To mark International Women’s Day, KPMG has announced a new partnership with one of Ireland’s leading jockeys, Rachael Blackmore.

The two-year deal will see Blackmore come on board as a KPMG ambassador as she looks to build on her incredible achievements in 2021.

These included becoming the first female jockey to ride a winner in the Champion Hurdle on Honeysuckle at the Cheltenham Festival; the first female to win the Ruby Walsh Trophy for leading jockey in Cheltenham riding an incredible 6 winning horses during the four-day festival and less than a month later becoming the first female ever to win what is widely regarded as horse racing’s biggest and toughest race, the Aintree Grand National.

She was named the RTÉ Sports Personality of the Year and the BBC World Sports Personality of the Year, as well as picking up a host of other awards from the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Her Sport and others.

KPMG is a long-term supporter of women’s sport in Ireland, and strives to create equality between men and women’s sport in Ireland, having previously supported the 20×20 campaign, and recently announced a four-year extension to its’ partnership with Irish golfer, Leona Maguire.

In addition to its partnership with Rachael, KPMG also sponsors the KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes at the Irish Champions Weekend which takes place at Leopardstown racecourse in September.

The organisation recently hosted ‘All Wrapped Up’, an event that saw Rachael, Leona Maguire and Olympic Gold medallist Kellie Harrington discuss their sporting achievements during the year and look ahead to their respective 2022 seasons.

“I am proud to become a KPMG ambassador,” said Blackmore. “I have been very impressed with KPMG’s support for women in sport in Ireland, particularly with their involvement in the 20×20 campaign over the last few years.”

“I had a great time partnering with KPMG at the end of 2021 for the ‘All Wrapped Up’ event and really enjoyed working with them, so today’s announcement is a wonderful progression. Their support will be a fantastic boost for me moving forward in 2022.”

“We’re delighted to be announcing our partnership with Rachael today,” added KPMG Managing Partner in Ireland, Seamus Hand.

“Investing in young talented people is core to our firm and our values and we are really excited about the partnership.”

“Rachael is a true role model, showing real commitment and dedication to succeed, but also by demonstrating equality in horse racing. We have been committed to supporting and promoting women in sport for many years and we look forward to continuing that journey with Rachael. We wish Rachael all the best in the season ahead and are looking forward to seeing her in action and hopefully succeeding again at the Cheltenham Festival next week.”