Richard Dunwoody is a champion jockey. After retiring from horseracing due to injury Richard continued to show his determination conquering The North Pole, The South Pole, not to mention the judges of Strictly Come Dancing! With his determined mind-set, Richard makes an excellent motivational speaker, and adventures both on and off the saddle also make him an in demand after dinner speaker.
From an award-winning champion jockey, to an extreme adventurer and a Strictly Come Dancing star turned 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, twice a Grand National winner and rode 1699 winners.
As an adventurer, he has conquered the South Pole, North Pole and Mt Aconcagua, and has published his second autobiography, detailing these journeys, it is called: 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.
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. Richard received an MBE in 1993 and in 2008 the University of Ulster awarded him an honorary degree in recognition of his contribution to the sporting industry.
He is a patron for the charities; Speakers, Spinal Research and Racing Welfare.
Richard has presented at environmental and sporting societies, as well as at literary societies, his large reach of audiences ensures his motivational story will be well received at any after dinner occasion.
His speaking topics include:
- Choosing a positive attitude
- Overcoming the fear of failure and adversity in sport
- Exploring the great outdoors
- Adventure photography and the environment
- Setting Goals