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As with any racing event we see fabulous fascinators, amazing hats and stunning fashion and the 2021 Goodwood festival was no different, in a way, even more special after the last year we have all had.
Ladies’ day and the magnolia cup was not only just a celebration of fashion and millinery but for the twelve fearless jockeys taking part in a 40mph race at one of the most beautiful racecourses a massive event showcasing the strength of women. Each year riders are selected to take part from all walks of life, none are professional jockeys – but their resilience and determination has helped changed the perceptions of women in sport. The 2021 riders were –
- Ella Dettori– Student and Event Rider.
- Isabel Spearman – Brand Consultant and Smart Works Ambassador.
- Rachel Stringer– A Sports Presenter and Reporter.
- Callie Coles– Writer and Influencer.
- Tatiana Mountbatten – British Dressage Rider.
- Caroline Miller– Property Consultant in the UK and France.
- Thea Gosden – Hood – Co-Founder at Indigo and Ivy Events.
- Octavia Pollock– Chief sub-editor of Country Life magazine.
- Candida Crawford– Freelance Rider.
- Goose Leigh– Advertising Executive at Tatler specialising in Country Pursuits.
Smart Works is the charity benefiting from the magnolia cup and is a UK charity that helps women reach their full potential, secure employment, and change the trajectory of their lives. The impact of the pandemic on female unemployment means the charity will be more needed than ever before and aims to help more than 5000 women in the year ahead.
Thanks to the charity’s support, over 60% go on to get a job following their visit to Smart Works. As well as providing complete outfits of high-quality clothes for job interviews, beneficiaries also have access to one-to-one interview training and the opportunity to join the Smart Works Network to further their development.
There was a thrilling dead-heat between Thea Gosden-Hood and Candida Crawford