Richard Dunwoody MBE


Former three-time Champion Jockey, Richard Dunwoody MBE became the only jockey of his generation to win the Big Three National Hunt races following wins on West Tip, Charter Party and Kribensis. By the time he retired in 1999 he had won a record 1,874 races. In 1993 he was awarded an MBE for his services to sport.

Richard has won the King George VI Chases a staggering four times twice on Desert Orchid in 1989 and 1990 and then twice on One Man in 1995 and 1996. He’s impressively won the Grand Nationals twice in 1986 and 1994 on West Tip and Minnehoma. He’s been named Jump Jockey of the Year five times for his incredible achievements.

Richard is an avid charity supporter and has done an array of impressive feats in aid of charity. 2008 saw Richard and American explorer Doug Stoup reach the South Pole following a forty-eight-day trek in order to raise money for charity. This was the first time this route had been completed on foot and the first successfully completed new route to the South Pole in ten years. Only the following year was Richards’s next achievement for charity where he walked the same mile 1000 consecutive times for 1000 consecutive hours. Additionally, in 2017 Richard decided to raise money for Sarcoma UK cancer charity, by embarking on a 2,000 mile walk across Japan. This impressive trek took him 101 days starting from Cape Sata on the southern tip and ending at Cape Soya the northernmost part.

Richard makes for an extremely interesting keynote speaker as he shares his driving ambition which led to him conquering not only the horse racing world but also the South Pole. With experience succeeding in a competitive sporting environment and also extreme conditions during his charity ventures he is full of insights that can benefit everyone. From facing fear to mental resilience, Richard entertains all audiences with an extremely motivating talk.

As a motivational speaker Richard covers a variety of topics he’s mastered throughout his career from how to get to the top, learning from mistakes and overcoming the fear of failure to breaking the performance barrier, controlling the controllable and building a high-performance team.

To book Richard Dunwoody MBE as the horse-racing speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below:

When at corporate events, Richard is known to cover the following topics:

  • Horse Racing Speaker
  • Sports & Punditry
  • Maximising Success
  • Controlling The Controllable
  • Goal Setting
  • Overcoming The Fear Of Failure
  • Building A High Performance Team
  • Conquering The South Pole

“Richard is as inspiring a speaker as he was a jockey, taking the audience on the epic and dangerous journey to the South Pole with the same sang froid as he would have ridden the National. Needless to say he was a huge success.”  Jonny Bealby, Founder/MD, Wild Frontiers Adventure Travel Ltd

“Richard was a huge success and warmly received by everybody. There was a sense that we were welcoming home a national hero.” Paul Ennis, Marketing Director, ESB Ireland

“What a roaring success this event was. It was hugely enjoyable and very interesting. Inspiring.” – Penny Newton, APM Project Manager 

“The feedback has been excellent with everyone thoroughly enjoying Richard’s talk and experiences. It was our most successful event ever…He is some guy!” – Gillian Armitage, British Red Cross

“Richard made an inspiring presentation to our company….was at ease with the audience… and was very open and friendly with members of the company…We would highly recommend him as an inspirational speaker.” – Paul von der Heyde, Managing Director, Kinnarps UK Ltd.

“I would like to thank you for the excellent presentation….There was great interest in your presentation and we have received excellent feedback from delegates.”  – Michael J Rogers, Chief Executive, The Sales Institute of Ireland

“I had the pleasure of listening to your talk today…on behalf of Bracknell Forest Homes. It was the highlight of the day…” – Clive Trimble, Bracknell Forest Homes 

“Richard is a lovely, professional man and was very approachable and amenable. His speech was great and my colleagues were very impressed that he was happy to speak to them afterwards and have pictures taken. Would definitely recommend him.” – Tina Skerritt, Abbott Diagnostics

“The feedback has been overwhelming positive from the guests and ourselves. The talk was informative, inspiring and enjoyable and his honesty and willingness to answer questions was very well received. Richard was extremely professional to work with every step of the way and would certainly be happy to recommend him to speak at any event looking for a professional, inspiring speaker.” – Patrick, SIS

“Richard visited last week to attend a gallery launch. He gave a fascinating  talk on subjects ranging from Desert Orchid, to the South Pole and his recent trip to North Korea. He then opened the presentation up to a question and answer session which made the audience feel very involved. There was a lovely atmosphere in the room and the feedback since has been overwhelming; one elderly lady said it was the highlight of her last 12 months.” – Andrew Byne, Owner, The Rocking Horse Gallery and Cafe, Rock, Northumberland