Richard Dunwoody

Three times Champion jockey Richard Dunwoody is one of Britain’s most successful jockeys ever. He was at the forefront of English National Hunt racing in the 80’s and the 90’s, winning the Big Three races – the Grand National (twice), the Champion Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
When he hung up his boots at the age of 35 due to injury in 1999, he had won a record 1,699 races. He is best known for his partnership with the legendary Desert Orchid on whom he won seven races. Richard was awarded an MBE in 1993 for services to his sport. In December 2008 he was also awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of the University of Ulster in recognition of his contribution to equine sport.

A racing pundit for the BBC, sports columnist, and inspirational speaker, Richard also completed in January 2008 a gruelling 680-mile, 48-day trek to the South Pole unresupplied and on a new route, one that Shackleton intended to take back in 1915 but failed to conquer.

In 2009 Richard walked ‘1000 miles in 1000 hours’ up and down Newmarket’s Bury Road recreating a feat undertaken 200 years earlier by Captain Barclay. This monumental effort involved walking a mile in every single clock hour for 42 days, thus suffering massive sleep deprivation – but raising almost £200,000 for his charities.

2009 also saw Richard’s (albeit brief!) appearance on the BBC hit show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, an experience which he describes as far more daunting that riding around the Aintree Grand National fences!
Richard’s second autobiography, Method in My Madness – 10 Years Out Of the Saddle is now available from

Inspirational Speeches
Audiences at Richard’s speeches will learn about the driving ambition which led him to become a household favourite in racing circles at only 21 and the focus and determination which kept him at the forefront of National Hunt racing for 15 years and helped him complete his ‘greatest ever achievement’ reaching the South Pole.

Richard also considers how he focused his mind to overcome the extreme sleep deprivation of walking 1000 miles in 1000 hours, and facing the extreme fear that he suffered when taking to the Strictly Come Dancing floor with Lilya Kopylova in front of 10 million viewers!

Richard also co-presents a unique presentation on his record-breaking Expedition to the South Pole with Liz Ampairee, who was the Project Manager for the trip. This is an ideal presentation for any companies or organisations that engage in, or organise projects on any scale and want to inspire their staff to the necessity of exemplary teamwork, 100% commitment, flexibility and trust.

Business lessons include:
• Controlling the Controllable
• Choosing your Attitude
• Goal Setting
• Overcoming the Fear of Failure
• Learning from Mistakes and Dealing with Setbacks
• Building a High Performance Team
• Doing the Basics
• Focus and Commitment needed to Achieve Success
• An Insight into the World’s Greatest Race, the Aintree Grand National
• Conquering the South Pole
• Walking 1000 miles in 1000 hours
• Strictly Come Dancing

Richard was a huge success and warmly received by everybody. There was a sense that we were welcoming home a national hero.
Paul Ennis, Marketing Director, ESB Ireland

Richard made an inspiring presentation to our company…and was very open and friendly with members of the company…We would recommend him as an inspirational speaker.
Paul von der Heyde, Managing Director, Kinnarps UK Ltd.

I would like to thank you for the excellent presentation… There was great interest in your presentation and we have received excellent feedback from delegates.
Michael J Rogers, Chief Executive, The Sales Institute of Ireland

Informative and entertaining, whilst the project was almost literally a matter of life, or death with all the people issues that other projects experience, but more extreme.
David Hemingway, Mitel Project Manager

What a roaring success this event was. It was hugely enjoyable and very interesting. Inspiring.
Penny Newton, APM Project Manager

The feedback has been excellent with everyone thoroughly enjoying Richard’s talk and experiences. It was our most successful event ever… He is some guy!
Gillian Armitage, British Red Cross

Promotional Work
Richard is available for promotional and advertising work. Projects include ‘acting’ as himself in the now famous ‘riding the wind’ TV advert for Paddy Power and being used as the face of the Powers Whisky Irish Grand National for Fairyhouse Racecourse.

Hell for Leather, Duel, Hands and Heels, Horses of my Life, Obsessed, Our Gumball Rally and Method In My Madness: 10 Years Out of the Saddle – available on Amazon.