The sporadically updated website of geneticist
and former jockey, David Howard
This site was originally set up in 1999, whilst I was still riding as a jump jockey for the former champion racehorse trainer Martin Pipe. I retired from riding in 2002 and much of the original racing content of the site, can be accessed using the links at the top of the page.
After retiring from race riding I worked in a number of managerial jobs and in 2007 I decided to do a degree to further my knowledge and strengthen my CV. I obtained a first class honours degree in Equine Management from the Royal Agricultural College and I have provided further information on my undergraduate work here.
I greatly enjoyed my time studying for my undergrad degree, and I found the field of genetics really fascinating and I have decided to pursue a second career working in this field. Lucklily, I was able to get funding for a four year PhD entitled 'Managing genomic diversity in the course of selection', which started in 2011. I am finding ways of ensuring that there is enough genetic diversity within farm animals. More info on my postgraduate work can be found here or by clicking the link on the postgraduate link towards the top of the page.
With the 2015 Cheltenham Festival fast approaching, I am hosting an article written by Will Palmer:
Tony McCoy gets ready for Cheltenham Festival farewell
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