James Bowen

Apprentice, James Bowen wins BBC Wales Young Sportsman of the Year

Congratulations to our very own Racehorse Care Apprentice, James Bowen, for being crowned as BBC Wales Young Sportsman of the Year!

James won the title after winning the 2017 Welsh Grand National at the age of 16, riding Raz De Maree. Connor Brace (another of our apprentices) was also named alongside James in the Rising Star category.

James was also in the final three for the National BBC Young Sports Personality 2019. Para-athlete Kare Adenegan, swimmer Freya Anderson were the other two names on the final shortlist. James’ achievements are:

  • Became the youngest rider to win the Welsh Grand National on Raz De Maree at Chepstow in January.
  • Secured a further 2018 victory in the Lanzarote Hurdle on William Henry during his first season.
  • Placed second in the Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham Festival on Shantou Flyer.

The winner was announced at the Radio 1 Teen Awards on Sunday, 21 October at the SSE Arena, Wembley.

james bowenJames currently works for top trainer, Nicky Henderson, as a junior jockey, competing his Level 3 Racehorse Care Apprenticeship. James has demonstrated hard work through out his time working on the yard that has earned him so many achievements.

James says ‘‘Haddon Training’s knowledgeable Trainer-Coaches have really helped me to successfully complete my Level 2. I have started my Level 3 and really like the fact that they fit in with my busy schedule.’