards Handicap Chase at Warwick. Invited guests including sponsors, Friends of JETS and other industry stakeholders, will hear from the winners in a special discussion panel which will look at all the different ways in which jockeys are developing their careers both in and out of the saddle.
2022 AWARD WINNERS
JOCKEY CLUB ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Jordan Vaughan - Farrier
IJF PROGRESS AWARD
Ryan Withey - Equine Dentistry
BHA DEVELOPMENT AWARD
Thomas Willmott - Conditional Jockey