Four-time Champion Jump Jockey Ricard Johnson retires

News | 3rd April 2021

Richard Johnson, one of the most decorated riders in Briitsh Jump Racing history has retired. Johnson rode over 3,800 winners and was Champion jockey on four occasions.

Four time Champion Jump Jockey Richard Johnson has announced his immediate retirement after 27 years in the saddle.

Johnson rode a total of 3,824 winners, a figure only bettered by his long-term weighing room rival and friend, Sir AP McCoy.

In a statement Johnson said: “After nearly 30 years in the saddle, the time has come for me to retire.

“I have been so extraordinarily lucky to have ridden so many wonderful horses, and for so many incredible trainers and owners. It was particularly important to me to finish on one for Philip and Sarah Hobbs who, like Henry Daly, have supported me for over 20 years. I’ll never be able to articulate what their loyalty has meant to me.”

The outpouring of affection for the man known to many as simply ‘Dicky’ across social media in the immediate aftermath just shows the high regard in which Johnson was viewed by both his colleagues and racing fans alike.

Tributes Flow From Fellow Riders