Mr Gerry Ryan - OAM Jayco
Gerry Ryan OAM, founder of Jayco, has supported the National Jockeys Trust since its inception.
At a meeting with AJA representatives in December 2006, JAYCO’s principal Gerry Ryan expressed his commitment in developing the sponsorship into a national program. JAYCO subsequently agreed to sponsor jockeys at all major racing carnivals in each state, including major country cups, with all proceeds going the Trust to assist jockeys and their families who are in need due to serious injury, illness or death.
In 2013, when the breeches sponsorship concluded with Jayco, the Trustees of the NJT could not think of anyone more appropriate than Gerry to become a patron.
The Chief Executive of the Trust, Mr Paul Innes OAM, stated, “Indeed, it has only been through the support of Gerry and Jayco, as the inaugural sponsor of the Trust, that we have been able to provide assistance to seriously injured jockeys in need.”
Former champion Australian jockey Darren Beadman has been appointed a Patron of the National Jockeys’ Trust.
The Chairman of the Trust, Paul Innes AOM, said, “It’s a great honour to have champion jockey Darren Beadman, who knows only too well the dangers of being a jockey and who has suffered his serious injury, as Patron of the National Jockeys Trust.
Mr Beadman said he greatly supported the Trust and the work and dedication that goes into assisting seriously injured jockeys.
“Having suffered a life-changing injury, I know first-hand how difficult it can be and how important it is to have a strong support network. The National Jockeys’ Trust provides much of this needed support,” Mr Beadman said.
“I love this wonderful sport of racing and the people involved, and I am proud to accept the role of Patron for the National Jockeys Trust.”
“I look forward to working with the Trustees to assist riders and their families throughout Australia.”