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After a successful 2016 ‘Give and Gain’ partnership between Richard Fahey Racing and Flying Futures CIC, today we can proudly announce the official formation of the ‘5 Star Active’ northern hub – a formal partnership between Flying Futures CIC, Richard Fahey Racing and Harrowells Limited. The partnership, which aims to increase awareness amongst young people and promote employability within the horse racing industry ,will be championed by no other than Adam McNamara – the jockey that never should have been.

Aged 13 at the time, Adam first got into horse riding as a polo-crosse player. Clearly a natural on a horse, it wasn’t long before Adam progressed onto horse racing itself. His passion for horses, coupled with his determination to keep improving in the field, led to him moving to Yorkshire in his late teens to become an apprentice jockey under Richard Fahey Racing.

Richard Fahey, a fellow Irishman himself, evidently saw a lot of potential in this rookie rider and his judgement was not misplaced. In August 2016, Adam entered his first ever Ebor race at York and won, riding Heartbreak City to glory. Adam spoke of his family’s affection for the York races and explained that winning Ebor had always been a dream – he had never envisaged winning it, least of all at his first attempt! At just 19 years of age, Adam McNamara had become a household name over night.

We are very excited and privileged to announce Adam as the ambassador for this partnership project. He is a fantastic role model for young people and a great example of what can be achieved through passion and determination. Not coming from a racing background himself, Adams story reflects the very ethos of the project itself – encouraging young people to explore an industry that they wouldn’t necessarily have considered if it weren’t for the opportunities being presented to them through this very project. As denoted by Adam, he admits that “if you are passionate and put in the hard work, it is a fantastic industry to make a career in…you don’t have to be bred into it to be able to achieve in this sector”.

We are really looking forward to working with Adam in the next coming months and engaging him in the different elements that make up the project. Make sure you read our next blog for more details!