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Racing apprentice, Joe Leavy, shares his experience

We caught up with racing apprentice, Joe Leavy, to discuss his experience as an upcoming jockey and why he chose Haddon Training to complete his racing qualification.

Joe began his level 2 racing apprenticeship in 2022 at Richard Hannon Racing in Wiltshire. He is supported by his racing Trainer Coach, Rachel Lander.

Rachel: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, what you do and where you work?

Joe: “My name is Joe Leavy. I am currently holding my apprentice license with Richard Hannon Racing. I have recently ridden my first winner as apprentice, which was amazing!”

R: What made you decide to pursue a career in racing as a jockey?

J: “My family have always been into horse racing. My dad trained horses, so I have always been involved and around racehorses all my life. I have ridden since I was really young, and it just progressed from there and I turned apprentice in January.”

R: What are your plans moving forward now you have ridden your first winner as apprentice?

J: “My plan now is to keep my head down working hard and try and get as many rides and wins as I can through the summer.”

R: Have you had any recent rides?

J: “I’ve recently ridden at Chelmsford City Racecourse, coming 5th with Dillydingdillydong, and at Wolverhampton Racecourse where I came 6th with Dodgy Bob.”

R: Why did you choose Haddon Training for an apprenticeship?

J: “I chose Haddon Training to do my apprenticeship as it allows me to continue my career as an apprentice jockey. It’s been flexible around my riding, and I would recommend this route for other jockeys.”

R: Do you enjoy your apprenticeship with Haddon?

J: “Yes, it has been really helpful for me, and I have had great support.”

Thanks Joe!


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