Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Richard Dunwoody became the only jockey of his generation to win the ‘Big Three’ National Hunt races following wins on West Tip (Grand National 1986), Charter Party (Gold Cup 1988) and Kribensis (Champion Hurdle 1990). He also partnered the great Desert Orchid to seven victories. He won the Grand National again on Miinnehoma in 1994 and was Champion Jockey three times (1993-95). He was awarded the MBE for services to his sport in 1993.
Since retiring as a jockey in 1999 he has travelled extensively and undertaken expeditions to both the Arctic and Antarctic. In 2003 he competed in the inaugural Polar Race to the Magnetic North Pole and in 2008 he completed an unsupported expedition to the South Pole, travelling around 700 miles on skis. In 2017, to raise funds for Sarcoma UK he walked the length of Japan’s three largest islands covering over 2000 miles in 101 days.
Besides sport, adventure and travel, he has always been passionate about photography and in 2011 he signed up to a nine month intensive photojournalism course at the Spéos Photographic Institute in Paris.
In Spring 2013 his work took him to Guatemala, India, Pakistan and Egypt to photograph the challenges facing The Brooke Hospital for Animals and a successful exhibition of the resulting images of working equines and their owners was held in January 2014 at St Martin in the Fields in London.
He has worked on the highly popular Mongol Derby several times, and photographed the “Patient’s Journey” for Channel 4’s “Supervet,” Noel Fitzpatrick. His images have appeared in publications around the world including Tatler, Four Seasons Magazine, Outside and How to Spend It and in January 2018 he was commissioned to photograph Joanna Lumley for the cover of the Daily Mail Weekend Magazine.
Photo Credit: Ian Tuttle