Female jockeys celebrated as HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival announces Women of the Future Sport Award nominees

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, one of the world’s most respected horseracing organisations run under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs, has today announced its nominees for the Women of the Future Sport Award category.

Furthermore, UAE Champion Jockey and Festival Ambassador Richard Mullen will join the prestigious judging panel to provide further context to the racing industry and assist in the selection of the Sport category finalists.

Endorsed by the Arabian Racing Organisation and the Amateur Jockeys Association of Great Britain, the following women have been selected for their stand-out achievements in racing this year having met with the criteria for entry, under the age of 35 and with permanent residency in the UK.

Page Fuller, 22.

Having returned to racing following a serious ankle injury in 2016, Freelance jockey Page Fuller is enjoying exceptional success in the saddle, helping trainer Jamie Snowden on a weekly basis and riding winners for the yard.

To date, Fuller has ridden 54 winners (Arabian, Flat and National Hunt racing and Point-to-Point) and has ridden abroad in countries including France, Belgium, Germany and Abu Dhabi.

In 2013 she was the AGA Ladies Point to Point Champion, Reserve Lady Rider Champion in her first season Arabian racing in 2014, Champion Arabian Lady Rider 2015 and Champion Amateur Lady National Hunt Jockey 2016/17.

 Ellie MacKenzie, 24. 

 Flat rider and Amateur jockey Ellie MacKenzie now rides for PD Evans in Wales following National Hunt success with the likes of Jonjo O’Neill, Paul Nicholls and David Pipe. Currently on two wins and many placings from 16 amateur Flat rides, MacKenzie is achieving notable success within the Thoroughbred circuit.

In addition to riding under rules, MacKenzie has been an ARO jockey for three seasons and is dedicated to trainer Jenny Lees. At present, she has six wins under ARO rules and has recently enjoyed a Group 2 victory aboard Riyam at Newbury on Dubai Day.

During the inaugural UAE Abu Dhabi Day at Chelmsford Racecourse earlier in August, Ellie came third in the UK leg of the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship race.

Joanna Mason, 27.

Granddaughter of legendary Yorkshire trainer Mick Easterby and a successful Point-to-Point and Jump jockey before breaking her back in two places in 2015 in a serious Point-to-Point fall.

Since making a full recovery, Mason has won at Epsom three times and this year came first aboard Tapis Libre in the Ladies’ Derby Handicap race at the world-famous racecourse. Having embraced riding Arabians, Mason was named Champion Female Jockey in 2016 and is currently leading this year – she is three wins ahead and is second overall in the male and female championships.

Last year Mason came runner-up in the Lady Amateur Championship and is current joint leader for 2017.

 

Festival Executive Director Lara Sawaya commented, “We have seen such incredible goals achieved by our lady riders who compete in HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival races from all over the world, and we are so proud to nominate Page, Ellie and Joanna for the Women of the Future Awards.

‘These girls have shown exceptional ability and are such wonderful ambassadors for British racing. On behalf of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak we wish them the best of luck and hope they are selected for the final judging stage. To receive nomination is a huge achievement and they should be very proud of this.”

If candidates are successful during the initial judging stage, the Women of the Future Awards committee will invite the shortlisted nominees to attend an informal judging day in London on Monday, 9 October 2017. The winner will be announced during the awards dinner at London’s Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on Wednesday, 15 November 2017.

The Women of the Future Sport Award is sponsored by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival and HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and Head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.

For more information about the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival and the Women of the Future Awards please visit www.sheikhmansoorfestival.com and  www.womenofthefuture.co.uk.