MS Amlin Equine is involved with every aspect of the racing, breeding and equine world and has a close association with some of the industry’s most successful personalities and rising stars.
Richard’s father was an amateur jockey and his mother a trainer, so racing is in his blood. He was champion conditional jockey in 1995 at the age of 18, and has enjoyed considerable success since including winning the Gold Cup in 2018 on Native River trained by Colin Tizzard. He has been second to AP McCoy in the jump jockeys’ championship on numerous occasions however he currently holds the Champion Jockey title for last three consecutive years 2016/17/18. Ricard is the stable jockey for one of our sponsored trainers, Philip Hobbs.
Hailing from Sardinia Andrea’s introduction to horses came by chance. With no family background racing, it was by accident young Andrea was introduced to riding through a friend. It didn’t take long before Andrea made his mark riding 30 winners from just 250 rides in his first season. Since 2013, when Andrea had his first UK Group One winner on Kingston Hill, he has had an extremely successful career winning the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Coronation Cup on Postponed in 2015/16, finishing first across the line in the St. Leger on Simple Verse and securing the Group One QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes on Decorated Knight in 2017.
Andrew was the first jockey to be sponsored by MS Amlin, in 2003. He rode his first winner at Sedgefield on 22 November 1991. He has ridden for several high-profile trainers, and won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1998 on Cool Dawn. In true jump jockey style, Andrew has been injured numerous times, even riding with a fractured ankle!
Tom O’ Brien has been involved in racing from an early age, as his uncle is Aiden O’Brien. He joined the Philip Hobbs yard in 2004 as a stable lad, and rode point-to-pointing then as a Conditional. He won the Conditional Jockey Championship in 2006 and broke the record of winners in a season totaling 107. He won the Welsh Grand National aboard Dream Alliance and finished 2nd in the Grand National on McKelvey.
Josh comes from a pedigree steeped in racing and is the youngest brother to jockey’s Ryan, Jamie and Hayley Moore. It was no doubt he was destined for a career race riding and rode as an Amateur as soon as he turned 16 and went on to Win the 2008 Gentleman Turf Flat series. Josh turned professional at 19 and teamed up with MS Amlin in 2014 after securing his first Grade 3 win aboard Well Refreshed in 2013. Josh has since gone on to win numerous Graded races and secured his first Grade 1 in 2015 aboard Ar Mad.
Tim is one of Britain’s best-known and most popular showjumpers. His success has led to him representing Great Britain on over fifty occasions in Nations Cup Teams, European and World Championships and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Late 2011 saw Tim sustain a fractured neck as the result of a fall, an injury which he fought back from with determination to be short listed for London in 2012. Since then Tim has competed on more British Teams all over Europe and in the USA and Canada. 2016 saw success in winning the Nations Cup in Gijon, Spain and in that year Tim was short listed again but for Rio this time.
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Tim has had remarkable success as a junior rider strengthening and developing his career both in the UK and with legendary trainer Henk Nooren in Belgium. He has competed and produced an array of young horses for IN Showjumpers and also achieved Bronze at the Junior European Championships. In 2016, his international showjumping career flourished even more when he finished his Nations Cup debut with two double clears representing Great Britain in the CSIO3* Nations Cup in Lisbon, followed by another double clear at the CSIO5* Nations Cup in Falsterbo. Tim has also been awarded the British Showjumping’s Leading Young Rider of the Year Award and The Raymond Brooks-Ward Memorial Trophy at Olympia International Horse Show; this is an award for a young rider who has shown the greatest potential for future success across all equestrian disciplines.
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Philip Hobbs is a successful National Hunt trainer based in Somerset. He took out his training licence in 1985, whilst still riding as a professional jockey (160 winners between 1975 and 1986). His father had bred and run several horses in the family colours, and his wife Sarah, who was a junior eventer, has ridden winners in point-to-points, under National Hunt rules and on the Flat. As a trainer, Philip has over 100 horses in the yard in Somerset and has trained over 2,500 winners including the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and many other prestigious races in the UK and Ireland. Philip has also finished in the country’s top six National Hunt trainers since 1999.
After leaving school in 1989, Ralph spent a year in Australia, working for Bart Cummings and Colin Hayes. On his return, he started as a stable lad for Jimmy Fitzgerald, before becoming head man to Arthur Moore who was champion trainer at the time. Ralph then had a brief stint with Martin Pipe and then moved to Peter Walwyn as Assistant Trainer. He took over the license in 2000 when Peter retired, and is now based in Kimpton Down, Hampshire. In all, by the end of 2017 Ralph has trained 520 winners from Kimpton with his best result being a 1-2 in the 2013 Oaks with Talent and Secret Gesture. Not forgetting, Simple Verse who won the 2015 St Leger, becoming the first filly to do so since User Friendly in 1992.
Brightling Park Horse Trials
MS Amlin are proud sponsors at the hugely popular Brightling Park International Horse Trials held every year at the beginning of July in East Sussex. It has been continually running now for 30 years and regularly attracts more than 400 entries from all over the world, including renowned Olympians Sir Mark Todd, Pippa Funnell, Tina Cook, Zara Phillips and Oliver Townend.
"We are very grateful for MS Amlin's continued support" says organiser Gardie Grissell.
The MS Amlin Eventers’ Challenge
MS Amlin sponsors the Eventers Challenge taking place on Thursday at the Royal International Horse Show held at Hickstead. This is the fourth year the MS Amlin Eventers’ Challenge has been held at Hickstead , previously known as the Eventing Grand Prix which has been held at Hickstead since 1998 and has seen numerous top riders win the title, including Pippa Funnell, Andrew Nicholson, Lucinda Fredericks and Paul Tapner. A number of the showground’s iconic fences are included in the course, including the Road Crossing, Derby Bank and Irish Bank. David Ashby, Managing Director of MS Amlin Equine, said “It is wonderful to see again such a great line up of international competitors for the MS Amlin Eventers’ Challenge. The International Arena at Hickstead is truly unique and I look forward to seeing how the riders tackle this year’s course. The best of luck to all competing”.