The Injured Jockeys Fund is to be Horse & Hound magazine’s charity of the year for 2016.
The magazine has given a donation to the Injured Jockeys Fund for every display advert booked in its December 31 issue carrying the charity’s logo and is encouraging its readers and advertisers to help the charity, too.
Horse & Hound content director Sarah Jenkins said the magazine was delighted to be able to help the IJF’s cause.
“However brilliant and capable the rider, no-one is invincible, and it’s frightening to think that any of those equestrian greats we follow each week at Horse & Hound might one day be in need of the Injured Jockeys Fund’s support — but simultaneously reassuring that support is available,” Jenkins said.
“Equestrians, as a general rule, are such a tough, stoical bunch, that they’ll consistently belittle their injuries, even those that are catastrophic, while continuing to put their horses’ needs before their own. The Injured Jockeys Fund does incredible work in looking after those who might not otherwise put themselves first.”
Injured Jockeys Fund chief executive Lisa Hancock said the organisation looked forward to working with the magazine through the year, raising the awareness of the Fund’s two state-of-the-art rehabilitation centres, Oaksey House and Jack Berry House. The physio and gym facilities at the centres are now also available to the wider equestrian community.
“The Injured Jockeys Fund is delighted to have been chosen by Horse & Hound as its charity of the year. The magazine’s commitment to racing as part of its complete equestrian coverage makes it the UK’s leading equine weekly publication,” Hancock said.
Today’s issue of Horse & Hound includes a report on the charity’s history and how it helps riders, as well as interviews with event rider Laura Collett and jockey Noel Fehily about their experiences with the Injured Jockeys Fund. Horse & Hound also goes backstage at Oaksey House, finding out more about the work carried out there. Injured Jockeys Fund president John Francome writes a guest comment for the issue.
The issue’s cover star, eventer Kitty King, is hotly tipped to be part of the British team at the 2016 Olympics. In the magazine she talks about her aspirations for Rio, as well as the physiotherapy she received at Oaksey House when she broke her wrist two years ago.