Former Apprentice Jockey, Eva Moscrop (28) has won a prestigious career development Award. She received her trophy and £2000 prize from BHA Chair Annamarie Phelps at a special ceremony at Cheltenham racecourse on Sunday 17th November 2019.
Eva rode for five years before injuries and lack of opportunities led her to take the tough decision to retire from racing in 2016 and pursue a new career. Two years later, in September 2018, she opened the Cortado Espresso Bar which is now a thriving business on Newmarket High Street.
Eva has taken advantage of funding from JETS (Jockeys Education and Training Scheme) to develop her skills and qualifications to help her set out on her new career path and grow her business, completing a number of different training courses over the last couple of years. Originally, Eva worked by herself seven mornings a week but her hard work has paid off allowing her to take on staff and expand the offering available. She now counts racing figures such as Lester Piggott and Charlie Appleby among her regulars and has developed an important independent hub for the local community which supports other local businesses.
The judging panel, made up of a team of Injured Jockeys Fund Almoners, were impressed with the way Eva has applied her focus and energy as a jockey towards developing her new business and her huge commitment to making it successful. IJF Almoner Karen Sharpe said, “There was a particularly strong group of entries for this year’s IJF Progress Award, however Eva stood out having demonstrated great initiative and an incredibly strong work ethic in setting up her own business. Eva has used the fantastic support and resources JETS can offer to her full advantage, resulting in an impressive skill set and in a short space of time is running a thriving and successful business. She is an incredibly deserving winner of this year’s award.”
Commenting on her transformation from jockey to barista, Eva said, “Working hard all my life meant that being on my feet all day, organising and planning didn’t worry me, and as such my life as a jockey stood me in good stead and my racing connections in Newmarket have helped build up a strong and supportive customer base.
“I am grateful to JETS for providing funding to help me gain new business qualifications and I’ve been able to build up skills in accounting, technology, marketing and stock management which has given me the confidence to move forward and realise my vision. I am very proud to receive this Award which shows how far I’ve come in a short period of time.”
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