Richard Dunwoody MBE


Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Richard Dunwoody became the only jockey of his generation to win the ‘Big Three’ National Hunt races following wins on West Tip (Aintree Grand National 1986), Charter Party (Cheltenham Gold Cup 1988) and Kribensis (Champion Hurdle 1990). He also partnered the great Desert Orchid to seven victories. He won the Grand National again on Miinnehoma in 1994 and was Champion Jockey three times (1993-95). He was awarded the MBE for services to his sport in 1993.

Since retiring as a jockey in 1999 he has travelled extensively and undertaken expeditions to both the Arctic and Antarctic. In 2003 he competed in the inaugural Polar Race to the Magnetic North Pole and in 2008 he completed an unsupported expedition to the South Pole, travelling around 700 miles on skis. In 2017, to raise funds for Sarcoma UK he walked the length of Japan’s three largest islands covering over 2000 miles in 101 days.

Besides sport, adventure and travel, he has always been passionate about photography. Since studying photojournalism at the Speos Institute in Paris in 2011 his images have featured in publications around the world and in 2014 The Brooke Hospital (an equine charity) held a successful exhibition of his images of working equines at St Martin in the Fields in London.

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  • Horse Racing Speaker
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  • 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