Padge Whelan finds perfect job after injury forced retirement from racing

Having graduated last year with a degree in Equine Science and Business Management from The Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, Padge Whelan, has now landed his dream job with Dengie Horse Feeds. He will primarily be based in Ireland as well as looking after some of the racing sector in the UK.

Padge started as Irish Sales Manager and Thoroughbred Specialist in June, having undertaken company sales and product training beforehand, and is loving his new role:

“It’s my perfect job. I was keen to return to Ireland and my role keeps me involved in the equine and thoroughbred industry. I wouldn’t have got this position based on my equine science studies alone; nor would I have got it just because I’m a former jockey. It was the unique combination of both that appealed,” explains Padge.

The Injured Jockeys Fund and JETS have been supporting Padge throughout his rehabilitation and career journey, following his career-ending injury in the US.

“When I was forced to retire I was stuck in a Catch-22 situation. I knew I needed to return to university to secure a solid future for my young family, but because I have a young family to support, returning to study without some assistance would have been virtually impossible.

“It was hard work, but without the support of the IJF, the JETS scholarship and JETS’ help with job searches, I would never have got this far. I’ll be eternally grateful for all their help and support,” ends Padge.

JETS – The Jockeys Employment & Training Scheme – was established to help jockeys achieve a secure future, see for more information.

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