08 March 2019

International Women's Day

Looking ahead to watching inspirational women doing extraordinary things at Cheltenham, we look back at inspirational women from years gone by:

Lizzie Kelly – The first female jockey to ride a British Grade 1 winner over jumps, the second ever woman to ride in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and 2019 Festival contender (pictured)

Caroline Beasley – First female jockey to ride a Cheltenham Festival winner (pictured)

Jenny Pitman OBE – First woman to train a Grand National winner and first female trainer of a Cheltenham Gold Cup winner

Jessica Harrington – Trainer of 10 Cheltenham winners, including the 2017 Gold Cup

Katie Walsh - Rode three winners at the Cheltenham Festival and holds the highest finish for a female competitor in the Aintree Grand National

Venetia Williams – Trainer of 6 Cheltenham winners and has achieved the most winners by any female trainer in the history of jumps

Bryony Frost – Rode her first Cheltenham Festival winner at the age of 22 in 2017 and contender in the 2019 Ryanair Chase 

Henrietta Knight – Trainer of three-time Gold Cup winner Best Mate

Bridget Andrews – Winning jockey of the County Handicap Hurdle at the Festival 2018

Kayley Woollacott – Trainer of Top Novice’s Hurdle (Grade 1 - Aintree) winner and Cheltenham hopeful; Lalor

Harriet Tucker – 2018 Foxhunter Chase winner

Emma Lavelle – Two-time Cheltenham winner and trainer of Stayer’s Hurdle (Grade 1) contender; Paisley Park

Rachael Blackmore -  Irish Champion Jockey prospect and 2019 Cheltenham Festival hopeful

Rebecca Curtis - Trainer of 4 Cheltenham Festival winners and enters 3 for 2019