Joanna Mason is the Arabian Racing Organisation's reigning Lady Champion Amateur Jockey and will be looking to continue the success of the UK in the Best Amateur Jockey category. Mason's career in Arabian racing has catapulted since her first ride in the 2016 Texas leg of HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship Series (IFAHR), finishing a close second. This Texas ride was the spark that fuelled her enthusiasm for Arabian Racing and she clinched the Ladies domestic title with five wins from 25 rides for a variety of owners, including ARO patron HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Mason admitted that the invitation hadn’t really sunk in saying: “It’s such an honour to be put forward for this award and I am really excited to be going to America. Thanks to the HH Sheikha Fatima race series introducing me to the sport, I’ve had a fantastic first season racing with ARO. I am really grateful to all the owners who supported me last season and am looking forward to defending my title in the UK this year.”
ARO’s Media and PR Executive and Official Photographer, Debbie Burt is nominated for the fourth time in the media category and she was delighted to learn of her invitation saying: “It is through ARO and the original nomination for the HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Darley Awards that my career as a racing journalist and photographer has flourished.”
She continued: “As well as my own magazine, I write and supply pictures for numerous publications around the world, covering both Arabian and Thoroughbred racing. It is an honour to represent the UK in these prestigious awards again, and regardless of the result on the 31st, I hope that my work will continue to promote and support the sport of Arabian racing globally.”