Richard Dunwoody MBE is the most successful jockey in National Hunt Racing history. Revered by fellow professionals, Richard rode an extraordinary 1,699 winners, becoming a champion jockey three times. A wonderful horse racing speaker for events and functions, Richard is an engaging and compelling personality to talk on a number of sporting and business topics, making him one of the most desirable characters on the after dinner speaker circuit.
Richard is best known to the racing public for his partnership with Desert Orchid, the pair won seven races, including the King George VI Chase.
Richard retired due to the potential of long term damage to his neck. Since leaving racing, he has founded a racing betting advisory service, a photography company and leads riding holidays for the travel company ‘Wild Frontiers’. The transition Richard undertook from sport to business guarantees an interesting portfolio of discussion as a sports speaker, Dunwoody seeks to make comparisons and highlight the difference between the two environments.
Richard also enjoys the challenge of testing both his physical and mental strength. Richard completed the famous 1000 mile challenge in 2009, consisting of walking the same mile 1000 consecutive times in Newmarket for 1000 consecutive hours, raising £15ok for four charities. Richard has also trekked to the South Pole and completed in the gruelling World Cup Rally across the Sahara.
Richard is a seasoned horse racing speaker, relating his times on the race circuit, later career and expeditions to inspire audiences and instil confident and successful qualities into every listener. Richard knows what it takes to stay on top of your game with continued peak performance as an after dinner speaker.
As a speaker, audiences will learn about the driving ambition which led him to become a household favourite in racing circles at only 21 and the focus and determination which kept him at the forefront of National Hunt racing for 15 years and helped him complete his greatest ever achievement reaching the South Pole, on skis, with no resupplies and via a new route. Richard also considers how he focused his mind to overcome the extreme sleep deprivation of walking 1000 miles in 1000 hours, and confronting the fear that he suffered when taking to the Strictly Come Dancing floor with Lilia Kopylova in front of 10 million viewers.
“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