Jessica Harrington, Horse Racing Trainer

Jessica Harrington is one of Ireland’s most successful racehorse trainers.

Age should never be a barrier to ambition and trying something new should never be a step too far.

Jessica Harrington has lived up to both of those maxims throughout her career as a racehorse trainer and has doubled down in recent years despite breaking through the age barrier of 70, without a backwards glance.

She became the most successful woman trainer of all time at the Cheltenham Festival.

She has won each of the three major prizes in the sport the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and Champion Chase.

Racing is one of the few sports where men and women compete against each other both in the saddle and in the management of horse as trainers.

Harrington has scaled the ultimate height in the latter having previously represented Ireland as a three-day eventer at World Championships and Olympic Games.

In 2018 She has also been to the fore as a vocal ambassador for the 20X20 Campaign.


50 Women of Influence in Irish Sport 2018 is brought to you by Sport for Business in partnership with our friends at Liberty Insurance.

Over the coming weeks, we will identify more leaders on and off the field of play. They will include those who are role models in terms of their abilities and what they have achieved. They will come from teams and individual sports, from sponsorship partners, from the media, from the administrative corridors of power and from places where influence may be subtle but no less powerful.

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