former jockey Robin Trevor-Jones, originally from Clitheroe, is celebrating a top award in the world of racing.
Television sports presenter Clare Balding handed Robin the “Highest Achiever” trophy in the annual stable awards of the Godolphin Stud, which is owned by the super-rich Maktoum family of Dubai.
And Robin (50) treated his mother Elizabeth, of Denbigh Drive, Clitheroe, to a weekend in London to attend the awards at the Jumariah Hotel and rub shoulders with the rich and famous.
Robin has ridden since he was a young boy, and after he left Moorland School as a teenager he studied and trained to be a National Hunt jockey.
He later gave up racing and took an HGV course to go into the horse training business, and became Travelling Head Lad for top trainer Ed Dunlop at La Grange, Newmarket, where he has now worked for 15 years.
Mr Dunlop said: “We are very proud of Robin in obtaining this prestigious award, especially given that it was a year of record entries and the judges admitted having a stiff task given the high standard.”
Robin’s job involves travelling about the UK and all over the world, in charge of the team looking after the horses. In recent months, his work has taken him to Australia, Japan and China.
He has had reponsibility for top horses such as Ouijaboard and more recently Red Cadeaux.
“Robin isn’t the kind of man to boast about his achievements, but many people at the ceremony said his award was well deserved,” said Mrs Trevor-Jones, who used to be head’s secretary at Moorland School.
“We very much enjoyed meeting Clare Balding. She’s a lovely lass.”
They also chatted with former jockey and TV racing pundit Brough Scott, top trainer Michael Stoute, commentator Derek Thompson and breeder Brad Scott.
Mrs Trevor-Jones added: “Everyone was so friendly. It was a weekend to remember.”