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Belfast-born Richard won the Aintree Grand National on West Tip in 1986, followed up in the race again when riding Miinnehoma in 1994 and was Champion Jump Jockey three times (1993-95). He was awarded an MBE for services to his sport in 1993 and hung up his boots in 1999 following a neck injury.

He has travelled extensively since retirement to over 80 countries and undertaken expeditions to both the Arctic and Antarctic. In 2003 he competed in the inaugural Polar Race to the Magnetic North Pole and in 2008 overcame the crevasses en route to the South Pole, travelling 700 miles on skis. In 2017, to raise funds for Sarcoma UK he walked 2000 miles through Japan´s three largest islands from Cape Sata to Cape Soya.

He has led many tours for Wild Frontiers over the past 16 years from Wild Horses holidays in Kyrgyzstan to 30-day hikes in the Wakhan Corridor.

He is a motivational speaker, professional photographer and a member of the judging panel of the prestigious photographic awards TPOTY (Travel Photographer of the Year)


Q: Favourite city?

A: Berlin Great culture, great night life and a great HHH (hash house harriers).

Q: Favourite country?

A: Kyrgyzstan; a stunning country Lake Son Kul is one of the most captivating and magical places I've ever been.

Q: Most memorable journey?

A: Recovery Glacier to the South Pole; it kept me out of trouble for 48 days.

Q: Favourite / Best travel advice?

A: Be curious and humble.

Q: Next on must-see list?

A: Ethiopia or Japan