Richard Johnson Profile

Richard Johnson - JockeyRichard Johnson is the most successful English jockey competing in national hunt racing. Whilst Johnson has been overshadowed by the exploits of Ireland’s Tony McCoy throughout his career, he is undoubtedly one of the finest jumps jockeys in the world, and is rarely outside the top 3 in the British National Hunt Jockey Championship.

Racing Profile:

Richard Johnson first emerged on the national hunt scene in 1995, when he won the Conditional Jumps Jockey championship at the age of 18. As a youngster, Johnson was mentored and supported by David Nicholson, who encouraged him to pursue a career as a professional jockey.

Johnson took several years to make his presence felt as a professional jumps jockey, settling for wins in some of the smaller national hunt races. He eventually made his breakthrough in 1999, when he won the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Johnson has since partnered some of the finest trainers and racehorses in national hunt racing.


Richard Johnson, like his arch-rival Tony McCoy, has yet to win the Grand National at Aintree. The Cheltenham Festival has been a different story, as Richard Johnson followed up his World Hurdle win in 1999 with victories in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Queen Mother Champion Chase and Champion Hurdle.

Johnson is at present the only jockey in national hunt racing to have won all four of the Cheltenham Festival’s feature races. Johnson has also claimed one of the four Nationals, by winning the 1999 Welsh Grand National on Edmond.


Richard Johnson was born in Hereford on July 21st 1977. Johnson descends from racing stock, with both his father and grandfather involved in training and racing national hunt racehorses. Johnson’s personal life was tabloid fodder during the years when he was romantically involved with Zara Phillips, the Queen’s granddaughter. The couple eventually split, and Johnson later married Natasha Hobbs, the daughter of top national hunt trainer Phillip Hobbs.

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