Jump Girls - an observational 100-minute documentary
in association with Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) - airs on ITV4 on Saturday,
March 16 at 10:30am immediately after ITV Racing’s Opening Show and will also
be available to view on the ITV Hub for 30 days.
Jump Girls provides unique access to the key women at
the top of National Hunt racing in Ireland - trainer Jessica Harrington and her
daughters Kate and Emma, and jockeys Rachael Blackmore, Katie Walsh, Lisa
O’Neill, Katie O’Farrell. There are also contributions from Nina Carberry,
Lizzie Kelly and Bryony Frost.
This observational documentary follows these remarkable
sportswomen throughout the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 jumps seasons and provides
us with a glimpse into the physical and mental lengths they go to for their profession.
There were a number of landmark moments for women in National
Hunt racing during the making of Jump Girls. Rachael Blackmore became the first
woman ever to lead the Irish Jockeys Championship and also the first woman
rider ever to win three races on the same day. At the 2018 Cheltenham Festival,
female jockeys won four races for the first time in festival history, while
three women rode in the 2018 Aintree Grand National.
Jump Girls was funded
by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and TG4 (Irish public service
broadcaster for Irish-language speakers) and is directed by Luke McManus and
produced by Touchline Media, the same creative team behind the IFTA-winning
‘Arkle – The Legend Lives On’ in 2015 and IFTA-nominated ‘Jump Boys’ in 2012.
Commercial and Marketing Director at Horse Racing Ireland, said: “Jump Girls provides exceptional access to some of the brilliant
women in Irish jumps racing and gives sports fans a sense of their extraordinary
skill and affinity with horses and their unique combination of mental and
physical courage. We are excited to work with Touchline Media and ITV to create
an English language version to allow us to amplify the wonderful story of Jump
Girls to a much wider audience.”
Producer at Touchline Media, commented: “This is a golden era for women in
National Hunt racing and we were very fortunate as film makers to be able to
chronicle these exceptional times. We would like to thank everyone who took
part in our documentary and for having faith in us to record the highs and lows
of their lives in jumps racing.”