Belfast Telegraph

Richard Dunwoody in new career as photojournalist

By Tony Jones

Richard Dunwoody is well used to finishing ahead in photo finishes – but now the Northern Ireland horse racing hero is on the other side of the camera.

The former National Hunt jockey from Comber, Co Down, has started a new career as a photojournalist and for his first major show focused on the welfare of horses and donkeys.

The Grand National winner put on the show to celebrate the 80th anniversary of equine welfare charity The Brooke, whose president is the Duchess of Cornwall.

His photographic exhibition highlighted the plight of horses and donkeys working in harsh conditions in India, Pakistan, Guatemala and Egypt.

Dunwoody's interest in photography began as a teenager but it was not until he decided to enrol on a nine-month intensive photojournalism course at the Speos Photographic Institute in Paris two years ago that he began to devote himself full-time to his passion.

The feature picture is a portrait of a boy with his family's blind mare, used to help pull the cart of his father, a rag and bone man living in Guatemala.

Dunwoody said: "In some of the places the people were very poor, struggling to fend for themselves, let alone their animals. The Brooke educates them to look after their animals a little bit better."

At the exhibition held in the crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London, Camilla told the former champion jockey: "I hope your new career goes well, I'm impressed."

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