Newmarket-based charity, the Injured Jockeys’ Fund, will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year and a programme of activities to mark the milestone got underway in London this week.
Pictures from the charity’s 2014 Racing Colours 50th anniversary calendar are being exhibited alongside work by members of The Society of Equine Artists in the Horses in Art exhibition at London’s Mall Galleries which runs until Saturday.
The calendar is the result of a competition with the society of Equine Artists with all the winning and highly commended entries on display.
Lisa Hancock, chief executive of charity, said: “The Injured Jockeys Fund would like to thank all members of The Society of Equestrian Artists who supported its competition to illustrate its 50th Anniversary 2014 calendar which has produced an excellent combination of traditional and contemporary art.
“Each year sale proceeds of the calendar make a vital contribution to our annual fundraising enabling the fund to continue its work assisting injured jockeys past and present.”
Judges of the competition were Newmarket trainer Sir Mark Prescott, Chanelle McCoy, wife of champion National Hunt jockey Tony McCoy, Rory McDonald, head of Newmarket’s British Racing School,former jockey and author John Francome, and Channel 4 Racing presenter and Newmarket resident Emma Spencer, who said: “Not only was it great fun judging the competition, but the pictures are really stunning and we were spoilt for choice.”
The Injured Jockeys Fund 2014 Racing Colours Calendar is £12 and available from www.injuredjockeys.co.uk