The Association of Professional Jockeys intervenes in the race gender fight after safeguarding complaints
The Association of Professional Jockeys intervenes in the fight for gender in racing after multiple protection complaints made by female jockeys … including allegations of intimidation by Bryony Frost against Robbie Dunne
- Multiple racing protection complaints have been filed in recent weeks.
- Bryony Frost claimed he was bullied and harassed by Robbie Dunne
- A second jockey, Hannah Welch, had also reported on Dunne’s behavior.
- And last week it was reported that another jockey had reported a problem
The Professional Jockeys Association has expressed frustration at slow progress in modernizing antiquated racetrack facilities, which may force men and women to mix in the same locker rooms.
PJA Executive Director Paul Struthers said progress was now being made, but the issue has become clearer after allegations by Britain’s top showjumper Bryony Frost that he suffered intimidation and harassment at the hands of his partner, rider Robbie Dunne.
The Sunday Times revealed that a second jockey, amateur jockey Hannah Welch, also reported being bullied by Dunne during a British Horse Racing Authority investigation into the Frost affair.
Bryony Frost (above) claims she was bullied and harassed by fellow jockey Robbie Dunne
Dune (above) was also charged with intimidation by amateur cyclist Hannah Welch (not pictured)
And last week it was reported that another female jockey had reported a separate protection issue to the BHA.
Struthers said: ‘It has been enormously frustrating. Weighing room facilities is something we’ve been working hard to improve for years.
“The slow progress has been a long-standing frustration, but I am encouraged by the recent signs of progress and things are picking up speed now.
“The bottom line is that there are many facilities where female jockeys have no choice but to go to the male jockeys locker room to do their job. Installations would certainly not be tolerated in other areas of life. ‘
Frost (right with coach Paul Nicholls) is one of three riders who file protection complaints.
Reasons why female cyclists may have to go to the men’s locker room include seeing their helpers, the riders’ assistants who prepare riders for a race and take care of their equipment, checking their weights on a scale before being officially weighed, and go to the only riders’. food stations. About 20 percent of PJA members are women, and that percentage will increase.
Struthers said polls of female PJA members found that they did not want to be completely segregated from their male counterparts, but highlighted the need for gender-neutral common areas.
There are currently no female valets, but the growing number of female riders seems to make their introduction unavoidable.
A BHA spokesperson confirmed that a consultation on track facilities involving themselves, the PJA and the Racecourse Association has been ongoing since the spring.
Aidan O’Brien’s team for the Breeders’ Cup, which begins in Del Mar in California one week on Friday, will be led by Love, who has a choice of Fillies & Mares or Turf.
An elevated temperature forced Love to lose the Bow and he also missed the Champion Stakes.