CHAMPION RIVETT QUITS THE SADDLE
Ben Rivett, the East Anglian Men’s Champion Point-To-Point Jockey for the past two seasons, has announced his retirement at the tender age of 27.
Pictured above partnering the grey, Mizen Mix, to victory at Higham in January, Rivett, from Sharrington in Norfolk, was awarded his trophy for the 2013-14 season at the Annual Point-To-Point Awards Dinner & Dance at Hall Farm Barn in Thurlow, Suffolk, on Saturday night (September 13th).
But pressures of work (he works as a property agent at Savills in Norwich) have meant that he will not be bidding for a hat-trick next term. “The riding was such a huge commitment that the balance between horses and work was all wrong,” he admitted, “and unfortunately I need to earn a living!”
He retires with a career tally of 43 winners, most achieved during the past two campaigns in association with trainer Andrew Pennock, from Timworth near Bury St Edmunds.
Saturday night’s other big winner was 21-year-old Bridget Andrews, from Lilley in Hertfordshire, who last season followed in the footsteps of her older sister, Gina, by landing not just the East Anglian Lady Riders’ Championship but also, with 26 winners, the national title.
Rosie Thorogood, from Ampton, near Bury St Edmunds, scooped both the County Linen Services Novice Lady Riders Award and the Sarah Sheppard Memorial Trophy for the best young ambassador for the sport, while the County Linen Services Men’s Novice Rider’s Award went the way of Archie Wright, from Badlingham, near Newmarket.
Subject to rubber-stamping by the British Horseracing Authority, the 2014-15 East Anglian season is set to commence with two fixtures at Cottenham, near Cambridge. The Cambridge University United Hunts Club meeting will take place on Sunday November 30th (first race at noon) while the Cambridgeshire Harriers Hunt Club is scheduled for Sunday December 28th (first race 11am).
The full list of award winners is as follows:
Weller-Poley Photography Leading Horse Award
1st Volcan Surprise 51 points
2nd The Rodeo Clown 43
3rd Galbally King 42
Marriages Horse Feeds Champion Mare
1st Cheyanwe 10 points
2nd Dancing Dawn 9
3rd Wila 6
Hunter Rowe Trophy (most victories for a female rider)
1st Bridget Andrews 26
2nd Gina Andrews 15
3rd Rosie Thorogood 2
David Turner Trophy (most victories for a male rider)
1st Ben Rivett 16
2nd David Kemp 13
3rd James Ferguson 8
Geoffrey Sale Shield (special contribution)
The Vaughan-Jones Family (of Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk)
Sarah Sheppard Memorial Trophy
Archant Leading Owner
John Ferguson (of Cowlinge, near Newmarket)
David Kemp (of Kilverstone, near Thetford)
County Linen Services Female Rider’s Championship
1st Bridget Andrews 168 points
2nd Gina Andrews 139
3rd Rosie Thorogood 31
County Linen Services Male Rider’s Championship
1st Ben Rivett 154 points
2nd James Ferguson 90
3rd Dicky Collinson
County Linen Services Female Novice Rider’s Championship
1st Rosie Thorogood 31points
2nd Lottie Ingleton 22
3rd Zoe Meen 8
County Linen Services Male Novice Rider’s Championship
1st Archie Wright 27 points
2nd Hugo Thompson-Brown 16
3rd= Sebastian Desmontils 13
3rd= Ed Kendall 13
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