The 2016 RDS Dublin Horse Show was a whirlwind of a week, thank you to all who visited the PC Racewear stand. It's always great to meet our customers and friends alike, and there was plenty of fun to be had at the fair too!
The racing simulator needed box rest after the 5 days of the show! None more so than after the outstanding ride and fantastic on board commentary from Tiernan Lillis as seen below:
Jockey Jack Goodchild sporting PC Racewear.
The British Racing School in Newmarket in the UK was established over 30 years ago and is now recognised as a centre of excellence for training horse riders to be tomorrow's racings greats! Jack was telling us that over 1,000 people applied for places at the school and he is thrilled to have been offered a place.
Originally from Rhydyfelin in Wales, 16 year old Jack has ridden horses since the age of 6. He had his own horse for a few years, and continued riding with the local club - Rheidol Riding Centre where he competed in events such as show jumping and dressage. Once the opportunity arose to apply to The British Racing School, Jack did so straight away and got an opportunity to try out in December 2014 when he went for interview as well as a series of fitness tests.
"I love horse racing and always have! My ambition's are to become a professional race horse jockey and trainer and compete in big races."
Unusually for a horse racing jockey, Jack is 6ft tall and weights in at 10 stone.
"I'm very slim and tall and many people have asked me am I too tall to train as a jockey? but they are wrong, it's not about the height, it's all about the weight!"
Horse racing legend, Frankie Dettori is an inspiration:
"He is a committed sportsman, who had to struggle to keep his weight in check for racing, but did it because horse racing was his dream and it meant everything to him - and its means everything to me too!"
PC Racewear are passionate about supporting young horse riders hoping to make a career in the competitive world of horse racing, and we wish Jack the very best of luck in the future!
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.
See videos of our horse simulator with National Hunt jockey David Crosse putting visitors through their paces! Come along and join in the fun at our stand in Simmonscourt - S806, here at the RDS Dublin Horse Show. All ages are welcome!
We are here until 7pm today, Saturday 8th and from 9am - 7pm on Sunday when we will be announcing the winner of our free draw! Top prize is a €100 voucher to spend with PC Racewear. You can choose from our men's and women's collection, as well as our children's range of outdoor equestrian clothing and accessories.
If you're not in you can't win!
(Left to right) Sharon Macdonald, PC Racewear's UK Sales Manager; Champion Show Jumper Francis Derwin Jr; Joules Lamb, Founder of PC Racewear and National Hunt jockey David Crosse.
Champion Show Jumper Francis Derwin Jr paid us a visit at the RDS today! Well done to Francis who won the 128 National Championship Pony Competition at this year's Dublin Horse Show! Francis rode Buachaill Baire to first place in Competition 112 C. Competition 112 C is confined to the nine highest placed ponies in each of the Competitions 112 A and 112 B, so a great win. We look forward to seeing more from this talented Irish horse rider in the future!
Francis is pictured here holding the winning cup, with (from left) Sharon Macdonald, PC Racewear's UK Sales Manager; Joules Lamb, Founder of PC Racewear and well known National Hunt jockey David Crosse.
David is sporting our classic PC Jacket in Royal Blue. This water resistant and hard wearing outdoor and equestrian jacket comes in a range of colours in both adult's and children's sizes. You can see the full collection, the matching PC Breeches and more at our stand S806, Simmonscourt at the Dublin Horse Show this weekend, as well as our online store.
If you are at the RDS today, do call in and see us, we're here until 7pm Sunday. Meet David Crosse who is helping run our horse riding simulator, shop our collection and try your luck with our free draw! You never know who you might meet!
Irish Young Eventer Kerri Lyons modelling our new "Little Bit Racey' Collection.
One of our happy customers wearing the new 'Little Bit Racey' collection jacket!
Greetings from day 2 of the Dublin Horse Show! It's all go here with a great buzz about the show this year.
The lovely and talented Irish Young Eventer Kerri Lyons dropped by earlier today. We are pleased to announce that Kerri will be PC Racewear's new brand ambassador for our upcoming collection 'A Little Bit Racey'! She is seen here wearing our new slim cut jacket in Classic Navy from the collection.
We are thrilled with the reaction the new range is getting! The feedback has been marvellous as you can see from another happy customer modelling the 'Racey' jacket she just bought.
The 'Little Bit Racey' range comes in a selection of colours, but you will have to come down to our stand S806 to check them out as they are not available online yet!
Visit us at stand S806 at the RDS, Simmonscourt, we'll be here until Sunday 8th.