About us

Irish Injured Jockeys was set up in 2014 to increase awareness and raise vital funds to support our injured jockeys. Funds raised through Irish Injured Jockeys go to the injured riders who are in most need of support.

Raising the standards of care and safety for our jockeys is paramount.

Ireland has the highest helmet standard in the world and became the first country in the world to increase safety vest standards from level 1 to level 2 on 1st January 2017.

Irish Injured Jockeys works alongside the Senior Medical team at the Irish Horse Racing Regulatory board, and with help from Dr Jennifer Pugh and Dr Adrian Mc Goldrick, we are continuously researching for all the practices to avoid injury, as well as to ensure a greater understanding and support of depression and concussion.

There has also been a huge step forward in 2018 as Horse Racing Ireland funded the Industry Assistant Programme, a 24/7 phone hotline service for everyone in the industry offering free and confidential support.

Website: workinracing.ie

SMS (for call back): 00353 (0)86 838 3998

Freephone: 1800 303 588 (ROI), 0800 243 458 (NI)

STATS & FACTS

  • A jump jockey is 10 times more likely than a flat jockey to fall per ride
  • A point-to-point jockey is over 20 times more likely to fall than a flat jockey and twice as likely than a jump jockey to fall per ride
  • Flat jockeys who fall have a 46% chance of recordable injury which is over twice as high as their jumping contemporaries and five times higher than a point-to-point rider
  • The highest rate of recordable injuries by jockeys in 2018 were skin injuries including; haematoma/contusion/bruising
  • Dr. Adrian McGoldrick, Former Senior Turf Club Medical Officer raised the helmet safety standard from January 1st 2014
  • Since then all helmets used in Ireland must meet dual standards of PAS015:2011 or VG1 (Irish Standard) and ( EN1384)
  • British Horseracing Authority have also implemented this change since October 1st
  • A new draft for European Standards by Dr Adrian McGoldrick has been sent to all European countries. This is called an enquiry i.e. each country decides if they support all or some of its context.