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Top female jockey swaps horses for homework

One of Cumbria's top jockeys has decided to give up her professional riding status and return to the amateur ranks so she can take up a teaching job in Penrith.

Emma Sayer has been racing competitively since she was 16 and has been a professional jockey since 2013.

The 24-year-old says it's been a huge decision for her, but that she'll now have the best of both worlds.

Kim Inglis reports:

Galashiels jockey swaps horses for hounds

The Grand National takes place this Saturday, and will be watched by tens of millions of people across the world.

But the 2013 winning jockey, Ryan Mania from Galashiels, has given it all up for a new career.

Evanna Holland's been to meet him to talk about life after racing, and find out who he'll be backing in the big race.


Amateur jockey preparing for ride of his life

Keith Oakes Credit: ITV Border

An amateur jockey from Appleby is preparing to take part in the world's biggest charity race day.

Keith Oakes had no experience as a horse racer, but he began training at a local racing yard around 18 months ago.

He's now saddling up for the Best Western Macmillian Charity Race in York this summer.

It is always something that I wanted to do but never had the opportunity.

I thought I would challenge myself to see if I could get to that level and take part in it and also raise a lot of money on the way for the Macmillian charity."

– Keith Oakes

Watch: Cumbrian jockey looking forward to Ladies' Night

Emma Sayer has been Cumbria's top female jockey this season, winning three races.

She's racing at Ultimate Ladies' Night this evening, at Carlisle Racecourse, and our reporter Hannah McNulty went to meet her:

There's a lot of excitement building up to tonight, and I'm going to be in five races, so looking forward to that."

– Emma Sayer, jockey

I think it's been a great initiative for Carlisle, to really get behind the ladies of this sport, because it is a male dominated industry, so it's quite nice that the girls have one night that is special to them.

And I think everybody appreciates it, and the ladies of Carlisle have got behind it, and I'm sure everyone will have a great time."

– Diane Sayer, Emma's mother
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