HEROS Patrons

HEROS could not continue its valuable work without the support of its patrons.

Marcus Armytage

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Marcus is racing correspondant for the Daily Telegraph and regularly writes a column for the Horse and Hound. He was an amateur NH jockey, who won the Grand National on Mr Frisk in 1990, giving he an epic ride.

Sarah Clifford

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Founder of Bathwick Tyres with Wayne Clifford her husband and one of the UK's biggest racehorse owners and independant racing sponsors.  Sarah loves her horses and has been a great supporter of HEROS Charity and help to Grace with fundraising events.

Wayne Clifford

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Founder of Bathwick Tyres with his wife Sarah. Also a leading racehorse owner and racing sponsor within the UK. The Cliffords are not only sponsors of HEROS Charity but also for David Pipe's racing stables.

Mick Fitzgerald

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One of the most successful National Hunt jockeys of our generation, he won the Grand National on Rough Quest in 1996 and held the title for leading jockey at the Cheltenham festival for two years running 1999/2000.

John Francome

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Former Champion National Hunt jockey and now racing journalist, as well as a television presenter on Channel 4.

George & Rosemary Greener

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George and Rosemary retired after busy lives running businesses and providing counselling services. Their interests in horses began when George learned to ride at 50 and Rosemary began herinvolvement with breeding and racing. They got to know Grace and the Muir family very well and quickly realised just how special Grace is with horses and the excellence of the HEROS charity. George has stepped down from the Chair of the Board of Trustees after four years and Rosemary and George are delighted to have the opportunity, working together, to give as much help and support they can as patrons.

Nicky Henderson

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Nicky is one of the UK's leading National Hunt trainers. He was assistant to the legendary Fred Winter from 1974 to 1978. In 1978 he first took out his training licence and trained from Windsor House Stables in Lambourn. He moved from there in 1990 to the famous Seven Barrows, where he still trains today. Nicky also has the honour of training for HM Queen Elizabeth II.

He has trained more than 1,000 winners and has had many great horses through his hands including past stars such as; See You Then, The Tsarevich and Remittance Man, and more recent stars such as Marlborough, the late Bacchanal, Isio, Landing Light, Geos and Fondmort to name but a few.

Richard Hughes

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Three-time champion jockey Richard Hughes has followed in the footsteps of his late father Dessie and his sister Sandra by joining the training ranks. Richard understands the diversity of Thoroughbreds: “They are intelligent and willing animals – it’s easy to support them on the track while they’re in the limelight so to speak, but all of us in racing have a duty to ensure their future away from that attention.”

Jeremy Kyle

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Jeremy Kyle is the host of one of Britain's most talked about and watched chat shows on TV . He is not afraid to speak his mind and a keen racehorse owner and has horses in training with both Nick Gifford over jumps and Andrew Balding on the flat.  Jeremy and his wife Carla have been keen supporters of HEROS and activity help to raise more funds. 

Jeremy took on the role as HEROS Ambassador in February 2015.

Lady Martin

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Wife of the late Sir George Martin, Lady Martin is an enthusiastic supporter of HEROS Charity and is always willing to help and support our various events. 

The Lady Eliza Mays-Smith

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Racehorse owner and local land owner. Lady Eliza used to own and keep the Lambourn gallops and has always been a keen racehorses owner and rider.

Michelle McCullagh

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We were delighted to welcome Michelle as a Patron of HEROS in 2014 after she visited us with the Society of Equine Artists (SEA) and saw what we we do here. Horses have always been a huge part of her life, she was on a horse before she could draw and was drawing before she could write. It was her grandmother who first taught her how to draw a horse's back leg. Now Michelle makes her their living from painting horses.

Michelle works from her studio in Dorset where her fascination with the anatomy of animals is explored in her paintings of light. Michelle's work is inspired by studies that fill her sketchbook and is enhanced by her skilled draughtsmanship and thorough knowledge of anatomy. The result is an exciting and unique style which continues to challenge and excite her. Her work is regularly exhibited at The Osborne Studio Gallery, London, and The Iona House Gallery in Woodstock.

Stuart and Liz Pearce

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Very keen racing enthusiasts and owners of NH horses. Stuart Pearce played football in the English  team and is now manager of the England under 21 football team.  Liz his wife looks after horses in their yard at home and is an extremely strong supporter of rehoming ex-racehorses.

Richard Phillips

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Comedian and racehorse trainer, not necessarily in that order!  Richard, Pride of Racing Award winner in 2011 is noted for the terriffic work he does for charities of all types.  We are honoured to have him as a patron and he definately earns his keep.

Captain Mark Phillips

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Captain Mark Phillips began his successful equestrian career when he rode for The Beaufort Hunt Pony Club Team for five successive years, reaching the final on three occasions. He went on to win Team Gold Medals at the Olympics, World and European Championships, as well as winning Badminton four times and Burghley once. In addition to being one for the world's leading three day event riders, Captain Phillips has also represented GB in the showjumping arena in two winning Nation's Cup Teams.

In 1989 he designed a highly successful course for the European Championships at Burghley, where he remained the course designer until 2000 and was re-appointed for 2005-2007. He is designing numerous courses in GB and the USA as well as Germany, France and New Zealand.

John Reid

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Retired from racing in September 2001, John was a very triumphant flat jockey. His first classic victory came in 1982 in the 1,000 Guineas aboard On the House. He followed with wins in the King George and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes twice to name a few. His biggest win came on Dr Devious in the 1992 Epsom Derby. In total John rode 1,937 winners and 48 international Group 1 races.

In 1997 John was made MBE for his services to horse racing – which he continues to date supporting HEROS and riding in charity races. (see HEROS gallery for pictures)

Paul Roy

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Paul Roy has over 30 years' experience in the banking and securities industry and is presently Chairman of the BHA.  Paul has had several of his horses rehomed by HEROS over the years including ; Susan's Pride, Tamiami Trail and Twilight Blues to name a few.  He is very keen on rehoming ex-racehorses and always makes sure his horses are catered for after their racing days are over.

Marcus Townend

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Marcus Townend is the Sportsmail correspondent for the Daily Mail and generally just writes about racing. In October 2015 he set about learning to ride having accepted a challenge to ride in a charity race. From zero experience to riding a thoroughbred in the HEROS Charity race at Royal Windsor Racecourse in August 2016 (with less than a year's experience in the saddle) Marcus has discovered a new perspective of the racing industry.

Chris Wright

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Racehorse owner and music business executive of Chrysalis records.


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