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Richard Dunwoody

 

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From an award winning champion jockey, to an extreme adventurer and a Strictly Come Dancing star to a tireless charity campaigner Richard Dunwoody is a motivational speaker of the highest calibre.

Before Richard’s career was cruelly cut short through injury, he was a champion jockey, and twice a Grand National winner.

As an adventurer he has conquered the South Pole, North Pole and Mt Aconcagua, and has published his second autobiography, Method in My Madness, 10 Years out of the Saddle.

Richard was born in Ireland into the sport. His dad and grandfather rode and trained winning racehorses, and in 1960 Richard won at his local course under Lester Piggott.

"Richard was a fantastic speaker. He was very personable and he pitched his speech perfectly for the audience. We have had excellent feedback about Richard from all of the guests who attended and we would definitely recommend him."
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After they moved to England, Richard joined Tim Forster's yard at Letcombe Bassett in Oxfordshire. He turned professional in 1984 and partnered the favourite in the Grand National, West Tip, in the same year, winning the coveted title a year later.

Richard lifted the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1988, and in 1993 at the peak of an illustrious career he became Champion Jockey for the first time.

After retiring from the sport, Richard became absorbed in the world of extreme adventure sports. He completed a 350-mile cross-country ski race to the Magnetic North Pole, and a 673-mile trek to the South Pole.

In 2009 he started a 1000 Mile Challenge to walk the same mile 1000 consecutive times for a 1000 consecutive hours in Newmarket. Racing legend Lester Piggott joined him for the last mile, raising enormous amounts of money for four charities - Racing Welfare, the Alzheimer's Society, Sparks and Spinal Research.

Richard reports on racing for the BBC and writes about racing for various publications, as well as coaching businesses on corporate team-building sessions and through motivational speaking.

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Interview with Richard Dunwoody

Question:

Who would you most like to share a platform with?

Answer:

Penelope Cruz

Question:

How did the corporate speaking/presenting start?

Answer:

In 2003 I met Graham Davies from Straight Talking. His company wrote a speech for me and the advice I received from him has been invaluable over the past few years.

Question:

Can you remember your first corporate event?

Answer:

One of my earliest was an awards dinner at St Andrews for Jaguar. It seemed to go well, Richard Hammond was hosting it, and I wasn’t booed off the stage t St Andrews for Jaguar.

Question:

And your last event?

Answer:

Last night at Steam Wine Bar in the City. A 25 min talk on my life as a jockey and 45 min Q&A

Question:

Which corporate event has been your favourite to date and why?

Answer:

Motivational presentation to 100 Hairdressers at The Grove; fortunately most of them were female!

Question:

If you could speak/present at any event, past or future, what would it be?

Answer:

Oscars

Question:

On average, how many corporate events do you do a year?

Answer:

20-30

Question:

Are you as happy speaking/presenting with an audience of 50 as 1,000?

Answer:

Yes; usually I find the bigger the audience the easier it is

Question:

How do you like to be introduced?

Answer:

Part time explorer, part time tour guide and beaten up jump jockey

Question:

Do you always like to do a briefing call before the event?

Answer:

Yes the more knowledge I can pick up about the event the better

Question:

What are the most asked for topics?

Answer:

South Pole and Riding in the Grand National

Question:

Do you have any funny/embarrassing speaking anecdotes you care to share?

Answer:

Fell off the back of the stage in an old Fulham Broadway nightclub, having given a brief and quite serious presentation for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. I hadn’t been drinking, it was just very dark. It lightened proceedings up a bit anyway

Question:

Your favourite film?

Answer:

Don’t have one but really enjoyed City of God

Question:

Favourite book?

Answer:

Shantaram

Question:

Favourite holiday destination?

Answer:

Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan

Question:

What’s your tipple?

Answer:

Champagne

Question:

Country or townie?

Answer:

Both

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