FEMALE JOCKEY WHO BEAT CAREER-THREATENING INJURY JOINS HARROGATE WATER AS HYDRATION AMBASSADOR
Ascot sponsor Harrogate Water has announced a season-long partnership with leading amateur jockey Becky Smith to promote healthy hydration in elite sport.
Becky, 31, is amateur rider for Micky Hammond Racing in Middleham, North Yorkshire, and has just completed her finest NH season, finishing runner-up in the 2017/18 Amateur Lady Jockeys NH Championship.
Becky said: “I’m delighted to become Harrogate Water’s hydration ambassador. I’m passionate about the health and wellbeing of jockeys and healthy hydration is an important message in all sport, including racing. As with all elite sportsmen and women, it is vital that jockeys take care of ourselves.
“When you have suffered the trauma of a career-threatening injury, as I have, it makes you realise that your career can last longer if you manage your weight and health responsibly.
“Jockeys are athletes and staying properly hydrated is vitally important for peak fitness, especially at elite level. Sensible eating and drinking to remain hydrated is an important message to get across and for everyone in sport to understand.”
Harrogate Water brand manager Nicky Cain said: “We are thrilled to be sponsoring Becky for the coming season. She is one of the finest amateur jockeys and highly respected throughout horseracing and the broader sporting world.
“As the official water of Ascot and Royal Ascot, having Becky on board is a great honour and a privilege.”
Becky suffered a career-threatening knee injury in 2013 and was told she might not be able to ride competitively again. However, with grit and determination, she made her comeback after a long and hard 14 months.
In a spectacular return to form, in only her second race, she rode her most valuable winner Sand On Fire in a $38,500 Arabian bred world championship race at Sam Houston Park in Texas. She went on to finish runner-up in the world series in Abu Dhabi.
The trauma of her injury and the long road back to fitness have given her new insights into life as a jockey and the demands of elite sport. She has raised thousands of pounds for the Injured Jockeys Fund, worked closely with Racing Welfare and is taking part in a nutritional programme for jockeys in association with Liverpool John Moores University.
Becky will be promoting healthy hydration and wearing Harrogate Water branding up and down the country as she competes in both the amateur flat series and rides alongside professionals throughout the winter jump season.