Early retirement is common for jockeys and the injury risk is also high. National Hunt jockeys are 30, on average, when their careers end and flat jockeys are not far behind at 33.
way they learn."
EX jockey Luke Kilgarriff is looking forward to starting his new job as a primary school teacher, after being shortlisted for a career development award for two years running.
The 28 year old was up for the Injured Jockeys Fund Progress Award, worth 2,000, created by the Jockeys Employment and Training Scheme for ex riders who made the most progress in developing alternative careers.
He also spent two weeks in Kenya in September, Omega Seamaster 300 Limited Edition
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The former apprentice and conditional jockey, for trainers Jeremy Gask and Simon Earle, missed out on the top prize to David da Silva, but said the help he got from JETS has been crucial to his career.
"They guided me through the transition, helping me to identify that the time I had spent with horses, gaining trust and nurturing, coupled with patience, excitement and empathy, could be transferable to helping children develop.
"But I got used to studying eventually and now I am really enjoying university. None of it would be possible without the support of JETS, especially as they pay for my course fees as part of the scholarship.
To start on his new career, Mr Kilgarriff had to go back to college to gain the necessary entry requirements and study for the equivalent of four A levels and a science GCSE.
He said: "When my race riding career came to an end, I felt at a complete loss, so JETS' advice was invaluable.
Bob Fidler, of sponsor Griffins Accountants and one of the judges, said: "What is very impressive is that JETS is helping individuals to both find alternative careers in racing or the equestrian trade where opportunities exist, but at the same time open their eyes to a huge range of other options which can help to secure their futures once their race riding careers are over."
"It's incredible to have that backing and to be shortlisted for the career development award again shows my hard work is paying off."
Now in the second year of his education studies degree course, he said: "My Kenyan experience was amazing and probably the most important learning I brought back was that every child is individual in the Omega Seamaster Vs Tudor Black Bay
Mr Kilgarriff, of Portway, Warminster, started Omega Seamaster Cosmic 2000 Gold
training as a primary teacher at Bath Spa University after suffering a bad shoulder dislocation while at Wolverhampton Racecourse in 2009.
The Griffins Richard Davis Awards, Omega Seamaster Blue Dial Leather Strap now in their 17th year, were established by JETS in memory of Richard Davis, who had started planning his future before a fatal fall in 1996.
as part of a personal work experience initiative to learn about child poverty, school life and feeding programmes for orphaned school children.
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