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Richard Dunwoody MBE

Richard Dunwoody is one of the most legendary jockeys in British history. He was at the forefront of English National Hunt racing in the 80s and 90s, and won the Big Three races: The Grand National, the Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup. Now a motivational and after-dinner speaker, Richard Dunwoody’s speech topics range from anecdotes from the Grand National through to peak performance and how to achieve it.


About Richard Dunwoody

Richard Dunwoody is perhaps best known for his partnership with the inimitable Desert Orchid, on whom he won seven races. Over the course of his career, Richard won a record 1699 races and was even awarded an MBE in 1993 for services to his sport.


Richard Dunwoody had one of the most incredible careers and was only forced to hang up his boots at the age of 35 owing to injury.

In addition to racing, he has worked as a racing pundit for the BBC and as a sports columnist more broadly. January 2008 saw Richard complete a gruelling 680-mile, 48-day trek to the South Pole un-resupplied and on a new route, one that Shackleton intended to take back in 1915.

From May to July 2009 Richard undertook the ‘1000 Mile in 1000 hours’ Barclay Challenge which involved walking one mile in every hour for 42 days with minimal sleep throughout this period.

Richard swapped his riding boots for dancing shoes in 2009 when he took part in BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing. He recounts in his autobiography ‘Method in My Madness’ how this experience was far more daunting than any race around the Aintree Grand National fences!

Speech Topics
  • Controlling the Controllable
  • Choosing Your Attitude
  • Goal setting
  • Overcoming the Fear of Failure
  • Learning from Mistakes and
  • Dealing with Setbacks
  • Building a High Performance Team
  • Doing the Basics
  • Focus and Commitment needed to Get to the Top
  • An Insight into the World’s Greatest Race, the Aintree Grand National
  • Conquering the South Pole
  • The 1000 Mile Challenge and the people who inspired and motivated Richard
  • Overcoming extreme nerves in the Strictly Come Dancing experience
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"The feedback has been overwhelming positive from the guests and ourselves. The talk was informative, inspiring and enjoyable and your honesty and willingness to answer questions was very well received. You were extremely professional to work with every step of the way and would certainly be happy to recommend you to speak at any event looking for a professional, inspiring speaker."

Patrick Alexander, Marketing Planning and Activation Manager, SIS Ltd

"Richard visited last week to attend a gallery launch. He gave a fascinating talk on subjects ranging from Desert Orchid, to the South Pole and his recent trip to North Korea. He then opened the presentation up to a question and answer session which made the audience feel very involved. There was a lovely atmosphere in the room and the feedback since has been overwhelming; one elderly lady said it was the highlight of her last 12 months."

Andrew Byne, Owner, The Rocking Horse Gallery and Cafe, Rock, Northumberland

"Richard is as inspiring a speaker as he was a jockey, taking the audience on the epic and dangerous journey to the South Pole with the same ‘sang froid’ as he would have ridden the National. Needless to say he was a huge success."

Jonny Bealby, Founder/MD, Wild Frontiers Adventure Travel Ltd

"Richard was a huge success and warmly received by everybody. There was a sense that we were welcoming home a national hero."

Paul Ennis, Marketing Director, ESB Ireland

"What a roaring success this event was. It was hugely enjoyable and very interesting. Inspiring."

Penny Newton, APM Project Manager

"I would like to thank you for the excellent presentation….There was great interest in your presentation and we have received excellent feedback from delegates."

Michael J Rogers, Chief Executive, The Sales Institute of Ireland

"Richard made an inspiring presentation to our company....was at ease with the audience... and was very open and friendly with members of the company...We would highly recommend him as an inspirational speaker."

Paul von der Heyde, Managing Director, Kinnarps UK Ltd.

"Richard was a fantastic speaker. He was very personable and he pitched his speech perfectly for the audience. We have had excellent feedback about Richard from all of the guests who attended and we would definitely recommend him as a guest speaker."

Phil Mayall, Muse Developments

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