Honest Energy for Jockeys

Written by Alexandra Dobbs on 14 June 2014

Honest Energy for Jockeys

As a jockey, you may feel that you can’t eat anything at all, or that you have to starve yourself all the time. It would be sad if it were so. Luckily, you are actually eating every day even if it’s little and calorie restricted. What matters most is what you eat, not necessarily…

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The Climb of a Lifetime

Written by Nia O'Malley on 10 June 2014

The Climb of a Lifetime

What a great weekend! As I mentioned earlier the weather in Kerry on Friday was horrendous, madness being on a mountain in those conditions but what an experience – one to tell the grandkids alright! Mweelrea in Mayo on Saturday was bliss in comparison, great weather and stunning views.

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Dehydrated? You can't win!

Written by Alexandra Dobbs on 07 June 2014

Dehydrated? You can't win!

As a jockey your body is comprised of up to 70% water. We need to drink roughly 2 litres of water daily to stay hydrated. Thirst sets in around 2-3% dehydration, whilst mental performance is affected even at 1% dehydration. Water helps lubricate your joints to keep them flexible…

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Cathal Daniels - Tatts Review

Written by Cathal Daniels on 04 June 2014

Cathal Daniels - Tatts Review

One of the highlights of the Irish eventing calendar is Tattersalls International Horse Trials, my preparation for it started months ago in the cold and wet winter. Everything went fairly well and I was lucky to have three horses going to Tatts: Mister Brightside and Camee in the CCIJ* and Rioghan…

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From Ratoath to Hong Kong Plaza Shanghai

Written by Sabrina Barnwell MVB MRCVS on 03 June 2014

From Ratoath to Hong Kong Plaza Shanghai

What a weekend of glorious Irish sunshine. Congratulations to all the competitors, organisers, exhibitors and spectators that made Tattersalls 2014 such a huge success. The Connolly's RED MILLS under 25 title went to Millie Dumas who added second in the CIC*** to her podium tally for the weekend. 

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Exercise - Jockeys can Win on the Run

Written by Alexandra Dobbs on 31 May 2014

Exercise - Jockeys can Win on the Run

Jockeys are probably the last athletes to be embraced by sports science. Like in boxing, jockeys are in a weight making sport. But unlike boxing, where weigh-in might be 24 hours before the occasional event, jockeys have to weight in and out often several times a day – right throughout the year. That's pressure.

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Cob Tones his Top Line

Written by Sabrina Barnwell MVB MRCVS on 27 May 2014

Cob Tones his Top Line

The infamous Cob is on holidays and he is taking it very seriously indeed. He is growing rapidly in the outward direction and having a daily spa treatment of a full body mud wrap. The show schedules have started arriving in the post and I have to admit I am tempted …

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Daily Meal Plan

Written by Alexandra Dobbs on 24 May 2014

Daily Meal Plan

What does a jockey have to do to succeed in maintaining weight and health? Eat well and exercise. Dr Graeme Close from John Moores University in Liverpool put it this way, “Jockeys have two misconceptions: one is that they can’t eat while not realising that they are actually eating every day…

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Hello Sunshine!

Written by Catherine Rudenko on 20 May 2014

Hello Sunshine!

Finally, we had some decent weather over the weekend and the winter rugs are being happily put away! Summer sunshine is always welcome but it is worth remembering that those glorious summer days can be tough on a horse if travelling, competing or just working hard at home.

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Balanced Diet

Written by Alexandra Dobbs on 17 May 2014

Balanced Diet

Jockeys are the last group of athletes to get professional sports science support. Jockeys now realise that they are high performing athletes – just like the high performance athletes they are riding. As such they require proper support from everything sports science has to offer. 

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