I first started attending racemeetings with my Dad, when I was about 10 years old. I soon decided I would like to learn to ride horses and began lessons at the local riding school. I enjoyed riding so much that I started working at the riding school at the weekends and very quickly decided I wanted to become a jockey.
I still wanted to be a jockey after completing my A-levels, so I attended a 9 week training course British Racing School in Newmarket. From there, I went to work for the Newmarket based flat trainer, Stuart Williams. I worked there for around 18 months before moving to Martin Pipe's national hunt yard in Somerset. I initially worked as a stable lad for Mr Pipe before being granted a conditional jockeys licence.
I had my first ride on Gray Pastel at Warwick on the 4th March 2000, finishing 2nd, which was the first time he had been placed in over 2 years. I have had 99 rides and 5 winners, with my first winner being Treasure Chest, at Warwick. My second winner was Big Wheel at Taunton priced at 25/1 on the 18th January 2001. My third winner was on Treasure Chest again and this time we won by 21 lengths. In 2001/02 season I had 2 winners, on the same horse, Intox III. I finished 5th in the Newton Abbot Racecourse Summer Jockeys Championship 2001 for conditional and amateur jockeys. For more information on my winners have a look at the rides page.
Conditional License Course Report:
Attitude, Effort and Commitment : David is a polite well mannered young lad whose attitude, effort and commitment could not be faulted throughout the week.
Riding Ability : David did well during the week. He schooled a variety of horses over hurdles and fences. David listened to instructions and always carried them out. A sensible lad who now needs more race riding experience.
Knowledge and Understanding : David seemed to be a bright lad. His knowledge and understanding were very good. He listened to all the speakers and used his week wisely. This resulted in an excellent test score.