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The Injured Jockeys Fund

Compassion. Care. Support

The Injured Jockeys Fund was the brainchild of founding Trustee and past President John Oaksey and came about following the devastating accidents of Tim Brookshaw and, four months later, Paddy Farrell in the 1964 Grand National.

Both falls resulted in severe paralysis which immediately ended both their careers. Since then the Fund has helped over 1000 jockeys and their families and has paid out more than £18m in charitable assistance.  

The Injured Jockeys Fund helps any rider who holds, or has held, a Professional or Amateur licence issued by the British Horseracing Authority including Apprentice, Conditional and Point-to-Point riders, including any spouse, partner, child or dependant they may have.


Jockey statistics

On the flat

  • 1 fall in every 240 rides
  • 40% falls result in injury
  • 1 injury every 594 rides

Over jumps

  • 1 fall in every 16 rides
  • 18% falls result in injury
  • 1 injury every 83 rides

Average retirement age

  • Flat 33 years
  • Jumps 31 years


A jump jockey has on average 215 rides per year. After deductions that puts the average before tax gross income at £26,500 per year.

A flat jockey has on average 300 rides a year. After deductions that puts the average before tax gross income at £27,100 per year

Our Vision

To improve the lives of injured jockeys and their families

Our Mission

To provide appropriate support, in a prompt and sympathetic manner to those jockeys past or present who are injured, unable to ride or generally in need

The Fund has a team of eight Almoners who liaise directly with beneficiaries on a support basis and also a team of 30 volunteer visitors who keep in touch with old and isolated beneficiaries offering friendship and company.

The IJF also works closely with racing authorities and other organisations on many initiatives such as funding on course physios and medical services and research into improved riding protection equipment for jockeys.

In 2009 it opened its first Rehabilitation and Fitness Centre, Oaksey House, in Lambourn and in 2015 opened its second, Jack Berry House, in Malton for northern based jockeys.  A third, Peter O’Sullevan House, opened in Newmarket in October 2019.




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