Former TV presenter learns how to ride and signs up to race winning jockey

Ex-GMTV presenter Woody Morris is under starters orders to compete in a charity race at Kelso Races’ Twilight Fixture in September.

Woody hadn't really ridden before learning earlier this year 

Woody hadn't really ridden before learning earlier this year 

Having little previous experience of horses, the business owner and mother of three wanted to help the Radio Borders charity, Cash for Kids, after realising the scale of poverty among children in her own Scottish Borders region. 

From early spring 2017, she decided that she'd learn how to ride and committed to arduous training, with the aim of raising £100,000 by racing against eleven other jockeys with a range of experience, including Grand National winner Ryan Mania. 

Woody, 46, has had three trips to hospital since taking on the challenge (with broken ribs and a punctured lung), but is still determined to be at the start line. 

Woody says: “So far, I’ve felt equal amounts of exhilaration and terror. But, life’s too short to let fear stop you from what you want to do – or what you can do for others.

"Thanks so much to everyone, particularly all my superstar instructors from Nenthorn Equestrian Centre who have shown patience, kindness and believed in me every step of the way; all my friends and family who have shown so much generosity, our kind sponsors and Ally Landale of Kelso Races - the horse community in the Borders is amazing.“

Despite three trips to hospital, Woody hasn't been put off! Pic: Woody Morris 

Despite three trips to hospital, Woody hasn't been put off! Pic: Woody Morris 

Cash for Kids Manager Candy Rafferty said: “The Scottish Borders is synonymous with horsemanship, so naturally, everyone is excited about this event. 

"It comes at a time when we are receiving a record amount of appeals, particularly for child disability, long term illness and poverty.  Woody’s enthusiasm and dedication is totally infectious, and we have no doubt she will achieve what she has set out to do. ”

Gates for the race open at 2.30pm on Wednesday 20th September with Woody’s Inspirational Ladies Race the first on the card at 4.30pm. 

It is still possible to contribute by attending the race, sponsoring a horse or jockey or by making a donation online on the Radio Borders website

Tickets to the Twilight Meet at Kelso Races are available from www.kelso-races.co.uk

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