Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has accepted an invitation to become an Honorary Member of The Jockey Club, which acts as a modern-day guardian of British horseracing, the nation’s second largest spectator sport.
The Jockey Club, whose Patron is Her Majesty The Queen, is custodian of many of British Racing’s most iconic assets. This includes staging the likes of the Cheltenham Festival, the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival at Aintree and The Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs, as well as running The National Stud. Governed by Royal Charter, The Jockey Club reinvests all its profits to support British Racing’s long-term health.
Members of The Jockey Club are appointed on account of their knowledge and experience of horseracing, alongside a commitment to help The Jockey Club to achieve its mission of acting for the good of British Racing. A long-standing supporter of the sport, The Duchess is a regular attendee at the Cheltenham Festival in March and other racing and equestrian events. The Duchess's love of horses and animal welfare is reflected in many of her Patronages and charitable visits.
The Duchess is Patron of the British Equestrian Federation; Ebony Horse Club, a charity in Brixton, South London, which has built a centre to provide children from deprived backgrounds with riding lessons; the Scottish National Equestrian Centre; the Lady Joseph Trust; and the Langford Trust for Animal Welfare. The Duchess is also President of The Brooke, an equine welfare charity which provides free veterinary treatment for horses and donkeys in some of the world's poorest communities.
Roger Weatherby, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said:
“We are honoured and delighted that Her Royal Highness has accepted our invitation to become an Honorary Member of The Jockey Club. The Duchess’s love of horses and horseracing is well known, along with her support for equine charities and disciplines generally. Racing is part of the fabric of British national life and The Jockey Club’s sole mission is to support its long-term health.”
Around 6 million people enjoy a day at the races each year, making the sport of horseracing the second largest spectator sport in Britain. According to Deloitte, racing contributes £3.45 billion annually to the UK economy and directly or indirectly supports around 100,000 jobs.
The Jockey Club was founded in 1750 by a group of members passionate about Thoroughbred horseracing. The Club created the first ‘Rules of Racing’, used as the basis for the sport worldwide. The British Horseracing Authority is now the independent governing body of horseracing in Britain.
Headquartered in Holborn, London, today The Jockey Club runs the largest commercial group in British Racing, with its circa 150 Members appointing a non-executive Board of Stewards to oversee the running for the good of the sport of its 15 leading racecourses nationwide, more than 3,000 acres of world-class training grounds in Newmarket, Lambourn and Epsom Downs, and breeding services and education programmes at The National Stud in Newmarket. The Jockey Club is the sole shareholder in the charity Racing Welfare, which offers a range of support services to racing’s workforce and their dependents, whose Patron is HRH The Princess Royal.
The Jockey Club’s Patron is Her Majesty The Queen and HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Princess Royal are Honorary Members.
New Member Appointments
Following its Winter Meeting, The Jockey Club has also appointed the following Members:
Patrick Russell – Honorary Member
Nicholas Bannister – Member
Dominic Burke – Member
The Hon Lucinda Cavendish – Member
Nick Mustoe – Member
Victoria Pakenham – Member