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National Jockeys Celebration Day

August 01, 2013

This year's National Jockeys Celebration Day was held on Saturday 3rd August 2013.

For the first time, remembrance ceremonies were conducted at EVERY race club in Australia with a meeting on this day.

The National Jockeys Celebration Day is an initiative of the Australian Jockeys Association to establish a day on the national racing calendar to:

  • Recognise the contribution that both former and current jockeys have made to the thoroughbred racing industry; and
  • Commemorate those jockeys who have lost their lives in riding accidents

Over 500 jockeys have lost their lives in race falls in Australia and many more have suffered serious injury. As we begin a new season, it is appropriate that we pray for safety and remember the fallen.

As well as organising ceremonies across Australia ARCC chaplains participated in a prayer for jockeys as part of ceremonies at Rosehill (pictured above), Kembla Grange, Coonabarabran and Canberra.

The full list of participating clubs is:

  • Doomben
  • Bowen
  • Corfield
  • Gold Coast (Saturday 27th July)
  • Goondiwindi
  • Mareeba
  • Middlemount
  • Nanango
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Tambo
  • Moonee Valley
  • Rosehill
  • Kembla Grange
  • Coonabarabran
  • Morphettville
  • Roxby Downs
  • Belmont
  • Broome
  • Launceston(Sunday 4th August)
  • Darwin
  • Canberra (Friday 2nd August)

A big thank you to all the participating clubs for their enthusiastic support.

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Jockeys participating in National Jockeys Celebration Day  2013 at Bowen Nth Qld