We held our Annual Supper Evening recently at Northover Manor in llchester – the charity this year was the Injured Jockeys Fund and Richard Johnson was the guest speaker. The occasion was made even more special by the fact that Richard had just ridden his 100th winner of the season at Wincanton that afternoon. Richard and Johnson White ( who is assistant trainer to Philip Hobbs establishment and where Richard is stable jockey) gave a fascinating insight into the life of a National Hunt jockey.
Margaret Peverley had produced her usual fantastic raffle and four extra special prizes were efficiently and lucratively auctioned by Nigel Payne. These four lots consisted of a lesson with Lucinda Fredericks, a subscription to Anthony Honeyball’s Racing Club, a morning on the gallops at Philip Hobbs’ yard for four people followed by breakfast and tickets to a West Country race meeting and finally a subscription to Brian Barr’s Racing Club which included yard visits and a stake in four horses running this season in the name of the club. Bidding was brisk and Nigel extracted every last penny out of the diners.
Richard very kindly waived his fee and expenses and at the end of an excellent evening with good company and excellent food, Mid Somerset were able to send a cheque for £2280 to the Injured Jockeys Fund – which is am amazing achievement. The Riding Club would like to thank all those who so kindly donated prizes for the raffle and the auction and enabled this fantastic total to be realised.