PC Racewear is passionately committed to supporting and sponsoring up and coming professional jockeys, in their quest to ride to the top in the equestrian world. We caught up with none other than Peterjon Carberry, one of our sponsored jockeys for an interview recently, and talked to him about his sporting inspirations and life as a pro...
Who has had the biggest influence on your career?
My biggest influence would be my brother Paul Carberry. I was too young to see my father riding and only ever saw video footage, but I grew up with Paul on the TV.
Of all the races, which would you most like to win?
The Grand National! It's the epitome of jump racing.
Where were you born and where did you grow up? Did you come from a big family?
I was born in hospital :0) and grew up in Ratoath five minutes from Fairyhouse Racecourse. There are eight of us altogether in the family.
Where was the first time you saw a live horse race and what did you think of it?
I can't even think when the first time was. I can recall so many!
When did it first occur to you that you wanted to become a jockey?
Watching the real big races just really secured it. Them days give you tingles in the spine!
Jump race jockey Peterjon Carberry in action.
Photo 2 courtesy of photographer - Sarah Jane Matthews.
Talk us through some of the steps that you had to take to become a jockey and what was the feeling like when you had that jockey license in your hand?
I was lucky enough to be brought up around horses all my life and had some of the best people showing me the way! Getting the license was great, but that's not the end of it. The hard work begins after that and that's getting the rides!
Tell me about your first race. Were you nervous driving to the track or in the jockey room?
No, I wasn't too nervous. I had a lot of pony racing experience, which is a great way to get introduced into the racing circuit.
What tracks have you ridden and how long have you been riding?
I've ridden every jump track in England and Ireland. I’ve been riding nine years now.
What advice would you give young riders?
One the most important things to do as a sportsman is to set goals. Whether you reach them in the time you allocate or not, it's something to work towards.
How do you find wearing PC Racewear?
I love the PC Range and live in my PC Jacket and Breeches ...mainly because of the comfort but also because I know I will be protected from the Winter weather!
Are you ever worried about injuries and have you had any serious ones?
You can't ever be worried. You just accept that it’s something that can happen and put it to the back of your head.
Did you have to teach yourself how to ride or did you have somebody help you?
Obviously I had guidance, but in the end you have to find your own style and way of doing it that suits you.
Take us through a typical day.
Well, today I was up at ten to five and on the road for two and a half hours. I rode out four lots and drove home afterwards. I'm now sitting here doing this interview!
What are the best and worst things about being a jockey?
The best thing is the big meetings and being a part of that. The worst is the driving.
Is there any race you have seen on TV that you would love to ride at one day?
The Grand National! It's the biggest race of the calendar and it would be great to ride in it.
Thanks Peterjon! We wish you all the best in the future.
PAUL CARBERRY is one of greatest jockeys the world has ever seen. But that is only part of his amazing life story.
Completely fearless and without equal on a horse, Paul tackles everyday life in much the same manner. Coming from one of Ireland's leading 'racing families, Carberrys unique riding style and natural talent have set him aside from his rivals, and is widely regarded as the most naturallygifted horseman that this country has ever produced.
A Grand National winner with Bobbyjo in1999, Paul was also two time Champion Jockey and has amassed over 1,600 winners in a professional career spanning over 20 years.
But this book is about much more than this.
Paul Carberry has been no angel, and he refuses to hide from any of this. He is brutally honest and frank when tackling the issues that have mapped his life.
From the highs at the racecourse, Paul also talks candidly about his struggle with alcohol, his failed breath tests, his injuries and his endless suspensions. He also discusses the circumstances which led to his sentencing to prison for setting fire aboard an aircraft in 2005.
But it is Pauls unique connection with the horses he loves, his almost reckless approach, and his warrior attitude to riding despite the constant reality of lifethreatening injury that set this book aside.
Here lies Paul Carberry: Gifted, fearless.. and brutally honest.
National glory at the Irish Grand National:
MANY CONGRATULATIONS TO NINA AND ARTHUR MOORE ON THEIR IRISH GRAND NATIONAL SUCCESS: WAS FABULOUS!
The National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup:
Congratulations to Trainer Gordon Elliott and his team and Owner John Earls (Easyfix) for their win with the stunning Chicago Grey in the 141st Year Of The National Hunt Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders' Novices' Chase).