Three females among 17 graduates of Jockeys’ School

first_imgHistory was created when three female apprentice jockeys graduated from a batch of 17 at the passing-out ceremony for the new Jockeys’ Schools trainees on the lawns of the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC), Hagley Park Road, last Thursday.The young ladies are 21-year-old Mellisa Ward, a past student of Camperdown High; 22-year-old Natalie Berger, a graduate of Gaynstead High; and 24-year-old Andree Powell, a past student of Clarendon College.Prior to this batch, only two women had graduated from the Jockeys’ Training School since its inception in 1980 – Azel Cowie in 1992 and Georgina Sergeon in 2009.The other graduates who completed the 24-week training course from February to July were Oneil Beckford, Dane Dawkins, Odean Edwards, Amoy Gray, Bebeto Harvey, Jerome Innis, Roshane Johnson, Kemoy Parchment, Javaniel Patterson, Hakeem Pottinger, AndrÈ Powell, Oneil Scott, Linton Steadman, and Anthony Thomas. They are scheduled to ride against senior jockeys at Caymanas Park on Saturday, September 26.JRC operations steward Haldene Johansen, who gave the course overview, disclosed that there were “significant changes to the programme this time around as the JRC listened to the stakeholders.””We placed greater emphasis on the core elements of the programme in order to produce well-rounded horsemen,” he said.Emphasis was placed on horsemanship, which was taught by well-known equestrian Susan Wates, race-riding techniques by retired Hall of Fame jockey Charles Hussey (now a steward), personal development, the rules of racing and an expanded nutritional programme to help new riders cope with weight problems.be the bestGuest speaker was former JRC chairman Dennis Lalor, who challenged the class of 2015 to be the best they can be, as they enjoy the opportunity their predecessors of a bygone era never had.Lalor, who as chairman of the JRC in 1980 spearheaded the formation of the Jockeys’ School, recalled that under the old system, the apprentices “were not required to be literate or numerate like the ones coming through the school today, hence the dropout rate was 35 per cent. I vowed to break that cycle … .”You are now the glamour boys and girls of racing. Being educated, this is your opportunity to take advantage of a noble sport, to ensure that corruption is avoided. Please be careful of the company you seek … . God be with all of you, and may your careers be the best,” said Lalor.Also speaking were Jeffrey Mordecai of the JRC sub-committee; Richard Longmore of the JRC; Owners Association president Dr Graham Brown; the respective presidents of the trainers’ associations, Vin Edwards and Dale Murphy; Jockeys’ Guild President AndrÈ Martin; Cedric Stewart, CEO of Caymanas Track Limited; and Ina Lawrence, principal of the Jockeys’ School.last_img read more

Defending champ La Salle tops Ateneo to open UAAP Season 81 campaign

first_imgPhilippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers “I think it was an advantage because they didn’t know who my starters were going to be and what our set plays are,” said De Jesus in Filipino.La Salle did not join any preseason tournaments before the start of the UAAP while the Lady Eagles were exposed as early as November of 2018 after they participated in the Premier Volleyball League.This unfamiliarity allowed last year’s substitute May Luna and the rookie Dela Cruz to blossom for the Lady Spikers with 11 points apiece.Cheng, though, was still La Salle’s main threat with 13 points while Aduke Ogunsanya added 10 points.Kat Tolentino put up 16 points for the Lady Eagles.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Blue Eagles roll past Green Spikers; Falcons outlast Tigers View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES After a minor hiccup in the third set, the defending champions immediately went back to work in the fourth set showing Ateneo who the boss of the playing field is.From leading by just two points, 12-10, early in the set, La Salle made a run for it and took a 19-13 lead after Jolina Dela Cruz’ hammering kill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDesiree Cheng then finished things off with two straight points, the final one an ace to end things and seal the victory for the Lady Spikers.La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus said his team being kept from the limelight during the offseason proved to be beneficial since they were essentially an enigma come the tournament. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—De La Salle’s four-peat bid started off in the right footing after the defending champion dismantled Ateneo, 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19, in the opening weekend of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Lady Spikers are aiming to become the first team since University of Santo Tomas, which won seven straight from 1985 to 1991, to win four straight titles.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more