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Joanna Mason recovery update

Joanna Mason recovery update
Sun 18 Jun 2023|Joanna Mason

It's now five days since Joanna suffered injury on the gallops last Monday morning.

Riding a two-year-old filly the horse was spooked and Joanna came off and suffered a nasty spiral fracture to her distal fibula.

Jo is having regular physio at Jack Berry House and the bruising has now really shown itself.

The aim is to be back in four weeks, but in the meantime Joanna is keeping herself busy and today is working here as Saturday secretary.

The bruising has come out!
Photo: Joanna Mason

Jo is no stranger to broken bones. In 2015 she crushed her T9 and fractured her T8 vertebrae in a fall at Huworth Point-to-Point on 21st March. She now has eight pins and two rods in her back but her recovery was amazing and just two months later she sat on a horse for the first time post-injury.

Jo was soon back race riding and her first ride saw her finish third at Doncaster on 9th July, less than four months after injury. The following day she rode the Mick Easterby trained Space War to victory in an amateur ladies’ race at Chester.

In 2020 Jo turned professional and had her first pro-winner aboard Marwari at Newcastle on New Year's Eve. Ever since she has climbed the ranks, riding out her professional claim and piloting 44 winners in her first season with a professional licence. A hugely popular jockey on the circuit, she also rode winners in the Shergar Cup and in Saudi Arabia at the Saudi Cup in 2022.

Jo in her amateur days having won the Queen Mother's Cup at York on Tapis Libre

Jo's time in the pro-ranks has seen her gain a significant following amongst racing fans and in addition to her amazing ability in the saddle her trademark smile and cheery personality have seen her become a jockey with astonishing popularity. Even back in her early amateur days she gained the nickname 'Golden Girl' from one of our owners!

Jo has ridden 68 winners for the stable to date, both in it's guise as Mick Easterby Racing and latterly under the joint licence with her uncle, David. Jo's mother Susan has also previously ridden a winner for her the stable when successful on Andros Prince at Hexham back in 1989. Joanna has been in fine form in 2023 and the weekend before her injury she was in the winners' enclosure with Shimmering Sands and Reach as well as taking the Arab race at Doncaster.

We wish Jo all the best in her latest recovery and she'll be back riding once the all clear is given.

Jockeys are a brave set who put their bodies on the line. They work long hours and expose themselves to enormous risks so to those who regularly troll and abuse them when the horse they've backed doesn't win, just remember it's a lot harder and riskier being in the saddle than sitting at home in an armchair.